The Bamboos are back with their second single for 2020, this time a collaboration with one of Australia’s best hip hop/soul talents, Ev Jones.
The Melbourne Soul / Funk pioneers head in a more upbeat direction on While You Sleep, following on from their previous 2020 release, Hard Up. The song’s sweet piano riff, stomping drums and Jones’ rich and tender vocal are a contrast to the lyrical themes, which live firmly in the moonlit, haunted darkness between dusk and dawn.
“I’ve been a long-time fan of Ev Jones’s soulful voice and the way he approaches making music in general”, said Bamboos bandleader and main songwriter Lance Ferguson. “He’s full of life, energy, positive intensity and good humour – and we had nothing but fun working on this song together.“
Most well known as half of JONES Jnr. alongside fellow Blue Mountains native DJ Morgs (also of Thundamentals), Ev Jones has collaborated with Urthboy, Kilter, The Tongue, Esoterik (of Bliss n Eso) and Thundamentals. JONES Jnr. released their own acclaimed album ‘GLOW’ earlier this year.
Ferguson first met Ev when they were both invited to play a showcase of Australian soul acts in Tokyo back 2015. Ever since then the two have wanted to work together, and While You Sleep was well worth the wait.
“The first time I met The Bamboos was in a tiny little bar in Shibuya in Tokyo”, recalls Jones. “Little did I know one day I’d be back in Melbourne writing and recording a killer song with them. As a self taught (and semi late to the whole singing game) musician this is an absolute honour and dream come true to be featured on this joint.”
While You Sleep is again produced by Ferguson and mixed alongside John Castle (Jack River, Gretta Ray, Angie McMahon) and continues what will be a steady stream of new music from The Bamboos. It coincides with the band’s 20th anniversary and there are numerous plans afoot to mark that occasion. One of first is a Record Store Day exclusive gatefold double 7” released on Aug 29th, comprising four of their most beloved songs that have never before been available as vinyl singles.
BLUES & SOUL (UK) 5/5 Album Of The Month
“The Bamboos are pacesetters of the funk world and should be referenced for their authentically gritty and above all, positive vibe….Ferguson’s talent being matched by one of the most distinctive voices in the world of funk, Kylie Auldist, who could power a small town with her vocals”
THE AGE (AUS) 4/5 Album Of The Month
“…instantly addictive groove with Kylie Auldist’s soulful, world-class voice out front of this stunning nine-piece party starter.”
THE BIG ISSUE 4.5/5
“’Night Time People’ reveals what so many fans already know: The Bamboos are masters of modern funk and soul”
THE MUSIC (AUS) 4/5
“The Bamboos are a bunch of seasoned players who simultaneously play it tight and loose”
While You Sleep is out now on all major streaming services.
Follow The Bamboos
With thanks to Six Boroughs Media