Lance Ferguson is proving a prolific force in Australian music, having cemented a reputation for insatiable grooves and soulful songwriting as the founder of The Bamboos. His debut solo project ‘Raw Material’ sees the Melbourne native consolidating a long love for vinyl through a dynamic collaborative approach; the album bears the fingerprints of 35 producers, vocalists, MCs and musos.
Packing intricate sonic ideas with countless carefully selected samples, the record blends classic influences with striking fresh concepts, spanning jazz, contemporary hip hop and electronica.
We were lucky enough to pick Ferguson’s brain on the records that have left the biggest impact on his craft.
GRANT GREEN – ‘LIVE AT THE LIGHTHOUSE’
“I got my start as a guitarist, and as far as guitar records go this one is a real blueprint record for me. Grant Green didn’t quite get the recognition he deserved during his own lifetime, but thanks to the re-issue boom his music has been re-introduced to the wider world and that’s a wonderful thing. When I first heard “Jan Jan”, my head exploded.”
JON HOPKINS – ‘IMMUNITY’
“I listen to loads of music all of the time, but I’m always looking for the album that is going to really connect and be one of those ones that you come back to over and over again. Jon Hopkins brings a completely fresh approach to the electronic music he makes, influenced by his work with Brian Eno and careful attention to building up completely bespoke sound environments. Even after hundreds of listens, “Open Eye Signal” and “Collider” keep offering up new hidden surprises.”
JOHN COLTRANE – ‘MY FAVOURITE THINGS’
“The year 2017 marks 50 years since John Coltrane passed. He remains one of the most influential and innovative musicians of all time, across any genre. All of his recordings are important, But the stretched-out Modal treatment of ‘My Favourite Things’ is a record that never stays too far away from my turntable.”
ANDERSON .PAAK – ‘MALIBU’
“Anderson .Paak is making some of the most exciting, forward looking Soul music around. Whether it’s his solo material, or guesting on music with KAYTRANADA, Mac Miller or SiR, he always delivers the goods. “Am I Wrong” teams him up with the incredible producer Pomo, and somehow it already feels like a classic.”
A TRIBE CALLED QUEST – ‘PEOPLE’S INSTINCTIVE TRAVELS AND THE PATHS OF RHYTHM’
“Thank you Q-Tip and co. for not only creating a watershed moment in hip hop, but also for introducing me to Roy Ayers, Donald Byrd, RAMP, Slave, Sly Stone, Reuben Wilson and Grover Washington through your impeccable sample choices.”
‘Raw Material’ is out now. Check out the slick track “Back To You” here: