They blend elements of hip hop, reggae, ragga, electro, breaks and trip hop, with other influences brimming under the surface, particularly in a latino sense. The couple of tracks that are featured below as downloads, come from their 1st album, entitled ‘A Origem da Natureza Urbana‘, which translates as ‘The Origins Of Urban Nature’, and there is most certainly a solid urban flavour encompassing both featured tunes.
The Jungle Bird track was a finalist in the Latin section of the International Songwriting Competition back in 2010, and while it could simply be described as Brazilian Hip Hop, it also has that French suburban thing going on too, in my opinion, and of course it has ragga and African touches too. The other track featured for download, Samson’s Dub, is a taste of ambient Caribbean-infleunced trip hop, with a pure reggae groove throughout. It creeps along with a nice sinister feel to it.
The group was founded by Michael Lovatt (aka Elektrodouche, the band’s main producer), who is based in the Irish capital, Dublin, and MC Quilombola, who is located all the way over in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This inter-continental group have also included guests from other parts of Europe, and from Africa too, and on the impending 2nd album a new Brazilian vocalist, Bianca Fachel, features heavily. There are tasters of the 2nd album – which is still in production – available to listen to on the groups Soundcloud page.
Whilst I’m generally only going to add and review new releases/material, there will be some exceptions, and this 2010-released album makes that grade. It’s been a firm favourite of mine for some time now, and I was very pleased when the lads gave me permission to pass on the 2 tracks below, one of which – Jungle Bird – is an exclusive free mp3 download for Queep Organic visitors!
Urban Response - Jungle Bird
Urban Response - Samson's Dub (Instrumental Mix)
I will keep you all informed when the 2nd album is finished and ready for release.
This album was released independently.