Music Review: The Budos Band - The Budos Band III

The Budos Band - The Budos Band III


So a few days ago, I read an article on Pigeons&Planes, about the 10 songs that André Allen Anjos, of RAC (Remix Artist Collective) is listening to right now. One of these songs was Rite of the Ancients, the first track of The Budos Band's album titled The Budos Band III (on Daptone Records). That song led me to the album, which I gave a good listening to (or two, or three, it's that good), and I ended up with a clear favorite song: Nature's Wrath, which you can listen to below. The band refers to itself as "Staten Island instrumental afro-soul", a mix of soul music and afrobeat (and jazz, and others), in instrumental form.


The album opens with Rite of the Ancients, which sounds as if it came from a 70s TV show, with some fancy car driving along the coast. This song is what led me to seek the rest of the album, because its retro-feeling groove takes you places. And the brass, and the drums, oh, hmm.

Second track is Black Venom. As the name suggest, the theme is much darker and oppressive. Still, a good track, with an hypnotising melody in the background.

Third comes River Serpentine, a nice track, but which doesn't stand out to me.

Fourth track is Unbroken, Unshaven. This track has a lighter mood, feeling as the name suggest as if you just survived hardships and could take on the rest of the adventure in stride.

Fifth is the incredible Nature's Wrath, for which listening expresses much better than words its qualities and feelings.

Nature's Wrath is followed by the impressive Golden Dunes and its rythmic, metronomic, cowbell. A very nice song.

Track seven is Budos Dirge. It is the shortest track of the album, one of hte moodier songs of the album.

The eighth track, Raja Haje, is good and features Th. Brenneck's guitar.

Next is Crimson Skies. Again, the mood of this song demarks itself by being lighter overall than many of the songs before.

After that comes Mark of the Unnamed. This one echoes the first track's feeling that it could be featured in 70s movies or tv series on the road.

Last but not least, Reppirt Yad is their cover and reinterpretation of a famous Beatles' song (hint: rorrim, rorrim), giving it a whole new feel.


So if you get a chance, listen to the album, or better yet, buy it.