When Bloodywood exploded into the YouTube limelight a few years ago with an arsenal of metallic covers they seemed like a lot of fun, but not a band built to last. There’s still a lot to be said for their viral version of Ari Ari and the Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande songs on their first collection Anti-Pop Vol. 1, but the Bloodywood behind Rakshak are an altogether different proposition.
They’re still a lot of fun, but there’s now a serious intent behind the infectious grooves. ‘Bounce to the sound, make a revolution / This is an act of war, this is the evolution,’ they declare on the brilliantly chaotic Machi Bhasad. There’s so much energy in their sound, which mixes a dizzying combination of crunching metal, hip-hop, electronica, vibrant bhangra grooves and other folk motifs. It sounds like it should be the perfect party fuel, but there’s an underlying sense of righteous anger as they take aim at a rage of socio-political subjects.