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THE BAMBOOS: Nothing I Wanna Know About/ Bad Line (Vinyl 7″)

THE BAMBOOS: Nothing I Wanna Know About/ Bad LineJust out from Aussie funk-soul heavyweights, The Bamboos, is their latest 45 featuring Hard Up LP track Nothing I Wanna Know About and new cut Bad Line. Expect crisp funk on the former which finds vocal powerhouse Kylie Auldist dropping an almost eighties-ish melody over a crunchy early seventies funk rhythm. Turn that lil puppy over and you’re confronted instead
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THE BAMBOOS: Ride On Time

THE BAMBOOS: Ride On TimeIf you’ve ever wondered what Black Box’s Loleatta Holloway-sampling Italo-house hit Ride On Time would sound like made over as a funk track, now’s your chance to find out. Seems there was just time for veteran OZ funk-soul outfit, The Bamboos, to put out one more single before LP Hard Up arrives this April and right on time (thank you, I’m here all week!) along comes this cover
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THE BAMBOOS: Power Without Greed + video

THE BAMBOOS: Power Without GreedNew Bamboos single Power Without Greed follows Hard Up and While You Sleep and taps into the classic funk trope of the protest song. Cue a loping seventies groove (complete with flute solo), over which the unmistakable tones of Kylie Auldist soar as she regales anyone who will listen that what we need is power without greed. The accompanying video delivers a montage of the
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THE BAMBOOS: Hard Up + video

THE BAMBOOS: Hard UpGoing forward into the past in their twentieth year as a band, The Bamboos return with new single Hard Up that rediscovers the rawer sound of their early material. The mood is arguably more downbeat though with singer Kylie Auldist (who nevertheless sounds in fine fettle) delivering blues-themed lyrics such as “I don’t want a ride for free/ Ain’t no job security no more…Prices
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THE BAMBOOS feat. J-LIVE: Broken + lyric video

THE BAMBOOS feat. J-LIVE: Broken + lyric video News of the debut single, Lit Up, off The Bamboos’ forthcoming eighth studio LP Night Time People certainly lit up MB social media (contrary to what is still shown by the flaky MB ‘Like’ widget on post) and second single, Broken, is all set to do the same with an appearance from veteran emcee J-Live. Full of crossover appeal, Live holds forth about the hard times of mental illness and never
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THE BAMBOOS: Lit Up + Video

Oh hello – Oz funk commandos The Bamboos are finally back with new single Lit Up off forthcoming album Night Time People – their eighth – due for a June release. If you’ve been paying attention (and you’d have to have been in the northern hemisphere because last album (2013’s Fever In The Road) slipped by with no discernible promo whatsoever), you’ll have noticed that the last two
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THE BAMBOOS: Medicine Man (2012)

Once upon a time, The Bamboos were a largely instrumental retro-funk outfit. However, successive LPs have seen them inching steadily towards a more accessible sound by increasing their vocal numbers, expanding their generic repertoire beyond the boundaries of funk and become increasingly slick in the production department. Like furtive pop slags. Does fifth LP Medicine Man mark a return to
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MONKEYBOXING.COM top ten albums 2010

(Monkeyboxing top ten tracks 2010 HERE) Man – who listens to albums any more? The mp3 playlist has pretty much killed off listening to an LP all the way through, consigning filler to the bin and crowning the single king again after a fifty year gap. Having said that, there were a few efforts out there this year that kept your finger off the skip button:
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MONKEYBOXING.COM top ten tracks 2010

(Monkeyboxing top ten albums 2010 HERE)A huge hip-hop tune from Aldo Vanucci, Featurecast and Tha ‘Liks, some big funk bangers from the likes of Funkshone and the Bamboos but it’s definitely been a reggae kind of year. Here’s some you should have got your hands on in 2010…
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THE BAMBOOS: You Ain’t No Good – 2010 – Single review + video

Rating: ★★★★★

Second single off The Bamboos fourth studio LP 4, You Ain’t No Good is also the second big mod-soul stomper this month what with Kid British’s Winner out in a week or so. So who ain’t no good? Certainly not mysterious Tongan King Merc whose sterling vocals come on like Al Green meeting Paul Weller. Possibly it’s the band who have decided that a video which makes them look like the shifty no-good denizens of post-midnight Sydney’s Kings Cross (incidentally the place they bumped into King Merc apparently) having their mug shots done is the look they’d like to accompany their rise to the mainstream from the contemporary soul-funk underground. Then again, it could just as easily apply to the Kid British single which this is at least head and feather haircut, if not sixties’ cravat and shoulders, above. The digital release is accompanied by a fat refix of Up On The Hill by DJ Yoda and assorted versions and mixes of Keep Me In Mind…um…don’t suppose there’s any chance of a 7″? Vid below links…
(Out now on Tru Thoughts)
Listen to The Bamboos – You Ain’t No Good
The Bamboos – Myspace
thebamboos.com

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