"urgent, propulsive, and deliciously deviant" - The FADER
"the life and soul of Toronto’s club scene" - i-D
"Bambii brings a unique fusion to everything she creates while also actively speaking out..." Office Magazine
"Bambii turns a melting pot of influences into a throbbing, futuristic heater, where grime bass stabs intertwine with bashment rhythms" Pitchfork
BAMBII releases her debut EP INFINITY CLUB. Following a streak of successes in this year alone, the Toronto-based DJ, producer and artist organically builds on her already-impressive sonic repertoire. She uses warped dancehall samples, as well as drum'n'bass, jungle, and pop sounds, to encapsulate her idea of an exploratory body of work that connects sounds of the Caribbean diaspora with electronic music, an effort she spoke about at length on The FADER Interview podcast earlier this week.
BAMBII formally welcomes listeners into her imagined club space with layered translations of the opening track's title, "You Are Now Entering the Infinity Club." This trance-inducing intro affirms the EP's intention to connect listeners from around the world, providing a physical and musical place of belonging, while shining a light on her own roots. On "Hooked," the DJ and producer enlists the U.K.'s dreamy electronic vocalist, Aluna, to curate a pop/R&B sound reminiscent of late 90s hits. BAMBII continues to build on the EP's underlying themes of storytelling, revelation, and identity, as she slips into the role of femme fatale on "WICKED GYAL" featuring North London's Lady Lykez later returning to Toronto with "Sydanie's Interlude" featuring fellow Canadian, Sydanie.
Similar to her work on Kelela's Raven, her feature heavy project demonstrates BAMBII's clear knack for showcasing her collaborators' unique talents. Speaking to this she shares, "When I first started, I was very focused on narrowly defining genre and thinking about music in terms of binaries. This project is the very beginning of me trying to tell more complex stories.” Though the uniting similarity between her features continues to be a shared Caribbean ancestry, BAMBII rejects attempts to tokenize and limit her artistic scope. Rather, Infinity Club, is BAMBII's way of asserting that genre is ultimately a social construct. On every track, she takes a left turn and makes an unlikely connection to show that nothing can be essentialized.
Toronto-based DJ and producer BAMBII has shared her new single “One Touch” - a heady amalgamation of dancehall, jungle and garage, merging deep wonky basslines with smooth vocals and a ceaselessly propulsive and twisting beat.
Speaking on the nostalgia-filled single, BAMBII shares, “Years ago I was in Jamaica and was surprised to hear a jungle track blaring from someone's car that made me stop and listen. I’m trying to give listeners that raw feeling of the dancehall I grew up with but with all the rage and chaos of the rave.”
It makes perfect sense that BAMBII, who helped produce Kelela's recent album, alongside KAYTRANADA, would go on to make music that captures the ecstatic thrill, joy and release of the club. Her legendary queer night Jerk has not only helped build a safe space for queer POCs in her home city but also created a riotous and exhilarating party in the process.
The blend of dancehall, jungle, garage and R&B that permeates the record may be coming out of a unique space that Bambii has carved out for herself in Toronto but there’s also big hits of UK flavour in there too. Once again, this can be linked to BAMBII’s sonic explorations of her own heritage. “I am hugely influenced by the UK music scene,” she says. “I feel like it's one of the main places where Caribbean music has pushed the electronic realm at large. I am equally invested in nostalgia as much as the future and try to convey that on every track.”
Catch BAMBII on tour over spring/summer:
6th April, Manchester, UK - 15 Years of PAN @ The White Hotel
7th, April, Amsterdam, NL - De School
8th, April, Glasgow, UK - Peach @ SWG3
27th, April, London, UK - Space 289
29th, April, Barcelona, Spain - Nitsa
5th, May, Berlin, Germany - Panorama Bar
28th, May, Bakersfield, CA - Lightning in a Bottle Festival
1st, June, Sydney, Australia - Settings @ Universal (Vivid Festival)
11th, June, Melbourne, Australia - Rising 2023 @ Melbourne INT Festival
8th, July, London, UK - Wireless
The musical force known as BAMBII returns to share a brand new single in "RIDE WITH ME." Fully written and produced by BAMBII, the track marks her debut singing on one of her own productions with additional vocals from Tempest featured on the hook. Fusing her Jamaican roots with a worldly sound influenced by Toronto's multiculturalism, "RIDE WITH ME" is a rave love story and an emotional club banger that is a collision of hyper-pop, drill, and breakbeats featuring BAMBII on production and vocal duties.
The new track arrives following BAMBII's recent co-production on Kelela's latest single "Happy Ending" and her pair of 2021 EPs TWITCH and TRUCK RIDDIM. The EPs featured original instrumental versions of their title-tracks as well as additional remixes. Following an extended stay in Jamaica during the Covid-19 lockdown, TRUCK RIDDIM was BAMBII's first release since 2019's "NITEVISION" feat. Pamputtae.
Whether online or on dancefloors, BAMBII's political and musical vernacular give credence to dance music's ever expanding reach, the relationships it helps forge between individuals, cultures and spaces.