Needle Drop: Sabatta, Misfit Music

With praise from Afropunk, BBC 6Music, and The Punk Site under their belts, London duo Sabatta have just released their immense new album. An epic, energy-fuelled ride from start to finish, Misfit Music defies genres and expectations in all the best ways.

Kicking off with the racing riffs and fierce rap of “Rock Star Shit,” a tongue-in-cheek take on what it means to be a modern-day rock star, the album continues with one intense sonic blast after another. Propelled by riotous riffs and the ferocious power of front-man Yinka’s vocals, “Wicked Right Now” fuses elements of funk, soul, and rock, creating a powerful barrage of sound that grabs you by the ears and doesn’t let go.

Whilst the playful interplay of Debbie Dee and Yinka’s vocals stands out on “Always,” “Feel It Too” slows down the tempo a notch, oozing a mellow, ska-punk groove before “Scream Of Consciousness” blasts into your soul with its thrashing hooks and impassioned whirlwind of fury, as the potent force of Yinka’s vocals rages alongside funk-fuelled bass lines. A perfectly angst-driven take on modern life.

Continuing the turbulent rollercoaster of emotion, “Innocence” interweaves scuzzy, reverb-strewn licks that build to a soulful outpouring, showcasing the versatility of Yinka’s vocal capabilities, before “Speed Of Life” draws things to a close in an epic, cacophonous groove.

Intensely powerful in both musicality and subject matter, Misfit Music gives hope that originality is not dead. Whether you hear elements of Bad Brains, Incubus, RHCP, or Dead Kennedys in Sabatta’s offerings, there’s no doubt that they’ve proved themselves capable of creating something that is entirely their own, showing that they’re not afraid to be a misfit in a world so preoccupied with labels.

Misfit Music is in stores now via Blackfriars Entertainment.

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