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The three percussion experts behind the seminal indie rock / post rock band Tortoise showcase their rhythmical prowess, coming together for this self-titled concept break beat record entitled Bumps.

As members of Tortoise, these three gentlemen helped infuse a new aesthetic into the indie rock scene of the 1990s. The group set itself apart by focusing on instrumental prowess and group interaction. Instead of the tried and true themes of familiar alternative and punk, Tortoise opened up their scope of influences to create a new musical vision – dubiously called “post rock” – incorporating styles from genres such as Krautrock, dub, avant-garde jazz, classical minimalism, ambient and space music, film music and British electronica.

One of indie rock’s most in-demand master producers of the last decade, Tortoise’s producer/
drummer/vibes player John McEntire has worked with a staggering number of artists as engineer, producer and remixer. With Bumps, he lends his talents toward pushing the boundaries of a typical break beat record, fusing influences from funk, Brazilian, Latin and Afrobeat music.


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  • mot00rzysta

    @waxs fuck your playlist, sir

    29 Apr 2013 Reply
  • fergalmc

    sample heaven - Beats

    25 Mar 2009 Reply
  • OptimusPunx

    awww hell yeah gettin fucked up

    17 Jan 2009 Reply
  • n0umena

    This is so good.

    31 Mar 2008 Reply
  • MHotel

    This is some fun, raw, distorted chutney right here.

    5 Mar 2008 Reply
  • thejapanesecrew

    acckkk i really want to hear this. last fm has let me down.

    16 Aug 2007 Reply
  • messo

    Dagnammit, someone needs to get Tortoise a new webmaster so we always would be up to date with what the members are doing. Just found out about this today and I'm already in love ;)

    4 Aug 2007 Reply
  • lukatoyboy

    yes, that's what i wanted to type here :)) the album is much berrer with headphones

    28 Jun 2007 Reply
  • waxs

    It's just Bumps, not BUMPS. Can someone change that shit, looks ugly in my playlist.

    20 Jun 2007 Reply

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