“Aloof’ is a song for my sister and the rest of us living away from home.” – Moses, Bokito
Reflecting the dislocation and identity drift of diaspora across the globe, ‘Aloof’ was penned by Bokito frontman Moses after his siblings followed him to London in search of employment. Their growing desire to move back home was tempered by a sense of not feeling welcome there any more. “It’s not a specifically angry or political song but rather just about a feeling that Ireland will never really feel like home again, or at least that’s how it seems currently,” says Moses.
‘Aloof’ stands as sonic affirmation of this, its folksy celtic intro ushering in Moses’ extraordinary soprano before erupting into breakneck West Indian rhythms delivered with boisterous gypsy-punk gusto. As another irresistibly anthemic Bokito chorus segues into the intense percussive lunacy of an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink climax, you’ll rest assured that regardless of their origin or current abode, Bokito’s own identity is that of a band consistently banging out deliciously gregarious and infectious tuneage.
‘Aloof’ is out on Lost In The Manor Records on 15 September
Having signed to Lost In The Manor Records in early 2017, Bokito’s first release, ‘Better at Getting Worse’, took plaudits and radio plays in plentiful measure, while the band’s jaw-dropping live sets included rousing the rabble in front of a feverish full house at Brighton’s Great Escape and a clamorous full field at LeeFest. As new single ‘Aloof’ drops, Bokito, London-based but largely Irish-bred, will be heading back west to perform at Dublin’s Hard Working-Class Heroes showcase at the end of September.
Peddling an uproarious blend of rock, soca, funk and roots, Bokito have coined a phrase for their unique genre mashup: tropical indie. Anyone fortunate enough to have witnessed the five-piece live, where edgy grooves and unforgettable hooks are delivered as if every show is a sun-baked carnival, would relate to this label. Though much of the attention naturally falls on singer Moses – a man whose extraordinary voice is married to eye-popping stage-front shape-throwing that proves a catalyst for the audience to follow suit – the vice-like tightness and melodious flourishes of the band, comprising Jody (bass), Joe (guitar), Tom (drums) and Sam (keys/percussion), are equally essential. Bokito take inspiration from such diverse sources as J Dilla, Jeff Buckley, Fela Kuti, Justin Timberlake and Queens of the Stone Age to bring a little of the rousing celtic spirit of Moses’ Irish homeland to London’s global soundscape.
See Bokito live
Monday 11 September: The Old Blue Last, London EC2 (official single launch)
Friday 29 September: Workmans Club (Hard Working Class Heroes Festival), Ireland