As always, Bambooman delivers with a captivating style so uniquely executed that you come to expect this sense of satisfaction only from listening to his tracks. His use of samples and field recordings for texture or rhythmic elements is bold, innovative, and impeccable. Although it leaves me wanting more, Dulcet EP is essential.
Favorite track: Knox.
Following Hollowed - the Yorkshire based producer’s debut EP for Sonic Router - and his successive collaborative EP with vocalist Segilola for the King Deluxe label, Bambooman returns with a reinvigorated arsenal of productions on the Dulcet EP. Pouring a lot of ideas into the seven original tracks he tackles numerous tempos, contorting his trademark brittle percussion and his command of bounding melodies across several different forms.
“I feel like this EP is a good representation of the music I love to make - style wise,” offers Bambooman of the EP. “I definitely spent a lot of time sculpting the overall sound that I've been developing over the last few years. There’s a nice balance of musical feelings from the more dark minimal sound design evident in ‘Birth’ and ‘Cast‘, to the classic kick/snare hip hop flex of ‘Knox’, through to the more up-tempo garage-esque feel of tracks like ‘Dulcet’ and ‘Clasp’.”
“Similarly to Hollowed, this EP is made almost entirely out of found sounds and field recordings that I’ve made and processed; sounds I’ve synthesized myself or recordings that were made and donated by friends. There’s certainly more development and progression within the individual tracks and I feel like that’s also reflected in the EP’s sequencing.”
released May 5, 2014
All music by K. Barley.
Mastered by Concrete Cut Studios.
Vinyl cut at Finyl Tweek.
Artwork by Oliver Pitt.
Remembrance - wow... each part. Utterly, utterly perfect. Inspiring drums...
Strings Of Light pulls you in from the start, letting you know you're in for a great trip.
Joint 17 is another great track, smooth and funky and exploring around the edges of the groove.
Black Focus is a great opener and Yo Chavez is really nice.
Lowrider... mmm, the theme is bit retro for me, which is fitting - and brilliant playing, of course.
Favourite track: Remembrance Peter Jones