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  • Writer's pictureZim Ahmadi

‘LABU’ - Budak Nakal Hujung Simpang [TRACK REVIEW]

Updated: Nov 20, 2021

A boisterous and acidic ska-proud statement on the 'four-dimensional chess' of politics.

RELEASE DATE: 31 July 2021


First and foremost, the cabaret introduction like the ones that decorate shady gatherings filled with rich, unscrupulous people is what makes LABU such a rich experience. It offers a sinister context to a song about the 4-dimensional, horse-trading (and frog-hopping) nature of local politics. “Lembutnya jari kau atur/alih buah catur”, declares vocalist John Bear, backed by evil-sounding trumpets. Budak Nakal Hujung Simpang never holds back on their commentary. When it comes to a jam-packed arrangement like the ones in LABU, what more can you ask for really?

Budak Nakal Hujung Simpang is one of the many contemporary ska and reggae bands in Malaysia that can bring together a skanking good time and some topical lyricism. RATING: 4 / 5

Listen to their 2018 EP Bumantara. 'Kongkret Kayoo' is a favourite of mine:


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