Sunday, August 07, 2022

Boddhi Satva - Manifestation [Batakari / BBE Music]

Released via BBE Music offshoot x sister label Batakari on July 1st, 2k22 is "Manifestation", the third and final episode of Boddhi Satva's so-called conceptual "Ancestral Soul Cyle" of extended longplay albums. Presenting a total of 31 tunes over the course of a 122+ minutes spanning 2CD-set created alongside an even larger set of collaborating and contributing artists known and lesser known from literally all over the world with the likes of Indira, Atjazz, DJ Satellite, Zaki Ibrahim, Fredy Massamba and many more amongst them Boddhi Satva sets out on a journey into realms of deep, Tribal-infused AfroHouse from the very first bars of the opening title track "Manifestation (feat. Ekele & Jorge Bezerro)" onwards, drifts into syncopated organic and vocal-driven dancefloor territories with the subsequent "Killah Mbongo (feat. Jerome Kaluta)", spreads thick layers of the locally most popular Amapiano music all over the place, gets deep into BrokenBeat-leaning social media criticism with the driving peaktime vibe of "Tuko Pamoja (feat. Ndagije)" whereas "Storia Storia (feat. ELLAH)" even provides a powerful touching, soulful and ethereal vocal performance which might make it a strong candidate for daytime radio airplay and heavy playlist action for a reason. Furthermore, CD2 opens with "You Come Knocking (feat. Indira)", a well intriguing, stripped down and tender Indie Soul x Afrobeat crossover whilst "Slow Down (feat. J'Something)" introduces a tense street vibe and a dangerously brooding gangster attitude and therefore might be our personal favorite on this massive album pack, "Say Something (feat. Polarishaven)" balances things out with dramatic Soul Pop vocals, "You & I (feat. Bong Mvuyana)" brings forth Vocal DeepHouse in all its glory whereas "Ragga Ragga (feat. Preto Show, Stonebwoy & Tenny)" weighs in heavy Bass Music influences just to pick out a few of way too many proper tunes to be found "Manifestation". Defo one loungy, yet still upbeat album that might end up on heavy rotation in many a beach bar x club throughout this summer season and far beyond.


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