Album: The Bamboos, Medicine Man (Tru Thoughts)

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The Independent Culture

Swapping their signature sound of energetic if rather workaday retro-funk for sophisticated pop-soul songs fronted by guest vocalists including Aloe Blacc, Daniel Merriweather, Tim Rogers and the semi-regular Kylie Auldist, Melbourne's Bamboos take a definite leap forward.

But why on earth did they spoil the party by going back to their old style for a distinctly pedestrian second track, "What I Know"? It's two-thirds pretty good, all the same.