Today, our new music spotlight is on Bokito.
Line-up: Joe Mashiter (guitar), Moses Moorehouse (vocals/guitar), Tom Houghton (drums), Jody Lahart (bass) and Sam Cahlin (keys)
About: Having signed to Lost In The Manor Records in early 2017, Bokito’s first two singles, ‘Better at Getting Worse’ and ‘Aloof’ took plaudits and radio plays in plentiful measure, while the band’s jaw-dropping live sets included rousing the rabble in front of a feverish full house at Brighton’s Great Escape, a clamorous full field at LeeFest and a psyched-up capacity crowd at Dublin’s Hard Working-Class Heroes showcase when the band, London-based but largely Irish-bred, voyaged across the Irish Sea.
Peddling an uproarious blend of rock, soca, funk and roots, Bokito have coined a phrase for their unique genre mashup: tropical indie. Anyone fortunate enough to have witnessed the five-piece live, where edgy grooves and unforgettable hooks are delivered as if every show is a sun-baked carnival, would relate to this label. Though much of the attention falls on singer Moses – a man whose extraordinary voice is married to eye-popping stage-front shape-throwing that proves a catalyst for the audience to follow suit – the vice-like tightness and melodious flourishes of the band, comprising Jody (bass), Joe (guitar), Tom (drums) and Sam (keys/percussion), are equally essential. Bokito take inspiration from such diverse sources as J Dilla, Jeff Buckley, Fela Kuti, Justin Timberlake and Queens of the Stone Age to bring a little celtic spirit to London’s global soundscape.
What Hidden Herd say: Skittering rhythms, a twitchy bassline and carnival flair combine on Bokito’s latest tropical concoction; the most recent in a string of sizzling singles from the London-Irish fivesome.
For fans of: Vampire Weekend, Cassia, Glass Animals
Sunday 27th May – London @ Strongrooms
Latest track: ‘Love Gotten’