Birmingham's funkiest sons reinvent themselves on a colourful second album
Superfood are a band reborn. At least on paper, it seems. In the three years since their Britpop-tinged debut ‘Don’t Say That’, the Birmingham group have slimmed down a two-piece, got themselves a new label in the shape of Dirty Hit and, most evidently, had a decent crack at revolutionising their sound. So far, so good. But the title of their second album, ‘Bambino’ suggests something else entirely. The word ‘Bambino’ translates from Italian as ‘little boy’ – and over the utterly joyous and juvenile following 42-minutes, we get the sounds of a band not ready, or willing to grow up. That is a good thing, we should add.
That playful nature is obvious from the off on ‘Where’s The Bass Amp’, a funk-laden indie bopper where the band slice together cartoonish samples and a filthy, infectious bassline. But the record is all the better for this schoolyard atmosphere. Take lead single ‘Double Dutch’ for example, an uber-smooth trip-hop jam – one that wouldn’t sound out of place being blasted out of a boombox in ‘80s New York – all about the joys of skipping. No reference to conkers or hopscotch, sadly.
Not to say that the record is weighed down by this one bit. Dom Ganderton and Ryan Malcolm are a deft hand at bringing colour out of the mundane in their honest, and often nostalgic lyrics. Like on ‘Raindance’, during which the pair reminisce on riding bikes out and about as kids, ‘Resting on the shed two raleigh bikes/Mine was ruby red/Yours was rusty white/No-one holds a memory as tight as I, the pair croon.
But it’s their balancing act between the two and their ability to juggle a dazzling palette of sounds – from ska to the Tame Impala-esque closer ‘Clo Park’ – that the pair showcase just how talented and multifaceted they are. Never grow up, lads.
Release Date: September 8, 2017
Record Label: Dirty Hit