Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Bong Ra: Call It What You Want-CORE!

Even the fucking air is choking with the strain of waiting for this one, as Bong-ra and his natty dreads get set to batter seven shades of mashed up nonesense out of Irish heads this Thursday night. You'll find him locked away under ragga-jungle, breakcore and even some novelty called "jungle rock" but screw it, we don't work in a record store here so call it what you want-core. If one thing is without doubt, Bong-ra is something of a godfather figure to the mashitup sound, with his Utercht Breakcore a Go-Go! nights playing something of seminal role in defining a disparate set of musical definitions into a recognisable scene.

His albums display a ferocious appetite for storming through genres in pursuit of workable elements. These are then matched together in a creeping, dark aural performance of dread inducing tensions. If in doubt play his I Am The God Of Hellfire release to any Prodigy fan doubtful
of this thing we call breakcore, and watch it whip up a storm. Collobarations with Hanin Elias, the ex-ATR-er bring the politics of female sexual empowerment to his work, while tracks with Dead Prez style lyrics also tear into the school system nicely. Early releases like Grindcrusher Vinyl free up his own metal tinged past in a brutal marriage of pulsating gabber kicks with wrought iron tearing heavy as hell guitars. No surprise that rumours abound of how Bongra and even Scotch egg are about to jump on board some form of Aaron Spectre's Drumkorps project . When meeting John Peel led to a session on his show a pivotal moment in getting the breakcore/raggacore sound popularised, with the British wave only inevitable in some cack handed sense of a musicology. Do I look like Simon Reynolds bud?

Bongra plays Dublin on Thursday June 1st,
in the Underground@kennedys - Westland Row, D2. Gig starts at 8.30-late, its in the Underground@kennedys - Westland Row, D2. Kaboogie are doing the hosting honours, while Lakker and Melody Masher come up in the rears on support, next up on their agenda is Aaron Spectre. Fuck yeah!

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