Bollywood meets ’90s hip hop, in new mixtape album Shaboo



A sample-filled ride through childhood street riddims.

What did your family road trips sound like? If you’re Don Leisure, they were a kind of Madlib meets NxWorries-esque hybrid: “Whilst I tried to learn the lyrics to ’90s hip hop songs taped off my cousins, my Mum would constantly interrupt, interspersing my boom bap with bonkers Indian radio ads.”

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Inspired by long car rides of his youth, Leisure has crafted Shaboo, a 25-track album, equal parts Bollywood, pirate hip hop radio recordings, nagging from the parentals, and 80s R&B classics.

Like any great mixtape, the record is more than the sum of its parts, tuning you in to a journey that begins with fuzzy Indian radio station scrolls, through bass-fuelled rhythms, closing with a familiar, funked-out edit.

Shaboo is perfect summer fare, whether your next stop is crate-digging or a schlep through the M4. Listen to an exclusive stream of ‘The Rubaiyat Of Leisure’ and ‘Proper Weirdo’, plus ‘Souffle’ and ‘Tell Me’ below:

Pre-order a copy from Darkhouse Family’s bandcamp page now.