Album Review: Dikembe – Chicago Bowls

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Dikembe’s debut EP, ‘Chicago Bowls’ was first released in 2011. Unsurprisingly to those who have heard it since, this digital only release was incredibly well received and since then Dikembe have gone on to release a successful follow up in the way of their first full length, ‘Broad Shoulders.’

As the band work on putting together their next release, (a sophomore full length) Tiny Engines have decided to finally give ‘Chicago Bowls’ the vinyl release it deserves. Remastered and raring to sit comfortably in your brain for a few hours, this four track EP is one worth getting your hands on.

<a href=“http://dikembe.bandcamp.com/album/chicago-bowls” data-mce-href=“http://dikembe.bandcamp.com/album/chicago-bowls”>Chicago Bowls by Dikembe</a>

Each of the tracks on this EP is a triumph. Raw and desperate with sweet rhythm and perfect guitar work – just what every record needs: twiddly bits here, gain there. Combine this with perfectly weighted vocals and Dikembe have put together an EP that ends up being replayed again and again without notice. By the time the majestic cry, “I couldn’t say sorry if I wanted to” leads closing track ‘Tony Kukush’ out, it seems only natural to knock ‘Chicago Bowls’ back on.

It’s fortunate that this EP is both short and never tiring as this ten minute gem can be played longer than most full lengths before you fancy a change. I’ve had it on for over an hour and I’m still digging hard on the fantastic track names alone (‘Michael Jordank’ steals it for me). If you weren’t already, it’s time to get excited about this band.

4.5/5

‘Chicago Bowls’ by Dikembe is out on the 28th May on Tiny Engines.

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 Words by Tom Knott (@nounandthenouns)

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