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In Session: Bambounou

We welcome an artist whose sound and style is more assured than ever

  • Funster
  • 16 February 2017

There's something really rewarding about following an artist from the start of their career and seeing the stages of growth and maturity within their music. To have been a part of that journey, to have witnessed the progression and to have seen a clear shift in sounds is a pretty beautiful thing and Bambounou is someone we've kept a close on eye since his very first EP.

Jeremy Guindo has spent the last seven years creating expansive club music that could just as easily be filed under bass as it can techno. His sound is deeply influenced by his multiple heritages and nationalities – he was born and grew up in Paris, the son of a Malian father and Polish mother. It's evident when listening to his music that he draws heavily from his cultural identity.

His music has always centred itself around stark, percussive grooves, with scattered kick drums, African rhythms and intricate loops playing prominent roles but that's not to say it doesn't bear warmth and emotion. While his tracks, like 'Mass' for instance' often come across as steely and industrial, cuts from his second album 'Centrum' like 'I Ride' bubble with sweeping synths and melodies, in turn showcasing a hugely varied production set.

Parisian imprint ClekClekBoom acted as a base for Guindo from an early stage in his career and alongside friends and fellow producers French Fries, Coni and The Boo, his unique strain of techno began to pick up serious speed. The label, which was heralded as one of the coolest and freshest imprints to spring from France, skyrocketed in popularity alongiside Bambounou and once 50 Weapons caught a glimpse of the talent, his focus shifted to the German powerhouse.

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