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Australias’ premier instrumental deepfunk outfit. Masters of super-heavy, raw and upfront drum-break driven grooves.

The Bamboos live shows are veritable history lessons in old-school breaks – schooling audiences on the roots of Hip Hop and modern dance music. They are one of the tightest bands in the world and a truly amazing spectacle to watch.

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  • Audio CD (4 Jun. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Tru Thoughts
  • ASIN: B007NZVZO0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,604 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Where Does The Time Go feat. Aloe Blacc
2. What I Know feat. Kylie Auldist
3. The Wilhelm Scream feat. Megan Washington
4. Cut Me Down feat. Kylie Auldist
5. I Got Burned feat. Tim Rogers
6. I Never feat. Daniel Merriweather
7. Midnight feat. Bobby Flynn
8. Eliza feat. Megan Washington
9. Medicine Man feat. Ella Thompson
10. Hello Stranger feat. Ella Thompson
11. Window feat. Kylie Auldist

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BBC Review

During the last decade, Melbourne-based musical conglomerate The Bamboos have been making an impact with a hybrid sound tastefully referencing the great soul and funk of the 1960s and 70s, without ever falling into the retro trap.

That their material has been handled by Tru Thoughts, the Brighton-based independent that has brought forth musical delights by Quantic and Bonobo, already gives it a certain legitimacy – but the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and Medicine Man, the group’s fifth album, goes down like a mango and lemon syllabub. It’s tastefully done, and possesses many hidden textures and contours; the more you get of it, the more you like it.

Perhaps the best thing The Bamboos have going for them is their superb musicianship. Bandleader Lance Ferguson is obviously a brilliant guitarist but he is never overly flashy with his lead licks; his solos help convey emotion in suitably brief bright blasts of treble, instead of overburdening a tune with unnecessary pyrotechnics.

Bass duties are shared between Ferguson and his creative foil, producer John Castle, who also plays piano and a spot of drums, and the bass lines on this album are suitably cavernous, helping to ground the material between melodic hooks and danceable grooves.

Where Does The Time Go?, sung by Aloe Blacc, is the kind of song that anyone of a certain age can relate to; as Ferguson, Castle and team propel the music forward, Blacc laments the passing of his youth. Co-conspirator Kylie Auldist features on a quarter of the disc, and even if her style is rooted in early 1970s funk, the band pull in enough original elements to make sure the work is always their own.

For instance, Window counterbalances Auldist’s blues-funk growl with light strings and a gently bouncing beat. Similarly, Hello Stranger has a great sitar accompaniment that hearkens to 1960s psychedelia, but never in a way that is constrained by the reference. Other guests include Tim Rogers of You Am I, soul crooners Bobby Flynn and Daniel Merriweather, and Megan Washington, whose appealing vocals grace a horns-heavy version of The Wilhelm Scream.

The music here would sound dynamite live, so look out for appearances. And even if you can’t make it to a show, this album is definitely worth investigating. Get your hands on a copy and dig in.

--Garry Mulholland

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Irving on 22 Aug. 2012
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Bit of a departure from previous Bamboos albums but don't let that put you off. What this album lacks in funkiness, it makes up for with soulfulness. Give it a few listens and you won't be disappointed.
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By John Bennett on 20 July 2012
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I like the earthy instrumentals that characterised the Bamboos early albums. Medicine Man is different from these. It's actually very good, as indicated by most reviews on the web. I recommend listening first. Some very cool tracks. This is a group that isn't standing still.
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Having purchased On The Sly and enjoyed this album very much I jumped in and bought Medicine Man without a thought. Disappointed is an understatement. To go from such a fantastic album (On The Sly) to this is incredible. No strength in the music, no real roots or funk. My advise would be to listern to any sound bites first before you buy this album. A shame really as The Bamboos are obviously really talented and a great band, the same can not be said for the results of this last album.
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Great Album 30 Sept. 2013
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I originally became aware of this band because one of my favorite artist Daniel Merriweather sang a track on it but I checked out the whole album & really liked it. Eliza is one of my favorite tracks.
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