Review: The Bamboos - 4
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4/5Funk me! My head is spinning from the four-track funk whammy that opens The Bamboos latest beatific opus.
Modern soul doesn't get much better than this - real musicians dropping some serious funk-bombs, appropriating the sounds of what has come before: a heady mix of Northern Soul, Motown, Stax, mod, pop, psychedelia, rock disco and hip hop.
Opener 'On The Sly' is a smooth funk beast featuring the vocals of the band's secret weapon Kylie Auldist who's sultry vocals adorn most of the albums best tracks (no less than seven of the twelve on offer). This is followed by the double-whammy of 'Turn It Up' and 'You Ain't No Good'. The pace drops a little with the smooth, spy-movie, funk-instrumental 'Red Triangle' completing the four, five-star opening tracks.
There is not bad track on the release, even the lesser tracks hold their own in the funk-soul genre: 'Kings Cross' sounds huge with its psyche-tinged, tripped out Philly-soul feel and funky beats.
The Bamboos even make disco an enjoyable listen forging it with sweet 70s soul on 'Never Be The Girl' and give upbeat-funk the disco edge on 'Like Tears In Rain'.
Despite further brilliant instrumentals in 'Up On The Hill' and 'Typhoon' unlike other Bamboos releases these act as comma's in the narrative of what they do best funky tracks with great soul vocals. The emphasis on vocal tracks makes this by far The Bamboos best release to date and also one of the best modern soul has had to offer.
If you are looking to get your funk on 4 is the joint to do it!
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