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The Bamboos have arrived... 4' is one of the most exciting, original, vibrant and downright addictive albums of the coming year, and could easily see The Bamboos catapulted beyond the confines of a genre to permeate the international mainstream musical consciousness.

There comes a time in every band when their sound crystallises, and with `4', The Bamboos make a succinct musical statement that distils all their influences, nuances and idiosyncrasies and pushes them into a sonic world all their own.

The Bamboos have been championed by Kenny Dope, Kevin Cole (KEXP), Aaron Byrd (KCRW), Bobbito Garcia and Monk One, 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' Their version of Kings Of Leon's "King Of The Rodeo" last year scored nearly 150,000 YouTube hits.

The Bamboos delight in infusing the tight, instrumental dancefloor style they have so expertly nailed with Motown, Mod and Northern soul to straight-up, ballsy, vocal funk sass and whatever is rocking Ferguson's perennially curious musical sensibility. And `4' brings to the table elements of rock, pop, psychedelia and hip hop, heralding another twist in their sonic path. It is soul and funk music for today, not mired in over-the-top adherence to simply copying what has been done many times before.

Bamboos vocalist Kylie Auldist's work on this album could truly be described as virtuoso, especially on tracks such as "On The Sly"; huge live number "The Ghost" - in which she really changes up the vocal style range-wise and shows us she's got many more tricks up her sleeve. Other vocalists also add a major degree of excitement: adored US rapper Lyrics Born features on the party funk number, "Turn It Up"; and the incredibly catchy, fresh and unique "You Ain't No Good" features the mysterious and reclusive Tongan, King Merc

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. On The Sly
  2. Turn It Up ft Lyrics Born
  3. You Ain't No Good
  4. Red Triangle
  5. Kings Cross
  6. The Ghost
  7. Up On The Hill
  8. Never Be The Girl
  9. Like Tears In Rain
  10. Keep Me In Mind
  11. Got To Get It Over
  12. Typhoon


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 30, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tru Thoughts
  • ASIN: B0034YLWJM
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,540 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Peter J. Lindemann on April 20, 2010
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This album is what a modern Soul Funk album should sound like ..this band is hot and this album is a classic get it ..
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Heard about this band when reading an article about Felix Riebl of the Cat Empire. If you did Sharon Jones or New Mastersounds Give this band a listen. They also look great live on their website. Great retro sound from this band from Down Under.
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By E. Olson on November 4, 2010
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I love this album! I bought it after hearing about it on NPR. I like funk, but not a lot of the 60's style funk that has continued to be recycled over the years. This is a totally fresh album. Take a listen to You're No Good and see if you aren't hooked!
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