Buraka Som Sistema

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AllMusic Review by Rick Anderson

Remember kuduro? No? You're not alone: although it remains popular in certain club outposts in Africa and Portugal, the Angolan techno subgenre never did catch on deeply or persistently in the rest of Europe, the U.K., or the United States. Kuduro incorporates elements of soca, hip-hop, rara, and dancehall reggae to produce something that frankly sounds mainly like a rather stiff, chilly electronic version of soca. For its contribution to the Fabriclive series, the Portuguese DJ team Buraka Som Sistema decided to put together a generously packed continuous mix of traditional and progressive kuduro tracks of their own and by such favorite artists as DJ Malvado and DJ Znobia; they also give a kuduro treatment to contributions by artists as far afield as Sizzla (on the album-opening "Gone Too Far") and Major Lazer ("Bruk Out"). Most tracks are two minutes long or shorter, and they segue so seamlessly (and some of the tracks are samey enough) that several may go past before you realize it, but that's not all bad; on standout selections such as DJ Riot's reggae-flavored "Mermaid Dub" and the Kraftwerk-at-Carnival bleepfest of Mastiksoul's "Run for Cover," all the genre's disparate elements come together beautifully. (One or two others demonstrate how awkwardly house and rap tend to go together.) The ultimate result is a quirky but enjoyable party album with a faintly exotic touch.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
Buraka Som Sistema feat: Dre Skull 02:58 Amazon
2 Buraka Som Sistema 01:25 Amazon
3 Buraka Som Sistema 01:59 Amazon
4 Buraka Som Sistema feat: Ku Bo 01:23 Amazon
5 Buraka Som Sistema feat: DJ Znobia 01:30 Amazon
6 Buraka Som Sistema 02:39 Amazon
7
Buraka Som Sistema feat: Seductive 01:54 Amazon
8
Hey
Buraka Som Sistema feat: Diplo / Laidback Luke 02:41 Amazon
9 Buraka Som Sistema 03:55 Amazon
10 Buraka Som Sistema feat: L-Vis 1990 02:53 Amazon
11
Buraka Som Sistema feat: Skream 02:17 Amazon
12
Buraka Som Sistema feat: DJ Riot 03:05 Amazon
13 Buraka Som Sistema feat: Zomby 01:56 Amazon
14
Buraka Som Sistema feat: Crime Mob 01:48 Amazon
15 Buraka Som Sistema feat: DJ Znobia 01:01 Amazon
16
Buraka Som Sistema feat: Batida Bazuka 01:53 Amazon
17 Buraka Som Sistema feat: Yolanda Be Cool 02:52 Amazon
18 Buraka Som Sistema feat: Solo 02:00 Amazon
19 Buraka Som Sistema 03:04 Amazon
20 Buraka Som Sistema feat: Djedjotronic 02:12 Amazon
21 Buraka Som Sistema feat: Harvard Bass 02:49 Amazon
22 Buraka Som Sistema feat: Mastiksoul 02:20 Amazon
23 Buraka Som Sistema feat: Nova Lima 02:23 Amazon
24 Buraka Som Sistema feat: DJ Malvado 02:57 Amazon
25 Buraka Som Sistema 03:35 Amazon
26 Buraka Som Sistema feat: SonicC 02:27 Amazon
27 Buraka Som Sistema feat: Major Lazer 05:11 Amazon
28 Buraka Som Sistema 04:17 Amazon
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