Listen to Boy Azooga’s debut album and you’ll hear a dizzying rush of influences bursting out of the speakers. The Cardiff band is fronted by Davey Newington who’s a vocal fan of Black Sabbath, Run DMC, Caribou, William Onyeabor, and everything in between. In fact, “Face Behind Her Cigarette” is a swirling cacophony of bleeps and funk-inspired guitar that Davey has called “a celebration (rip off) of the late great William Onyeabor.”
Davey has recruited friends and members of Shoebox Orchestra and Afro Cluster to help him play his songs live – and all these influences come through. Their music swings from cinematic instrumentals to a churning, rave-tinged rock, and it’s all a joy.