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Boom Bip

Originally hailing from Cincinnati, Boom Bip (born Bryan Charles Hollon) is a notable American musician who made his name as an underground hip-hop producer in the early 2000s, but has since successfully branched out into various styles of rock and electronic music. His music is often created using live instrumentation rather than samples or loops, and his full-band live performances have taken place at numerous festivals, including Coachella and Glastonbury. He has remixed and collaborated with dozens of artists ranging from Four Tet and Lali Puna to Snow Patrol and Peter Bjorn and John, and he has particularly received acclaim for Neon Neon, his collaboration with Super Furry Animals vocalist Gruff Rhys. After playing in several bands during high school, Hollon became a DJ in 1993 while attending college in Cincinnati. Offbeat turntablist methods gradually raised his profile, and his 1998 12" The Low End Sequence, an EP of jazzy, abstract hip-hop instrumentals in collaboration with DJ Osiris, was the first release on Mush Records. Two years later, the label released Circle, Boom Bip's full-length collaboration with Anticon-affiliated MC Doseone. The album was an outstanding, highly experimental work that tested the boundaries of hip-hop and gradually accumulated a cult following. Boom Bip began releasing Doo Doo Breaks, a series of LPs intended for DJs, on Mush in 2000, but he moved to Warp's newly minted hip-hop imprint Lex (which remained affiliated with Warp until 2005) for his subsequent work. Boom Bip's proper solo debut, Seed to Sun, arrived on Lex in 2002. The album mainly consisted of melodic, intricate instrumentals, but also featured guest raps by Buck 65, Dose One, and Nacky Koma. The album was followed by two EPs, From Left to Right and Morning and a Day, which featured new songs as well as remixes by Boards of Canada, Venetian Snares, Mogwai, and others. Both EPs, as well as tracks from a session recorded for John Peel's radio show, were compiled on the 2004 CD Corymb. Boom Bip's next solo album, 2005's Blue Eyed in the Red Room, moved further away from his hip-hop beginnings, consisting almost entirely of live instrumentation and featuring guest singers Nina Nastasia and Gruff Rhys. Following production work on Busdriver's 2007 full-length RoadKillOvercoat, Boom Bip released Sacchrilege, a five-track EP of bright, uptempo electro-influenced dance tracks. Hollon continued this direction with Neon Neon, a project with Gruff Rhys sparked by their prior collaboration on Blue Eyed in the Red Room. The duo released two singles in 2007 ("Raquel" and "Trick for Treat"), followed by the full-length Stainless Style, a fascinating collection of '80s throwback electro and new wave that was loosely inspired by the life of car designer John DeLorean. The album was well-received, earning a nomination for the 2008 Mercury Music Prize. Boom Bip returned to the solo ranks in 2011 with Zig Zaj, a more rock-centric album that featured guest appearances by members of Franz Ferdinand, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Empire of the Sun, and others. The following year, Boom Bip collaborated with visual artist Charlie White on Music for Sleeping Children, an amusing, touching EP of songs built around samples of interviews with adolescent girls. Boom Bip and Gruff Rhys then regrouped for a second Neon Neon album, Praxis Makes Perfect, inspired this time by Italian publisher Giangiacomo Feltrinelli. The album appeared in April of 2013, and featured narration by Asia Argento as well as vocals by Cate Le Bon and Italian pop star Sabrina Salerno. This was followed in April of 2014 by Years of Lead, a limited vinyl-only EP released on Record Store Day. ~ John Bush & Paul Simpson
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Stations Featuring
Boom Bip

    Electronic Chill

    Electronic Chill
    4 songs

    Modern Jazz

    Modern Jazz
    1 song

Albums by
Boom Bip

Top Songs by
Boom Bip

  1.   Song
  2.   Voodoo Science by Boom Bip & DJ Osiris
  3.   The Move
  4.   Girl Toy
  5.   I See Me
  6.   Roads Must Roll
  7.   The Matter (Of Our Discussion)
  8.   Cimple
  9.   Snook Adis
  10.   Dumb Day
  11.   Pulse All Over
  12.   One Eye Round the Warm Corner
  13.   Popsicle
  14.   Janie
  15.   Dog Collar
  16.   Reveal
  17.   Clocked
  18.   Make Up
  19.   Cleansed
  20.   Isabelle
  21.   The Unthinkable
  22.   New Order
  23.   Me: The New You
  24.   First Walk
  25.   Georgia
  26.   In the Tree Top
  27.   Baylee
  28.   Third Stream
  29.   Films
  30.   Savannah
  31.   Fallen
  32.   Lost Weekend
  33.   Automaton
  34.   Mascot & the Moth
  35.   One of Eleven
  36.   Rat Tail
  37.   Aplomb
  38.   Last Walk Around Mirror Lake
  39.   The Use of Unacceptable Colours in Nature
  40.   Awaiting an Accident
  41.   Closed Shoulders
  42.   Coogi Sweater
  43.   Stalked
  44.   Break In
  45.   Aftermath
  46.   Irma
  47.   Newly Weds
  48.   The Pinks
  49.   From Left to Right
  50.   Mik & Mel
  51.   Mannequin Hand Trapdoor I Reminder
  52.   Do as I Do
  53.   U R Here
  54.   Sabrina
  55.   The Trip
  56.   Goodbye Lovers and Friends
  57.   Pele
  58.   Do's & Don'ts
  59.   Morning and a Day
  60.   Eyelashings
  61.   Little Girl
  62.   Tumtum
  63.   All Hands
  64.   Soft & Open
  65.   Manabozh

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