Bwana – Flute Dreams – Aus Music
“builds and builds, gathering momentum as it storms onwards.”
Toronto born and Leeds based, Bwana is set to have his first release on the mighty Aus Music. Having had previous releases on the likes of Infinite Machine and Mad Decent they have allowed him to expand on his already well developed and individual brand of music. ‘Flute Dreams’ is a quality collection of beats, backed up by a remix from Simian Mobile Disco.
The title track kicks things off with a thumping bass drum and strange metallic chirps, soft synth chords cut through to add some contrast. Shortly a stonking, fat bass-line and light trills join to create a haze of interwoven sound that builds and builds, gathering momentum as it storms onwards. As the track climaxes the tension increases until it drops softly off. This is a real beast of a track with a real sunshiny feel to it, guaranteed to wash away those winter blues.
Simian Mobile Disco’s remix has turned the soft ethereal layers of before into something tighter and more acidy. Short, sharp kick drums and shuffling hi-hats combine with a driving bass and repetitive patterns and sweeps. The smooth break down is a nod to the vibe of the original before the groove kicks back in.
‘Fizzle’ does what it says on the tin, shimmering shaker sounds and sharp claps on top of pounding tom-tom beats fizzle gently in and out. The bass-line is simple yet effective and the trembling, wobbly synth sounds add layer after layer. Drones and thin vocal samples make a slightly spooky aura that surrounds the whole piece. ‘Aomame’ has a nice well rounded kick sound before large hung triplets on the synth build. The drum groove builds slowly adding parts slowly until it takes the lead and soft vocal lines are used to provide the main melody.
It’s a wonderful piece of work, showcasing some real talent in weaving contrasting rhythms and melodies. Aus are onto a winner here with Bwana and his own brand of ‘amourous bass’ as they describe it.