Majika Linda: Dont Treat Me So Bad


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Majika Linda: Dont Treat Me So Bad
Artist: Linda Majika
Title: Dont Treat Me So Bad

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Linda Babe Majikas insanely brilliant Dont Treat Me So Bad is a tight six tracks of blistering electro-flavoured bubblegum and synth-drizzled solar-powered machine-funk. It has become increasingly hard to find with copies currently moving for over 200. But this is definitely a case of eye-watering price equalling heart-thumping quality. Once of the Hot Soul Singers Dont Treat Me So Bad was Lindas debut LP as a solo artist. It was produced by Ace Mbuyisa of boogie-funk maestros Freeway and was originally released on Umkhonto Records in South Africa in 1988. The enormous Lets Make A Deal is probably the best-known track here and its definitely the best one if you ask us. Lindas vocals drip with attitude over warm breezy synths and an urgent edgy electro beat to create a timeless club-ready bomb that sounds as fresh as ever. But the rest of the album is far from filler. Opening track Kunzima Tabalaza Mjita instantly brings the sunshine vibes strutting out the gate with that unmistakable South African steppers groove. Its a deceptively simple song with multiple instrumental elements arriving and taking leave with admirable restraint. Its Our Home is a powerful showcase for Lindas vocals enhanced by some life-affirming call and response backing vocals throughout. In fact theyre a joyous presence on the whole album. The insistent pipes and swirling bubbling synths of the title track Dont Treat Me So Bad follow. A spacious proto-piano house banger that closes out the first side in phenomenal fashion. Arriving as track two on the second side Unga BOmthemba Umuntu has the unenviable task of following the huge Lets Make A Deal. It does the job with class bringing the tempo down to a mid-paced tropical bounce with lilting harmonies and welcome traces of hi-life guitar. Wonderful stuff. Playboy is is another unbeatable head-nod groover rounds out the set wonderfully. That bassline high in the mix is to die for and the chorus will make any dancefloor smile. As ever Simon Francis on mastering duties elevates this release adding heft and elegance in all the right places with his customary deft touch. The memorable cover art in which Linda appears straight out of the 1950s with her polka dot skirt and butter-wouldnt-melt pose has been faithfully restored. But dont let the innocent styling fool you - Dont Treat Me So Bad is the work of one badass woman who can hold her own and then some.

1.1 Kunzima Tabalaza Mjita
1.2 Its Our Home
1.3 Dont Treat Me So Bad
1.4 Lets Make a Deal
1.5 Unga Bomthemba Umuntu
1.6 Play Boy

H 0.20
W 12.27
L 12.27

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