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White Printz (Wichita)

By: Cam Lindsay

Bumblebeez, a duo out of Australia via Brooklyn, New York, featuring Chris Colonna and occasionally, his sister Vila, are trying to take a lo-fi approach to forging hip-hop and indie rock to make one incredibly groovy, trendsetting force. Already being hailed as the "Indie Neptunes", Bumblebeez are reportedly rumored to be working with Britney Spears and Sugababes, while already having remixed a track by Yeah Yeah Yeahs. With all that said, this debut EP is confusing. White Printz sits on the fence as either an accidental masterpiece or merely an average piece of DIY mucking about. One problem lies in the inconsistency. The EP contains many chopped up tracks that refuse to maintain any sequence. There fails to be anything of real substance other than "Pony Ride" and "Step Back". The former is a muffled, piece of lo-fi indie rock that is so excellent it makes you want everything to sound like it, while the latter aims more for a Beck-flavored, slice of garage rock set to the beat of The Hives' "Hate To Say I Told You So". The only problem that lies with this talented team is that there isn't more like those two tracks, that's all. With any luck, the hype behind Bumblebeez will only encourage them to create one hell of a debut album, because what this EP shows is that the potential is astounding.
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