Bambook is the collaborative guise of Swedish producers Eiad Sayegh and Hannes Netzell. A duo who over the past few years have racked up a string of releases for some of the leading labels in electronic music, namely Global Underground, Get Physical and Circus Recordings, covering a broad spectrum of styles but always with the focus on the dance floor. Here they join the Faceless Recordings roster, following output on the label from Climbers, Jon Charnis, Balcazar & Sordo, and Directors Cut (Frankie Knuckles & Eric Kupper).
Kicking off proceedings is the original mix of ‘Give It Up’, a tripped-out, peak-time workout fuelled by a gritty saw wave bass hook, sweeping rhythms and smooth, blossoming pad lines. The duo ride this groove out for just over six and a half minutes, keeping the groove in an ever enticing state, while the emotive, Nu-Disco tinged vocal lines drive the musicality and modern appeal to the record. Following we have a rework from Cocoon, Supplement Facts and BPitch artist, Chaim, who shakes things up a little with his interpretation, flipping the vibe into dark and dubby realms as he brings raw drums to the forefront, bubbling atmospheric pads and warm chords then add an understated beauty to the record, while the vocal lines are processed into a psychedelic cavernous state with expansive reverbs.
The A.NAG reshape steps up next, stripping things back to a refined minimalistic state, with loose, rugged beats, as looped vocal snippets, eerie bass tones and fluttering arp-lines meander around them, again putting the mix on a mind-bending, experimental tip. Label head Silky teams up with My Favorite Robot’s Jonny Cruz next as disCerN, the duo offer up a pure dance floor destroyer with a chuggy bass hook, low-slung rhythms and glitch synths, the record subtly blooms over seven and half minutes with an ever-evolving dynamism and progressive vibe, heavy stuff as you’d expect from these two proficient producers. Last but not least to close the single Bambook turn in their ‘303 Mix’ of Give It Up, doing exactly what it says on the tin and delving deep into the Acid House era with stuttering 303 lines, cosseting piano chords and tension building synths.
Bambook’s ‘Give It Up’ is out on Faceless Recordings 5th February 2014.