Bombay Bicycle Club are a perpetually under-rated act. Having been unfairly associated with fellow children-with-guitars Cajun Dance Party, the band turned in a mature, surprisingly affecting debut album – and then followed it with a bolt-from-the-blue-successful acoustic record. And yet people still seem to think of them as sub-Larrikin Love boys with guitars.
They are probably in their mid-twenties now, so the age thing isn’t so relevant. But Bombay Bicycle Club (despite their truly, incomparably, wrist-slashingly awful name) still sound like a band wise beyond their years; a band with the sort of effortless musicality that many spend a career trying to fake. ‘Shuffle’, the first single from their forthcoming third album, bears this out nicely. Built around a piano sample that slips in and out of tempo, and augmented with characteristically inventive bass work, this is a bittersweet summer tune that is instantly recognisable as the work of a popular south London-based curry chain. Wait….is that right?