Feb 23rd, 2023
“Midlife Glow” is the first single taken from the upcoming mixtape album Real To Reel by Australian funk & soul pioneers The Bamboos, and is a soulful hip hop track featuring Michigan MC Ozay Moore.
Moore observes how much genuine life experience adds to talent, something never discussed in today’s fast-burn hip hop landscape. His thoughtful rhymes paired with a deep & introspective Lance Ferguson / Tyson Pumphrey groove makes the song an utterly perfect match.
“Hip Hop has been part of the DNA of The Bamboos from the very beginning and beyond”, says the band’s founder and guitarist Lance Ferguson. “Whether deliberately dropping extended drum breaks into our tunes with DJs and producers in mind, or featuring MCs like Ohmega Watts, Lyrics Born, J-Live and Ty on our songs. It made total sense to devote a full-out release to show this side of our sound“.
Ozay Moore (aka Othello) has proven himself to be an exceptional storyteller time and time again over the last 20 years, from his early ‘2000s group Lightheaded right up to his recent acclaimed collaborations with producer Tall Black Guy. Aside from skills as an Emcee, DJ and muralist he is also an active community organizer, founding All of the Above Hip Hop Academy, an organization that mentors youth through core tenets of the culture.
Real To Reel will be a collection of Bamboos songs with guest MCs from across three different countries, pairing the band’s signature live funk sound with some of the most insightful rappers working today, all with the aim of returning a soulful musicality to hip hop. The tracks vary from uptempo to reflective and more tracks will be dropping soon in 2023.
The band have just returned from their first ever US shows, being invited to play on the 19th annual festival on the Caribbean, Jam Cruise. They joined incredible artists on the line up such as George Porter Jr. (bass player for The Meters), Butcher Brown (the live band project of renowned Hip Hop producer DJ Harrison), Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio and the legendary Cymande.
“Midlife Glow” out digitally on February 24th 2023 via BMG / Pacific Theatre