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Boy Azooga

2018

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Album Summary

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Boy Azooga are a Welsh indie rock group from Cardiff, Wales. Formed in 2017, the group is led by front man Davey Newington (vocals, guitar), who is joined live by band members Dafydd Davies (drums), Sam Barnes (bass), and Dylan Morgan (keyboard). The group have been described as influenced by an eclectic spate of sources, from Run-DMC, to William Onyeabor, to the Beach Boys.[1] The early releases were a result of work between lead singer Davey Newington and hip hop producer Ed Al-Shakarchi (Dr Ed Boogie).[2][3] The band name originates from the 1994 comedy film The Little Rascals, which Newington would watch as a child when visiting his grandmother in Scotland. In 2017 the band made their first festival appearance at Green Man Festival in the Brecon Beacons.

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Rating

3.19

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62

Genres

  • Rock
  • Indie

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Thu May 02 2024
4

A nice little homegrown album that sounds, among other things, a bit like Oasis and the Beach Boys, but then sounds entirely its own thing. Fuzzy without being ridiculous

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Thu May 02 2024
2

They have interesting music and sound with a mix of seventies and modern influences but it seems to me that they never really take off, they don't get enough stimulation.

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Thu May 02 2024
5

Fun discovery. Indie as it should be

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Thu May 02 2024
3

Over the course of the last 2 weeks I have revisited this album 3 times. I just could not get a good grasp of it. And I think I still cannot put my finger on this. I liked what I heard as it brings a fresh take on different genres I like, and they bled together pretty nicely. Nice pick of a band that I would othersise have totally missed.

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Fri May 03 2024
3

The city pop titles are highly apropos and fairly modernized as well: The album has its hooks - Cigarette for me, evidently - and flows in its multiplicity about as well. Promising start; A shame to look back on the band and see, I assume, the pandemic gap bite and bite hard.

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Thu May 02 2024
2

This had some good vibes, but in general it did not quite appeal to me. Not enough edge for me.

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Sat May 04 2024
5

Person who picked this has immaculate taste.

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Wed May 08 2024
4

Really enjoyed this pick, a mix of things old and new that felt fresh, creative, and inspired. This is what the main 1001 canon should have been focused on, albums that mixed things up and pushed genre boundaries while still being instrumentally strong and actually enjoyable to listen to.

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Wed May 15 2024
2

It's that 2010s/20s indie sound that's still prevalent in albums today! Very much like Tame Impala or Ty Segall with that neo-psychedelia style. Clean yet hazy, groovy and funky, atmospheric, energetic, fun & weird vibes yet chill, random sound effects, and a bright & happy mood. I quite like the effort they went into the production. There're a lot of creative ideas in here, and it kept me engaged wondering what stunt they were gonna pull next. I also like the mixing. There were a few subdued channels, and some conflicts, but for the most part, it was clear and distinguishable. If I were to be critical about it, I do find it to be commercial and directionless. The tracks felt a bit scattered, as if they were throwing things at the wall, and I can see what they were trying to go for in most cases, but hardly much of it really hits the bullseye. The moments they try to emphasize lack impact, and that's why much of it barely left a memory if not for the unusual sounds. A lot of hooks and riffs also felt like they were copying contemporaries. It sounded familiar yet off. Fine to listen to. Fine to put on an indie playlist. The weird effects will definitely gravitate ears from the casual listener. But it's not something I could fall in love with, and it leads me wanting to listen to the ones they try imitating who are able to fulfill that power and satisfaction I long for.

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Fri May 03 2024
5

Wow, I'm actually baffled that A. This didn't make the original list B. This didn't sweep the US Such a strong choice for a more modern record. I'm a huge fan.

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Sun May 05 2024
4

Very nice! Reminds me a bit of the Eels. 4 stars.

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Tue May 14 2024
4

Never heard of them. Enjoyed the album.

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Thu Jul 11 2024
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Loner boogie

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Sat Jul 13 2024
4

Great choice. I listened to this when it first came out and liked it a lot. Ended up fading from my memory, but really glad to see it pop up here.

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Wed May 01 2024
3

Solid, energetic indie pop - nothing particularly groundbreaking but I listened happily and would again.

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Sat May 04 2024
3

Weird mix of genres here, not really any I like though. Harmless alternative stuff. 3/5.

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Mon May 06 2024
3

These guys are like Blur's little nephews.

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Thu May 16 2024
3

Put it on the official list. It belongs there. A real hidden gem.

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Mon Jun 17 2024
3

Quite good Welsh indie pop. The loud buzz-saw guitar in the last song was a big and enjoyable surprise.

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Mon Jul 08 2024
3

Nice fun album, doesn't make a huge splash but does do interesting things with electronica sounds alongside standard indie guitars. 3.2

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Tue Jul 09 2024
3

This was fun. Clever, briskly paced and stylistically diverse in a way that feels really effortless. A lot of moving parts that shouldn't necessarily work together, but they do. Thanks for introducing me to this. Fave Songs: Waitin', Jerry, Face Behind Her Cigarette, Losers in the Tomb, Hangover Square, Loner Boogie

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Fri Jul 19 2024
3

Now this is a nice start to the user albums. An unknown indie project that is as much funk as it is chill. This was a pretty solid album that I never heard of before and will revisit again. A nice modern take on indie music that blends genres with different styles. 6.9(nice)/10

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