“Grunge Soul” – yes, I know what you’re thinking, you’re thinking “why did fuck didn’t t think of that?” Well three guys from Elephant and Castle did. Collectively they’re called Sabatta, but individually they go by the name’s Yinka (vocals, guitar), Debbie Dee (bass) and Adriano Siani (drums) and they’ve just given Vulture Hound a lovely new Guest Playlist.

“A fan of Sabatta messaged me today on Facebook and told me our sound is ‘like Sly And The Family Stone crossed with Bad Brains and Dead Kennedys’ and I’m not mad at that – at all!” explains vocalist Yinka. “Our music and a vibe is kind of like an intersection where different kinds of music collide and what emerges from the smoke and flames is a kind of beautiful carnage. We appeal to more than one audience and I think that our playlist reflects that. Sure it’s eclectic but there is a thread running through it – energy, pure and unadulterated”.


Sly and the Family Stone – Fun
This isn’t the Sly track everyone knows but it’s the one I really like. It makes me wanna party. It’s like a Friday song! It’s just super funky!

QOTSA – I Sat By the Ocean
I really like the build up at the end of this song. It’s interesting cos it’s like a rock and not a rock song at the same time.  It’s got soul, operatic, it’s a little Phil Spectorish, even Burt Bacharach-esque at times. I think like I the unquantifiable nature of it and the surging finale.

Bad Brains – Re-Ignition
Punk. Hardcore, Thrash, Roots – all in one – if you’ve never heard Bad Brains start here

Ol Dirty Bastard – Brooklyn Zoo
The current trend of a lot of rappers is to mumble and the phrase people use to excuse is ‘it’s a vibe’. ODB was different – unique, he didn’t rap conventionally either, not at all. But he did RAP! He had a wild drunken style but it was skillful. This song is the best example of ODB you can get – it’s pure genius!

Jimi Hendrix – Room Full Of Mirrors (Pali Gap Soundtrack)
This is the studio version of the tune that I first knew from the Royal Albert Hall performance. I only recently heard this version this year. I dunno it’s just got a really modern feel to it for me somehow. It’s one of the last tunes he did and I  like where he was going in his muscial direction

Public Enemy – Black Steel In the Hour of Chaos
Between the Civil Rights Movement and Black Lives Matter you had – Public Enemy. This shit is HARD!

Yes – Roundabout
This is one of our drummer Adriano’s choices – he’s a prog head – which is nice!

Alice in Chains – Down In A Hole
Adriano again – he’s also a Grunge head! 🙂

Nikki Jean – Sex, Lies and Sunshine
One of bassist Debbie’s choices, I like this – it’s sexy, it’s funky, did I say it’s sexy?

The Police – Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic!
Debbie again. What can I say it’s Sting and the Police. I wonder if she’s trying to tell me and Adriano something? 😉

Oh and though there’s no Dead Kennedys in the playlist – it’s impossible to get everything in these damn lists – people could check out ‘California Uber Alles’, ‘I Kill Children’ or ‘Too Drunk To Fuck’ from them too.


Listen to Sabatta’s latest single ‘Middle of the Night’, below.

You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter and on SoundCloud.

For more of Vulture Hound’s exclusive Guest Playlists, including those from Tom Marsh (HECK), Domenic Palermo (Nothing) & Alev Lenz, click hereor follow us on Spotify.

By Daniel W.

Vulture Hound Music Co-Editor. New music and doughnuts on the South Coast of England.