Tim Simenon’s Bomb The Bass returns with new album Back To Light very soon, but ahead of that comes this release with singer Paul Conboy in tow. Always working with the tide rather than against it, Simenon’s sound and production has constantly changed to suit the times – as seen in landmark singles like 1988’s “Beat Dis” or 1995’s “Bug Powder Dust” – and it’s great to have the master back sounding as fresh as a daisy in 2010.
“Boy Girl” is a great choice of single, with long-standing BTB collaborator Paul Conboy lending some nicely strung out vocals to the slowly rising bed of synths. It has enough club action and pop sheen to prove a hit, but the remixes put a little bit more fire into the song’s belly. Canadian duo FM Radio Gods do a great job of cherry-picking the vocals and adding some seriously funky and deep grooves.
Brazilian DJ and producer Anderson Noise also keeps the vocal but adds some dynamics, doubling the length of the original to create a dark slice of techno genius. Leo Zero goes even longer (which won’t surprise anyone who’s heard his edit of America’s “Horse With No Name”) and takes 12 minutes to unfurl his beautiful Balearic-flavoured mix. Always able to confound expectations, it’s great to hear Bomb The Bass still sounding so relevant. Roll on the album!
Review: Oliver Keens