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The Bamboos - 4

The Bamboos

4

Tru Thoughts

Released: 29th March 2010 | 12 track funk album
There comes a time in every band when their sound crystallises, and with their fourth album The Bamboos make a succinct musical statement that distills all their influences, nuances and idiosyncrasies, pushing them into a sonic world all their own. Guaranteed to launch them beyond the deep funk/soul scene and bring them much wider recognition. Championed by Mark Lamarr (BBC Radio 2), Craig Charles, (BBC 6Music), Kenny Dope, Keb Darge and Wax Poetics magazine, The Bamboos are widely acknowledged as one of the best and tightest live bands on the planet. They're 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) rivals Mark Ronson in the categories of 'busiest man in funk' and 'crossover cover version genius'... not to mention that all important tie-breaker, 'pop star looks'. The Bamboos' previous albums have each sold in excess of 20,000 copies. Their Kings Of Leon cover last year scored the XFM 'X-Posure Hot One' accolade, 6 Music daytime play + 150,000 YouTube hits. Their knack for attention-grabbing singles continues with the first single from '4'; the amazing video for On The Sly has already amassed 12,000+ YouTube hits and this demand is reflected in major radio support. Vocalist Kylie Auldist, a rising star in her own right, has recently released a single featuring Ashley Beedle. On '4' she delivers her most virtuoso vocal performances to date. '4' also features big-selling independent US rapper Lyrics Born on Turn It Up; and the elusive Tongan King Merc on upcoming second single, the incredibly catchy Phil Spector-meets-Gnarls Barkley-meets-Mayer Hawthorne-esque Ain't No Good. No doubt in my mind this is the best thing they've done! There's a big challenge facing a lot of Funk bands.. This album shows them the way to go - CRAIG CHARLES (BBC 6 Music) The albums out soon and you'll be hearing a lot more of it... such a great sound - Mark Lamarr (BBC Radio 2) Brilliant as always, will playlist on the radio - Laurent Garnier Beautiful examples of killer modern funk. Big support from me! - Ashley Beedle