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Album Review: Bam Bam - The Good Life

7 April 2014 | 1:03 pm | Stephanie Tell

This EP feels done to death; pigeonholed in the mid-‘90s.



While modern hip-hop tends toward electro backing, The Good Life instead incorporates funk elements including disco-style guitar. In earlier track Bags Packed this results in a thin, unfathomably cheery sound struggling beneath overly enunciated vocals. From a whiny, sex-hungry delivery in She Wanna Get Down, it's a relief to hear Joel Chamaa take a step back. He elects a more solemn melody and rapping style in Find Your Feet, which is underpinned by genuine emotion. This EP feels done to death; pigeonholed in the mid-'90s. He plays Northcote Social Club on 12 Apr.