Booka Brass’ debut album captures the live energy of the band lauded as one of Ireland’s greatest live acts.
‘Chilled Milk’ is a ten-track album full of the bands signature melodies and rhythmic pizazz. The album is made up of nine self-penned tunes and a raucous cover of Jason Derulo’s 'Talk Dirty' by the New Orleans inspired outfit.
In late 2012 the group of students were drawn together by their classical background and desire to experiment musically. Since then their trajectory has been constantly on the rise, from the success of their critically acclaimed debut EP BBB, a sold-out nationwide tour alongside collaborations and live performances with Irish music heavyweights including The Frames, Lisa Hannigan, Jape and James Vincent McMorrow.
The band laid the basis of the album in true Booka Brass style through jamming through ideas in an improvised setting. The album has drawn influence from jazz greats like Miles Davis and Art Blakey, to hip-hop icons Dr. Dre and Kendrick Lamar.
The albums sound is a fusion of Booka Brass’s classical mastery of their instruments combined with their understanding and passion for jazz sensibilities. From melody based tracks like Make That Do Noise, Astrocyte to groove based tracks like title track Chilled Milk and Trip The Switch the album is filled with contrasting styles.
‘Top Brass deliver Chilled-Out tunes… One of Ireland’s greatest live acts’ - Sunday World
‘Not your ordinary brass ensemble, but extraordinary! They’ll keep you dancing all night long’ - 2FM
‘Their unique take pop music is both infectious and innovative and we’re chuffed that their debut album is coming out in September’ - JOE.ie
‘Everyone’s favourite horn wielders..spicing jazz, hip hop and pop and adding lashings of brass, it’s a fun and inventive few minutes’ - Hot Press
"Something magical happened at the Button Factory last Friday night. When fans of Booka Brass Band assembled in the venue for their late-night show, they had no idea that they were there to bear witness to a gig more awe-inspiring than Dublin had seen in months. Even though many had seen them play live before, nothing could have prepared us for the sheer brilliance of Friday’s set." - InDublin.ie
‘Booka Brass Band have every right to be claimed as Ireland’s best live act right now’, - Golden Plec
‘If you can only take in one new act this festival season, make it Booka Brass Band’ – The Irish Independent
"Massive Attack may have been the big draw of Sunday night and they didn't disappoint ….. however little did anyone know but the performance of the whole weekend was taking place on the festival's smallest stage, the Speakeasy Dirty Old Town. Booka Brass Band, Ireland's only New Orleans style eight-piece brass band are undoubtedly a “have to see it to believe it” type of act. A range of high energy self-penned tunes combined with quite incredible covers of Jason Derulo's Talk Dirty and Beyonce's Crazy In Love have those in attendance screaming for more as they leave the stage. Alas, stagehands said there was to be no more and so after much protesting, Booka Brass took the crowd out into the fields and continued playing into the night. It was a moment which summed up Longitude in one foul swoop." – In Dublin Magazine