Albums, Music, The Revue — November 23, 2017 at 5:05 am

Bousada – ‘Shake’ (EP review)

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Fancy a bit of hip-hop influenced electro gorgeousness? Meet Bousada, a producer and singer/songwriter who creates everything himself in a little room in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He gets out of the little room occasionally too, performing live with a loop machine, blurring the line between DJ and performer by playing, singing, and sequencing on the spot.

Shake is Bousada’s debut EP. He explains where his music comes from:

My lyrics are very rhythmic and stylistically most influenced by my love for hip hop. The content mostly stems from my life experiences and is heavily influenced by my time spent in nature. Before taking music more seriously, I was an organic farmer living on an island commune in the Pacific Northwest. I learned a lot about life and love and feel like my lyrics all stem from this and other experiences I’ve had in my life.

I enjoy music of all kinds but recently have been really getting down with Mac DeMarco, Chet Faker, Brasstracks and Tom Misch. Most of the music I make is not directly influenced by any one artist, something that I believe helps me create an original sound.

Opening with a twinkle of percussion and a slow-walking rhythm, “Cast In Gold” sets out Bousada’s stall as an intriguing musician. Complex, looping arrangements that trip behind laid-back vocals are held together with a hint of reggae. It’s hypnotic, mesmerizing, and simultaneously fun. Title track “Shake” keeps up the tempo and works that Canadian-Caribbean feel. Is that a genre? It is now! The production is fine, too. Pop on the headphones, lean back and soak it up. As the song says, “Just let it go.”

The Millennial generation’s neverending search for a home to call their own is immortalized in “North Park”, which is a tribute to creative life in a gentrifying area. With rap, found sounds, and ironic lyrics, this is Bousada’s personal tension between sucking it up or shipping out, to which many an artist can relate.

“It’s hard to make a living when you do what you love, I say
Music is the reason I’ve been keeping this up
It’s hard to make the money when you’re living your truth
You gotta love what you are, you gotta love what you do”

Soft sounds of children at play open the final track, “On My Own”. Overlaying electro with soul, then adding vocals that sway from smooth to smoother, this is a track to fall into and simply enjoy.

Bousada’s creativity goes beyond recording and producing. Check out the videos on his Facebook page for a glimpse behind the scenes and a taste of his live performances. He’s on tour right now, so if you’re in BC or Toronto, you’re in for a treat – dates are here.

Shake was released on in September 2017 on. Get your copy here for less than $4 – what a bargain!

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