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An eclectic mix of beat and sound, Mumbai based band Bombay Bassment has just dropped their new album Bombay Bassment x FUNC VIP; the electronic avatar of the band's first album as imagined by FUNC. Packed with fresh and diverse sounds, their new album is a mixed bag of collaborations with big and independent rockers from the industry like Pentagram and Shaa'ir + Func guitarist and electronica producer, FUNC aka Randolph Correia. 

‘There is no fixed recipe as such. Anything could trigger a start’, comments bass player Ruell Barretto, ‘be it a catchy hook by Chandu aka Major C, a beat, a bass line or vocals. Fortunately over the years we have been able to find a way to blend in what everyone gets to the table without diluting the essence of the track.’

With the modest backstory of a few friends coming together, writing songs in a jam room, to gearing up to tour the country this summer, BB seems to have come out of its basement in full lyrical splendour. Making music that they love and truly believe in, the band in an exciting mix of two Goans, one South Indian, and one African, bringing their diverse experiences together in the music they create. Their new 10-track album VIP promises a heavy electro, “drum n bass” sound engraved in each track and tweaked to make every tune stand out in a way different from each other. 

‘As an act, we have scaled heights that we never imagined when we started out’ Ruell muses, ‘One thing we realize is that it’s a privilege when people appreciate a piece of artwork that you have painstakingly composed, and as an artist, there’s nothing bigger than that in terms of personal fulfilment.’

Featured in The Indiecision’s list of Most Promising Indie Acts of 2010, Bombay Bassment has managed to gather quiet many feathers in its musician’s hat. Winning multiple awards in the first two years since their formation the band won Best Emerging Band at the 7th Annual Jack Daniel’s Rock Awards. In 2011, they won the Converse: Original Band Hunt. They also won Gold for Best Hip Hop Group, Silver for Best Hip Hop Song, and Bronze in the Genre Bending Act category at the South Asian Indie Go Music Awards. The musicians have played at some of the premier music festivals across India including the Bacardi NH7 Weekender, Ziro Festival, SulaFest, GO:Mad Festival and the Reunion Kaloobang Festival in Reunion Island and have over the years managed to shared stages with Snoop Dogg, The Wailers, Gentleman’s Dub Club Young the Giant, Will & The People, and Apache Indian who even joined them on stage for their rendition of Manu Chao’s King of the Bongo.

Talking about what lies ahead in their pipeline, bassist Ruell details, ‘Once this tour is over, we’re set to release more music, much quicker than we have in the past. There are many awesome artists, both veteran and upcoming that we have met along the way that we’re keen on collaborating with.’ With the promise of more experimental music in an EP or album in the future as soon as the dust settles on VIP, the band promises to bring more of their signature hip-hop, reggae, dancehall and funk sounds. 

Their 10-track album releases June 1 and the band goes on a 5-city tour to Mumbai, Pune, Chandigarh, Delhi and Bangalore.

Text Rhea Dangwal


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