The Bombay Royale – The Island of Dr Electrico

The Bombay Royale - The Island of Dr Electrico

The Bombay Royale returns with a superb follow-up to the critically acclaimed You Me Bullets Love. Building upon their successful 2012 debut album, the Bombay Royale have expanded their vintage Bollywood-inspired sound on The Island of Dr Electrico (HopeStreet Recordings). With a rich mix of galactic funk, surf, disco and Spaghetti Western sounds creeping their way onto the record, this release picks up where You Me Bullets Love left off and adds a thrilling new chapter to the Bombay Royale imaginary soundtrack series. Labeled as an “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack,” The Island of Dr Electrico certainly sounds like it belongs in a film. This adventurous outing is full of diversity and has something for everyone.

The album is well produced with a deliciously analog sound. Parvyn Kaur Singh (the Mysterious Lady) and Shourov Bhattacharya (the Tiger) handle the vocals well, often trading phrases with one another. The lyrics are mostly penned by Bhattacharya and sung in Hindi and Bengali, although the band also performs songs written in English, Tamil, Telugu and Punjabi.

Kicking off with “Ankhiyan,” the Bombay Royale appears to have only strengthened their approach since their last record. The 11-piece ensemble, led by director and saxophonist Andy Williamson (the Skipper), sounds hungry and full of drive. Horn blasts and vintage synthesizers announce this bright track.

“Khubsoorat Bewafa” serves up a slice of sinister spy funk with some sitar cutting to the surface. “Tere Bina” utilizes the full ensemble to great effect. The cool guitar riff at the beginning leads the way as the song builds intensity, resulting in one of the most memorable songs on the record. The first half concludes with “Hooghly Night Patrol,” which has a mysterious sound reminiscent of an Ethiopian groove.

“Gyara 59″ slows the pace with an infectious harmonica and electric guitar blues. When the trumpet joins the guitar it sounds as if this song is taken from a classic Western. “The Bombay Twist” sounds like the title suggests. A psychedelic, Chubby Checker-inspired number with an outstanding break.

“The Island of Dr Electrico” is a 70s funk cut with wah-wah guitar, synthesizers, sitar and commanding horns which reaches an incredible crescendo. “Falcon’s Landing” is a deadly instrumental track that segues brilliantly into “The River,” perhaps one of the best songs on the album.

All streams lead to the river and the same can be said of “The River.” The record concludes with a number that wraps up this set perfectly. Singh and Bhattacharya sing a heartbreaking tale of a love lost that will get under your skin.

The Bombay Royale stunned listeners across the globe with their superb debut album in 2012. The Island of Dr Electrico is an outstanding second effort and should garner the group even more international attention. Grab the CD or buy the LP to absorb all of that analog glory.

There’s even an additional song, “Kis Taref,” which didn’t make the album. Luckily it’s available as a free download, courtesy of HopeStreet Recordings.

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Splinters & Candy 10/27/14 WVKR

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IMG_500D_1076. Cape Town, South Africa.

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Splinters & Candy airs every Monday from 4-5PM ET on independent radio 91.3FM WVKR Poughkeepsie. Live streaming at wvkr.org. Each week Alex Brown presents an eclectic collection of music from around the world.

Today’s spin around the world lands us in Nigeria, Mali, Morocco, Turkey, India, Canada, Ghana, Algeria, South Africa, Brazil and the USA. Global eclecticism for sonic harmony. Tune in every week for more surprises.

PLAYLIST

Tony Allen – “Boat Journey”
Awa Sangho – “Né Ba Ni N’fa”
Simo Lagnawi – “Hiriza Foulan”
Olcay Bayir – “Jarnana”
Derdiyoklar Ikilisi – “Dom Dom Kurşunu”
Kiran Ahluwalia – “Jaane Na”
Edzayawa – “Adesa”
Cheb Mami – “Douni el Bladi”
Brenda Fassie – “Sum’bulala”
Virginia Rodrigues – “Afrekêtê”
Lhasa – “El Árbol del Olido”
Cocek! Brass Band – “Here Comes Shlomo”

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Zvuloon Dub System – Anbessa Dub

Zvuloon Dub System - Anbessa Dub

The music and history of Jamaica, Ethiopia and Israel come together on Anbessa Dub, an honest and mature release from Israeli group Zvuloon Dub System. After merging Jamaican and Israeli sounds together for years, the band has drawn on Ethiopia more and more as an influence in the recent past, courtesy of their Ethiopian singer Gili Yallo. On this release they fully embrace Ethiopian music, bringing the krar and maskino into their roots reggae and dub mix. The album also includes a number of guests, including legendary Ethiopian singer Mahmoud Ahmed.

Anbessa Dub is direct and steady throughout its entirety. While Zvuloon Dub System have always managed to combine roots reggae and dub in a genuine way, this new direction is a welcome change. Their Ethiopian blend is so authentic, it’s hard to imagine the band won’t continue exploring this style. The inclusion of Mahmoud Ahmed shows how respected the group has become. His work on “Ney Denun Tieshe” is certainly one of the highlights on the record. His voice has lots of texture with plenty of bite and grit; a perfect vehicle for the band.

“Tenesh Kelbe Lay” offers a nice contrast to the recent cover of this famous track performed by Debo Band. On this slower rendition, the band sits back and lets Gili Yalo dwell on the chorus to great effect. Everything sounds neatly in place and natural, thanks in large part to the band’s commitment to recording everything in analog which adds a thick layer of warmth to each composition.

Yaacov Lilay sings and plays the krar on “Tsbukti Fetret,” which features one of the album’s most infectious grooves. The krar slips notes between syncopated electric guitar strums, giving the track a funky disposition. The krar returns, along with Dejen Manchelot’s maskino, on “Yene Almaz,” the most authentic cut on the record. For this closer, the band abandons their typical reggae style for a stripped-down Ethiopian sound that wraps up this set perfectly.

Fans of Ethiopian music and solid roots reggae will clamor over this release.

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Splinters & Candy 10/06/14 WVKR

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Niger S 048 Kofi with Bike

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Splinters & Candy airs every Monday from 4-5PM ET on independent radio 91.3FM WVKR Poughkeepsie. Live streaming at wvkr.org. Each week Alex Brown presents an eclectic collection of music from around the world.

Lend your ears to selections from Canada, Mali, USA, Spain, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Cuba, Cape Verde, Israel, Ethiopia, Niger, Brazil and beyond. Plenty of variety for any discerning listener. Tune in every week for more global music.

PLAYLIST

Eccodek ft. Jah Youssouf – “Village in Me”
Lowdown Brass Band – “Keep on Burning”
Cocek! Brass Band – “There Goes Shlomo”
Alma Afrobeat Ensemble – “Majority Whip”
Fela Kuti & Nigeria 70 – “Viva Nigeria”
Super Rail Band – “Foliba”
Quraishi – “Heart”
Abelardo Barroso with Orquesta Sensacion – “La Mulata Rumbera”
Cesária Évora – “Esperança”
Zvuloon Dub System – “Yene Almaz”
Tal National – “Zigda”
Carlinhos Brown – “Omelete Man”

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Splinters & Candy 09/29/14 WVKR

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Splinters & Candy airs every Monday from 4-5PM ET on independent radio 91.3FM WVKR Poughkeepsie. Live streaming at wvkr.org. Each week Alex Brown presents an eclectic collection of music from around the world.

Tune in to hear music from Thailand, Tanzania, Morocco, Gabon, Turkey, Israel, Moravia, Sweden, Mauritania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea and beyond. Global sounds guaranteed to please. Thanks for listening.

PLAYLIST

Khun Narin Electric Phin Band – “Lai Sing”
Western Jazz Band – “Shida”
OUM – “Taragalte”
Oliver N’Goma – “Icole”
Bayir Olcay – “Min Bêriya Te Kiriye”
Ayelet Rose Gottlieb – “A Woman’s Song”
Dálava – “Vyšla Děvčina”
FatDog – “Jonas Slängpolska”
Malouma – “Maghrour”
Madilu System – “Tonton Gigolo”
Djeli Moussa Diawara – “Kana Mone”

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Splinters & Candy airs Mondays from 4-5PM ET on 91.3FM WVKR. Live streaming at wvkr.org. Each week Alex Brown presents an eclectic collection of music from around the globe.