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Review: Superfood reinvent themselves with ‘Bambino’

Superfood have well and truly defeated all odds. The future seemed bleak for them at one point; they’d put out their debut record on a label that then dropped them, and despite the fact that they were brimming with potential they struggled to find the right outlet for it. In swoops Dirty Hit Records— the label behind the likes of The 1975 and Wolf Alice— and now everything is back on track for the Birmingham mob. The finished result? Bambino, their brilliantly effervescent sophomore album.

It’s a difficult job labeling a band as versatile as Superfood with a definitive genre. So we won’t, and instead maintain that this record shows their gift for paying homage to each and every one of their influences. First track ‘Where The Bass Amp’ is as funky as it is fresh, heard only before by those lucky enough to have caught one of the band’s sets in the last six months. Though even if you are already acquainted, there’s nothing quite like hearing the recorded track for the first time and this cut, in particular, is one hell of an experience. Already well-loved cuts ‘I Can’t See’ and ‘Unstoppable’ follow in what soon becomes an almighty force to be reckoned with; an album as unapologetic as it is fantastic.

The single that saw them re-appear ready for action, ‘Double Dutch’, features late on in the album and relies heavily on a sample of a chant used in the jump rope game from which it draws its name. This was fans’ first taste of what was to come from Superfood, an assertion in only three minutes that they had so much more to share with the world. Mid-album there’s ‘Raindance’, another smooth, dreamy track that actually serves well to compliment the first single.

With that being said, Superfood are not a band to shy away from a brash, in-your-face performance. ‘Need A Little Spider’ is exactly that, utilizing a fantastic bassline and distorted vocals that make it more reminiscent of their first album, Don’t Say That. It’s not unexpected— they have said that they’ve been sitting on some of these songs for a long time— but it is a welcome change, showcasing that they’re capable of taking on any kind of challenge.

There’s three short, primarily instrumental interludes across the album, ‘wibble mtn’, ‘c is for colour’ and ‘lov’, with the latter being the last point before the album closes out with its culminating two tracks. ‘Witness’, with its intricate guitar and relatable lyrics, then the grand finale in the form of ‘Clo Park’. It’s in no way a “big bang”, but is still a great ode to Superfood’s talent. If you weren’t already convinced lead singer Dominic Ganderton had an almighty range, this track might serve to sway you as he really puts his all in.

Superfood may seem like they’re having an identity crisis, but that’s what makes them unique. Their use of elements from disco, indie, reggae and beyond do not go unnoticed, put proudly on display across this truly unforgettable record.

5/5

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