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The Bamboos - Wilhelm Scream (James Blake cover) / Eel Oil - 10th Anniversary Limited Edition 7" out on Tru Thoughts

The Bamboos Wilhelm Scream Eel Oil
The Bamboos - Wilhelm Scream / Eel Oil
(10th Anniversary Limited Edition 7") Tru Thoughts Recordings TRU7243, 2011-11-21

Maybe the best Australian funk outfit ever, The Bamboos, will be celebrating in november the 10-year anniversary of the release of their first 7 inch, Eel Oil. This monster piece of deep funk, as the 'genre' is now called, is still as potent today as hashish buried in Egyptian pyramids, and it's quite easy to understand how the band managed to sell out their 500 copies pressing themselves at the time, how they came to be signed on Brighton's finest Tru Thoughts Recordings, and how they became the greatest funk band to come out from Australia ever. The exclusive James Blake cover on the A side, though, is pop/soul for the masses, in comparison. All nice, soulful and beautiful, but nothing to really get excited over. Thankfully, with this new 7 inch comes the announcement of a new Bamboos album (the fifth one) to be released on Tru Thoughts in 2012! And that is GREAT news. (Djouls / Paris DJS)

The Bamboos Wilhelm Scream Eel Oil
The Bamboos - Wilhelm Scream / Eel Oil
(10th Anniversary Limited Edition 7") Tru Thoughts Recordings TRU7243, 2011-11-21

Tracklisting :
A1. Wilhelm Scream feat. Megan Washington
B1. Eel Oil

Note : Strictly limited 7 inch, hand-numbered, stickered sleeve.

Links :
The Bamboos : official | discogs | facebook | myspace | parisdjs | twitter | wikipedia | youtube
Tru Thoughts : official | discogs | etchshop | facebook | myspace | parisdjs | soundcloud | twitter | youtube

Press Release :
The Bamboos celebrate their 10th Anniversary, combining classic rawness and gorgeous newness on one covetable 7".

Bringing classic Bamboos magic back-to-back with a current and previously unreleased cut, this 7" shows just why The Bamboos are revered the World over and gain more and more fans with each release, from the deep funk and soul faithful to an ever-widening crowd of music lovers. Over to bandleader Lance Ferguson (aka solo act Lanu) for a trip down memory lane, and what this landmark means to him...

"It was 2001 when we independently released our first 7" vinyl single "Eel Oil"/"Blackfoot". I pressed up 500 copies and luckily I was able to sell them all out of my spare bedroom in a few weeks, to stores around the World like Soul Brother, Dusty Groove and DMR.

A band making raw Funk music from Australia!?? At the time I guess it seemed pretty unusual. I was drawn to the underground funk/soul scene at the time not only by the music but also by the whole DIY punk-rock aesthetic of it. It felt like we could be a part of it... contribute to it. It was people like Keb Darge, Snowboy, Kenny Dope, Quantic, Jason Stirland, Ennio Styles, and Adrian Gibson who really got behind us at the very start.

Now, ten years later and after nearly five albums on Tru Thoughts (new LP soon-come), it is a really cool thing for me to see this 10th Anniversary edition of The Bamboos’ first single get released. It's wild to hear the original 4-piece instrumental Hammond/guitar sound up against one of our latest recordings:  a full string/horn section version of James Blake’s "The Wilhelm Scream" featuring Oz pop star Megan Washington.

 The music a band plays needs to keep changing up all the time or things get old real quick. Scenes come and go but The Bamboos are here now because we have moved on. I'm always wanting to move on."

The Bamboos’ fifth album will be released on Tru Thoughts in 2012. Watch this space for release dates and live tour announcements. In the meantime, this one-off single as it is sure to fly off the shelves and will never be re-pressed.

"Impressive...stands out a mile" - INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
"Jaunty, rich funk and soul" - THE TIMES
"Glorious...This is firecracking funk " - METRO
"A sassy, classy delivery" - CLASH (SINGLE OF THE WEEK)
"A scintillating soul showing - BBC MUSIC


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