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Bandung hip hop group Bars of Death releases long-awaited album

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, March 10, 2020  /  09:21 am
Bandung hip hop group Bars of Death releases long-awaited album

Cover of the Bars of Death's new album, 'Morbid Funk' illustrated by Riandy Karuniawan. (Bars of Death/File)

Bandung-based hip hop group Bars of Death released a new CD on Monday.

Released by Bandung-based independent record label Grimloc Records, the album, titled Morbid Funk, consists of 10 tracks with a total duration of around 47 minutes.

Morbid Funk features the group’s single “A.C.A.G”, which was included in the 2014-released Memobilisasi Kemuakan (Mobilizing Disgust) compilation album. 

According to a statement received by The Jakarta Post, the group had written and prepared materials for Morbid Funk since 2014. They explored samples, recording techniques, narrations and rhymes using compositions that were based on classic boom-bap, a music production style that was popular between the 80s and 90s. They also included different elements, such as soul and crime funk, in their materials. 

After a halt in the recording process in late 2017, Morbid Funk was finally ready for release.

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BARS OF DEATH “MORBID FUNK”. Out Now!. Rp.55.000,-. . A fistful of swansongs from ex-Homicide members; Morgue Vanguard, Sarkasz and DJ Evil Cutz. A short lived project with the vision of crafting a barrage of hardcore bars over sample heavy boombap built with experimental approach on crime funk, soul, breaks, ambient and vicious turntablism. 10 tracks, 47 mins, 0 wackness. Featuring @blakumuh21 and @eyefeelsix_official. All musics produced by Morgue Vanguard. All lyrics written by Morgue Vanguard & Sarkasz, except “Buckshot Riddim” lyrics written by Morgue Vanguard, Sarkasz, Mr.EP & Doyz, “Pecahan Tengkorak” lyrics written by Morgue Vanguard, Sarkasz, Mindfreeza & Soulkillaz. Recorded at Cutz Chamber Bandung, engineered by the deckmaster @jaydawn666 Additional ambient on “Pecahan Tengkorak” & “Bait Kematian” performed by @vladvamp88 Mixed and mastered by @hamzahkusbiyanto. Artworks: @riandykaruniawan. Graphic Design: Herry Sutresna. Photo: Ache Sulaeman. Thanks @wahyudhany for the pic.

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Bars of Death collaborated with other musicians in the album, including rap group Blakumuh; hip hop group Eyefeelsix; and Vladvamp, the bassist of industrial rock band Koil, Vladvamp.

Morbid Funk is available for purchase at Grimloc Store with starting prices at Rp 55,000 (US$3.80). One of the album’s singles, “Bait Kematian” (Death Verse), is available on digital music platforms, including Spotify.  

Established in 2014, Bars of Death consists of former members of Bandung-based veteran hip hop group Homicide, namely Morgue Vanguard (the moniker of Herry “Ucok” Sutresna); Sarkasz; and DJ Evil Cutz. They are known for being loud in criticizing the government through their lyrics. 

The band's first single, “All Cops Are Gods”, was released in 2014. One of their songs, “Tak Ada Garuda di Dadaku” (2016) (There's No Garuda in My Heart), was included in compilation album Organize!: Benefit Compilation for Community Empowerment alongside 20 other Bandung-based music groups. (wir/kes)

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