Warm and woozy club grooves folding the deepest of house and the Detroitest of techno in with wobbly bass and a penchant for experimentation. Reverb-laden synth stabs, taut drum machines and roughly pruned vocal snippets combine together with subtly off-kilter time signatures and balmy funk which slowly unfurls in hazy timelapse.
Hailing from Yorkshire, UK Barley grew up listening to his older brothers’ hip-hop collections and alongside Edan, he cites the first two Battles EPs as a primary inspiration. He has been making a name for himself over the past few years with some killer live performances, EPs on Matthew Herbert’s Accidental Jnr as well as his radio show on Leeds-based electronic music station KMAH. He also releases experimental sound collage under the pseudonym Grouphums, runs the imprint Health and has collaborated with British soul singer Segilola as well as UK MCs Jehst and King Kashmere. Informed by a deep knowledge of electronic music and instrumental hip hop Bambooman makes great use of his MPC, field recordings and live percussive elements combined with a knack for delicate treatment of vocals.
Bambooman will be performing his improvisation-heavy live set moving seamlessly between ambient, hip-hop and garage. His first time playing outside of Europe it is also the premiere of a new live set made especially for MUTEK to celebrate the release of his debut album out this August.
With the support of the British Council.