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Boomkat Product Review:
It's been impossible to escape the name Buraka Som Sistema in the last couple of years. The Portuguese/Angolan crew first came into public awareness in 2006 with an inclusion on an Institubes mix CD, which promptly caught the attention of any bloggers who hadn't already heard of the crew's blend of Hi-NRG electro, house and Afro rhythms better known as Kuduro in their native Portugal and Angola respectively. The band have since become the default African party band of choice for trendy youths and music heads looking for the newest thing outta Africa, and their close links with Diplo and the Hot Chip related Greco Roman label solidified their approval rating, earning them support across the board. Now signed to London clubbing powerhouse Fabric's in-house label they deliver their debut album loaded with party hot killers and club ready goods designed for play for a peaktime rumpus anywhere. 'Kalemba Wegue Wegue' was recently released through Greco-Roman records and is included here, a surefire and definitive BSS anthem is there ever was one, while 'Sound Of Kuduro' feat DJ Znobia, Puto Prata, and Saborosa alongside M.I.A easily deserves to be a massive hit with it's excitement synthlines and standardly damn effective dancing rhythms. For the diggers there's their first ever release 'Yah!' which set off the whole thing in the first place, and a hookup with UK grime prettyboy Kano on 'Skank & Move' with a syck syncopated groove with deadly 808s making the compatibility with Bassline or Funky blatantly obvious. The best is certainly saved til last though, with 'New Africas pt.1&2' painting the scene with a spoken intro before humping up with a shockingly deadly percussive rush weaved with rave signals and mean electro synths to leave you drenched in sweat and grunting for more. Purely effective dancing gear for fans of Mujava, Diplo, Geeneus, Hot Chip, Skepta and raving with style.