DOPE OF THE DAY
Soma - Afro Love
You know when you hear a song and it tingles the soul and makes you feel pretty special.
Well a band that did this ages ago was Soma. In the dark reaches of winter, I heard the live version of Afro Love and was blown away. There was something instantly captivating about those opening chords that ring on guitar, played in anticipation of that stonking brass riff that tells more than a story, the lazy playful bassline. The skilled fusion of these with intricate drum patterns and african congas create what I think is an incredible tune. I just can’t explain it really.
They’ve now released a studio version but there’s something a bit magical about the live version.