March 2014 National Music Reviews

Review: Saâda Bonaire – Self-Titled

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Saâda Bonaire
Self-Titled
Captured Tracks/ Fantasy Memory
Street: 11.12.13
Saâda Bonaire= Talking Heads / ADULT.
In 1982, DJ Ralph “Von” Richthoven had the idea of creating a music project revolving around disco and funk with an emphasis on bass guitar. He enlisted two of Bremen’s prettiest women to handle vocals and found Eastern musicians through local, Turkish-Communist parties. The result is a truly one of a kind album that could’ve influenced modern synth pop artists from Hot Chip to Zola Jesus. Richthoven wanted the lead vocalist to have a deep talking voice like a rapper, which gives the album a sexy, cool feel among world sounds. My mind was blown when I first listened to this record. It’s like falling in love with The Beatles and then finding a long, lost band like Nirvana who sound just as influential in modern music. This re-issue is a must hear, especially for music history buffs. –Justin Gallegos
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