This past October, Montreal-based rapper Boogat released his latest full-length studio recording Neo-Reconquista. The ten track album is an interesting collection of songs. The main reason for that is its mix of musical stylings. It boasts more than just a standard rap sound throughout the course of its thirty-five minute run time. Rather it boasts a multitude of sounds from a reggea-infused backing in the album’s opener to an infectious, danceable sound in ‘Una Cita’ to that more familiar rap vibe in ‘Los Tabernakos,’ Neo-Reconquista offers up plenty of different sounds in each song, making it an album well worth the listen even for those that might not be entirely fluent in Spanish. It’s just one reason that Neo-Reconquista proves itself such an interesting new offering from Boogat. The variety of topics tackled throughout the album’s body adds even more interest to the album. That will be discussed at more length later. The album’s sequencing rounds out the record’s presentation. Taking into consideration the album’s mix of lyrical and musical content, Boogat and producer Jean Massicotte assembled his new album in a fashion that is certain to keep listeners engaged regardless of their familiarity with his music. All things considered, it is safe to say of Neo-Reconquista that this record is one of 2015’s best new rap records.
Boogat’s new full-length LP Neo-Reconquista is an easy candidate for a spot on any critic’s list of this year’s best new rap albums. That is thanks in large part to the broad variety of content displayed throughout the course of the record’s ten tracks and thirty-five minute run time. This includes but is hardly limited to the album’s varied musical styles. Considering that Neo-Reconquista is at its heart a rap album one might expect it to be just like any other rap album in terms of its musical content. The reality of this album is the polar opposite of that supposition, though. It presents a number of different musical styles from start to finish beginning with a reggae-infused song in the album’s opener ‘Me Muero Por Ti.’ Roughly translated the song’s title means ‘I’m Dying For You.’ It’s a fitting title considering the song’s lyrical content. That will be discussed at more length later. It isn’t the typical happy style reggae sound that audiences have come to know thanks to the likes of Bob Marley or his son Ziggy. It is a much more emotional sound that fits quite well with the song’s lyrical content. ‘Una Cita’ (‘An Appointment’ in English) is another example of the album’s varied musical styles. Its sound is an infectious, groove laden song complete with timbales, electronics, and more. The combination of those elements together makes the song one that will have listeners on their feet moving and sweating along to the dance hall hit. Those wanting a more pure rap sound from Boogat in his new album do get that here. It comes in the form of the album’s socio-politically charged song ‘Los Tabernakos.’ The album’s solid beat is set against what sounds like a mix of claves and bongos and horns to make a sound in whole that is just as infectious in its own right as that in ‘Una Cita’ just in a different fashion when considering the song’s lyrical content. It is just one more example of the various musical styles displayed throughout the course of Neo-Reconquista. ‘Londres,’ the album’s lead single could be cited just as easily as it combines rap elements with an infectious electronic base to make a sound that will have listeners just as engaged. the reserved, almost contemplative sound of the album’s closer ‘Los Amigos De Mis Padres’ is one more example of the varied musical styles displayed throughout Neo-Reconquista. Whether for that song or any of the others noted here, it can be said of the album in whole that its mass of varied musical styles makes for plenty of reason for listeners to hear this album at least once. This is especially the case for those that are fluent in Spanish.
The various styles of music exhibited throughout the body of Neo-Reconquista gives listeners plenty of reason to hear it even if only once. It is just one way in which Neo-Reconquista shows itself worth the listen. The album’s lyrical content is another reason for audiences to hear this record. It is just as varied as the album’s musical content. That is clearly exhibited just in the album’s first three songs alone. The album’s opener ‘Me Muero Por Ti’ (‘I’m Dying For You’ roughly translated to English) is centered on one person’s love for another. It should be noted that he writes metaphorically here rather than literally when he writes of his subject watching the object of his desire so closely to the point of his blood burning. There is also a point in which he writes about his subject’s life “losing spark” if that object of his desire leaves him, almost begging her to stay in the process. It could be argued here that this is in essence just a song rooted in relationship issues. But Boogat’s way with words here really makes the song stand out in that crowded field of similar offerings. It is just one example of how the album’s lyrical content plays an integral role in its presentation. The album’s second song ‘En La Montana’ is a completely different offering than the album’s opener. This song is more celebratory. It sees Boogat writing about spending time at a favorite spot in Montreal (yes, he lives in Montreal but raps and writes in Spanish). It is a spot where family and friends get together if this critic’s interpretation of Boogat’s lyrics are in fact correct. There is mention of family and friends getting together in said spot to barbecue and what soccer…er…football. It is just a happy song that will put a smile on listeners faces both for its musical content and for its positive lyrical content. If that isn’t enough example for audiences, the album’s third track ‘Los Tabernakos’ (which apparently is a French Canadian curse word that translates to ‘The F*****s’) takes listeners in a wholly different direction yet again. This time, Boogat offers up some rather biting socio-political commentary about the social and economic stratification of two given groups of people (the haves and have-nots for lack of better comparison). It is just one more way in which the album’s lyrical content shows itself to be as important to the album’s presentation as the album’s various exhibited musical styles. ‘Una Cita’ could be just as easily cited as an example of the album’s varied lyrical topics. This song, roughly translated, comes across as a fine fit for any club scene as it seems to be a discussion between a man and woman in a club, a flirting for lack of better wording. That conversation is enhanced through the infectious, danceable grooves in the song’s musical content. There is even a great tribute to Boogat’s family and friends in the album’s closer ‘Los Amigos De Mis Padres.’ He writes here about all the things that make his own parents, the parents of his friends, and his own friends so great. This is something very rare just just in the rap community but in general. Together with the other topics covered throughout this record, the album in whole shows yet again just why it stands out in this year’s sea of offerings in the rap community. Together with the album’s musical content, both elements come together to show even more clearly why Neo Reconquista is one of the best of this year’s rap offerings. It still is not the last way in which Neo-Reconquista shows itself so worth the listen. The album’s sequencing rounds out its presentation, solidifying it and showing one last time why rap fans (especially those that are fluent in Spanish) will want to hear this album at least once if not more.
The various musical styles displayed throughout the course of Neo-Reconquista and its equally wide variety of lyrical subjects combine to give listeners plenty of reason to hear this latest offering from the underground rapper. Of course as important as both elements are to the whole of the record’s presentation, they are but a portion of what makes it worth at least one listen. The album’s sequencing rounds out its presentation. A close listen to Neo-Reconquista reveals that Boogat and producer Jean Massicotte didn’t just sit back and throw in the songs at will. Rather they obviously paid close attention to the album’s sequencing. Taking into consideration both the album’s lyrical content and its musical content, the pair ordered the album’s songs in such fashion that it doesn’t stick to just one sound or topic from one song to the next. What’s more it displays just as much that it doesn’t just randomly jump from one to the other, either. The transition from one musical style to another is clearly well thought out as is the transition from one lyrical topic to the next. The end result is an album in whole that will keep listeners entirely engaged from start to finish. This is especially the case for those that are fluent in Spanish. It results in an album that said listeners will agree is one of the best of this year’s crop of new rap albums.
Boogat’s new full-length LP Neo-Reconquista is an easy candidate for a spot on any critic’s list of this year’s best new rap albums. That is thanks in large part to its variety of both musical and lyrical content. The well thought out sequencing of those various musical styles and lyrical topics results in an album that will keep any listener engaged from beginning to end. it especially ensures this among Boogat’s Spanish-speaking listeners. Neo-Reconquista is available now in stores and online. More information on this album and other titles from Boogat is available online now along with all of the latest news from Boogat at:
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