Bantum to Release New Single and EP

April 19, 2021

Cork based producer Bantum releases his latest single ‘New Leaf’ on Tuesday May 4th followed by a 3 track EP on May 25th. After the success of ‘Gully’, ‘Tower’ and ‘NGLA’ with Loah last year this is a return to Bantum’s instrumental electro funk sound with a new feel.

‘New Leaf’ introduces a new sound and direction for Bantum inspired by the disco funk soul sound of Stardust, Cassius, Royksopp, Daft Punk, Jungle and Four Tet among many others. Having garnered a reputation for collaborating with artists across Ireland and the UK spanning multiple genres, Bantum has produced a trio of tracks for the inevitable return to the dancefloor. In his own words, “I had this constant image in my mind of going back to a club or a party while writing the record. It’s funny that these are arguably the most danceable and upbeat tracks I’ve written when there’s nowhere to go yet to let loose! It’s been cathartic to produce this record and I can’t wait to play it live someday. The title is a direct reference to how I feel about this, like I’m turning a new leaf sonically.”

Written and produced entirely at home in Cork, ‘New Leaf’ will be the first of multiple Bantum projects over the coming year.

Ruairi Lynch is a Cork native electronic music producer who performs and records under the name Bantum. Mixing elements of electronica, funk, dance and hip hop, he has been releasing music for close to 11 years culminating in the 2016 RTE Choice prize nominated album ‘Move’. He has performed in Ireland, the USA and the UK and has held slots at festivals including Electric Picnic, Body & Soul, Sounds from a Safe Harbour, It Takes A Village and many more while opening for the likes of Jon Hopkins and Kiasmos’ Janus Rasmussen. A keen collaborator, Bantum has released music across multiple genres spanning R&B, Soul and Hip Hop in multiple languages. Having spent 2020 steadily releasing singles such as ‘Gully’, ‘Tower’, ‘NGLA’ and working on critically acclaimed short films, Bantum is changing things up again with his upcoming EP ‘New Leaf’. Citing influences as diverse as Nicolas Jaar, Prince, Soulwax, Daft Punk, Four Set and many more, ‘New Leaf ‘ is a step in an even funkier, beat driven instrumental direction to be played at home and in the club.

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