The Bamboos – 4 (2010)

The Bamboos - 4 (2010)
Artist: The Bamboos
Album: 4
Genre: Funk, Jazz, Soul, Deepfunk
Label: Tru Thoughts
Released: 2010
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue)
01. On The Sly
02. Turn It Up (feat. Lyrics Born)
03. You Ain’t No Good
04. Red Triangle
05. Kings Cross
06. The Ghost
07. Up On The Hill 3:29)
08. Never Be The Girl
09. Like Tears In Rain
10. Keep Me In Mind
11. Got To Get It Over
12. Typhoon


Recently it seems that pop music is starting to get its groove back. Artists like Mark Ronson, Amy Winehouse and Corrine Bailley Rae have really done a great deal to get that soulful sound back into the mainstream after a decade or so of electro pop and mundane indie rock.

With that in mind, there couldn’t be a more perfect time for a band like The Bamboos, who have remained on the fringe for a decade or so, to release a new album. That said, for the last decade they have also been part of an ever-growing nu-funk scene, which, with the help of original labels such as Stones Throw, First Word and Tru Thoughts has been able to grow organically without compromising the integrity of the artists involved.

So, it is with Tru Thoughts that The Bamboos have released their incongruously named sixth studio album, 4. A hint of the albums’ sound came in February when the band released the lead single On The Sly, relentlessly catchy and featuring a brass hook reminiscent of a late 70’s cop show. That’s definitely one riff that’s ripe for sampling. The next single on the album, due to come out later this year is the vintage sounding You Ain’t No Good, and is stuffed full of old school soul claps and smooth vocals.

The song Never Be That Girl isn’t quite as punchy, however, and sounds a bit like the jingle from a Heart FM advert – pop soul to do the dishes to, but really this just stands to demonstrate the diversity of styles The Bamboos take on. Although sometimes the songs on the album can sound quite indistinct from the rest of their genre, when they get a good hook going they sure know how to use it. The Ghost is a perfect example of this and is one of the tracks that really stands out from the rest; switching from psychedelic vocals to bouncy funk and back again as if it were the most natural thing in the world.

As the sun finally begins to break on the UK, there isn’t much I’d rather hear right now. The Bamboos have done well for themselves with 4 and I’m sure that when the next single drops they’ll begin to get more of the coverage they deserve. The best thing about British Summer Time is we all get an extra hour a day to listen to music like this.
Will Coldwell

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