There comes a time in every band when their sound crystallizes; The Bamboos' fourth LP is one of the most exciting, original, vibrant and downright addictive albums of the coming year, and could easily see them catapulted beyond the confines of a genre to permeate the international mainstream musical consciousness... The Bamboos have arrived!
The Bamboos have been championed by Mark Lamarr (BBC Radio 2), Craig Charles, (BBC 6Music), Kenny Dope and Keb Darge, and are widely acknowledged as one of the best and tightest live bands on the planet. They are up there with Sharon Jones' Dap Kings in the danceability, authenticity and cool stakes and oh ok, if you insist we go there bandleader Lance Ferguson (aka production wunderkind Lanu) more than rivals your Mark Ronsons in the categories of 'busiest man in funk' and 'crossover cover version genius'... not to mention that all important tie-breaker, 'pop star looks'.
Their version of Kings Of Leon's King Of The Rodeo last year scored the XFM 'X-Posure Hot One' accolade, BBC 6Music daytime play, and nearly 150,000 YouTube hits. Their sound is soul and funk music for today, not mired in over-the-top adherence to simply copying what has been done many times before.
Vocalist Kylie Auldist's work on this album could truly be described as virtuoso, with tracks such as first single On The Sly, huge live number The Ghost, and the hard-hitting track Keep Me In Mind, that sees Kylie delivering possibly her best ever recorded vocal performance.
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