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Thursday, Feb 27 2014 | 21:26
Image: 1587445 Underground System came bubbling up out of BKNY in early 2010 steeped in influence and inspiration credited to Fela Kuti and the Afrobeat aesthetic. They have since packaged disparate influences with a unifying socially conscious voice, pulsing from the physical presence of one of the most diverse crews in the Afrobeat scene. Lead by a powerful female front line, Underground System is a freaky, dancey, multicultural laser, caught somewhere between militant and carefree, muscular punkiness and slinky grooves, gracefulness and recklessness.

Their sophomore release "Bella Ciao" is the first taste of what’s to come, part Baile funk MCing, part Italian folk song, part Afrobeat anthem. Starting somewhere modern, dark, and late night club friendly, bringing it back just in time to a bouncy and deceptively light feel, the whole while grounded in the timeless sensibility and authority of a ferocious live band. Available from 07.02.2014
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