Bambounou aka Jeremy Guindo-Zegiestowski is a French house producer making a distinctly 90s, distinctly awesome brand of bassey kick forever music. With releases on Younggunz, Sound Pelligrino (collab with Boddika), ClekClekBoom and the latest on 50Weapons he is picking up speed fast.
Many of Bambounous songs are of a distinctly housey orientation however this EP offers something with a bit more fervour. Having previously heard the Fructose EP I was excited to see something new come my way. Bambounou seems to be making house his own and creating something new with what is a well-aged genre, Cobe is further proof of this.
So lets have a listen:
The first track “Chrome” instantly kicks off (pardon me) with a big booming kick, A quintessentially housey kick absorbing every last inch of bass frequency. This is contrasted by a clever if not eerie reverbed synth. This initial juxtaposition is only a hint at the strange depths this song and EP dive into. Classic hats and an eerie synth dropout lead into an unexpected drop (of sorts). The same kick carries on (with some added bass) but a strange descending pulse glides over the top. Some knocks and donks reminiscent of a Mr Blawan create a great driving pulsating atmosphere. This tune would absolutely bang in any club anywhere and would get everybody making shapes. Yeah this song is genius, it lasts about five minutes but I could listen to it forever. It is repetitive yet constantly engaging it’s fucking great!
The second song “mass” begins with a much crunchier darker dynamic. Some more syncopated hats are mixed up with an infinitely looping vocal snippet and beautiful rolling jungle-esque bass. The hats on this are ace as well, they shouldn’t really work as they sound like one of those shitty toy drum sets but they keep the song gliding nicely. “mass” is possibly not as exciting as the first tune but definitely a bassey and Moorish experience.
The third and final tune ”Deepstaria” starts off once again with kick, but this time a bit more arrhythmic. After a minute a great Arp comes in and gets the song going/techno-ing to fuck. The looping sci-fi experience finally comes to an end to reveal a busting 90s pitch pulsed stab. Takes me back to watching kids TV in the 90s, could easily be the theme of something being made in a factory like a fucking Nissan sunny or something.
The words French and house are synonymous with previous exports such as daft punk, Etienne de cracy or justice. Bambounou however has proved that France will always get house spot on and keep it moving forward/ back to the 90s.
4/5 for forward momentum of genre
5/5 for bassey fun
And 5/5 for mood and aesthetic.
I don’t even need to mention how good the production is on this, there is not a single modicum out of place. This is what I have come to expect from this producer, his attention to detail is significant.
Tunes suitable for fans of Julio Bashmore, Jacques Greene, Mosca, Midland or Jack Dixon.