Sam and the Womp
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Sam and the Womp
|Members||Bloem de Wilde de Ligny|
|Past members||Aaron Audio|
Sam and the Womp is a British-Dutch pop group fronted by trumpeter Sam Ritchie and Dutch-born singer/songwriter Bloem de Wilde de Ligny a.k.a. 'Bloom' (prev. lady Oo). The band's music mixes traditional elements of Balkan music and ska with modern electronic and dance elements. From its formation in 2009 to 2014, the band also included producer Aaron "Audio" Horn, the son of musician and producer Trevor Horn.
The group’s debut single "Bom Bom" was released as a digital download on 19 August 2012 and went to the No. 1 spot in the UK Singles Chart. and has sold over a million copies worldwide. In 2012, they signed to Stiff Records and licensed to One More Tune (Warner Music). In February 2014 Aaron Horn left the group, leaving Sam and Bloom to form Womp Records Ltd. in 2015.
Sam and the Womp was formed in September 2009 when Sam Ritchie's band Qdos which included Bloem de Wilde de Ligny joined forces with Horn.
2012–2017: Early Career
Initially signed to Stiff Records, Sam and the Womp released "Bom Bom" under a licensing deal with One More Tune on 20 August 2012. The track gained further momentum after being used to soundtrack an international TV advertising campaign for Southern Comfort. Les Mills uses it for their biceps workout track in Body Pump. The song is also featured in the game Forza Horizon, The game The Sims 3: Island Paradise, on the Channel 4 TV show Big Fat Gypsy Weddings, and in an episode of the CBS TV program Elementary. Kmart Australia also featured the song in their 2013 series of TV commercials. The song has also been used in a series of Canadian TV commercials for the Joe Fresh line of clothing. The track went to number one in the UK Official Singles Chart in its first week of release.
"Bom Bom" was produced by music producer and film composer Raz Olsher at Fossil Studios in Hackney, London; it was co-produced by Horn and Ritchie. The song is credited to Horn, Ritchie, de Ligny and Olsher.
2018 - Present: Womp Records, Vol. 1, Bee Sides & Ice Cream Man
On 15 January 2018, Womp Records, Vol. 1 was released which is credited to Sam And The Womp, Bloom De Wilde and Mista Track. The EP featured 4 tracks: The World for You, Animal Spirit, Looking Glass and Balkan Bass. On 1 May 2018, Sam And The Womp released single Posh Ragga which featured MC Solomon. This was the lead single to the Bee Sides EP which was released on 18 May 2018. 'Ice Cream Man' was realised In the Summer and was remixed by Jstar and supported by Don Letts on BBC Radio 6.
- Sam Ritchie – trumpet (b. 28 May 1982)
- Bloem de Wilde de Ligny – vocals (b. 7 July 1978)
|Womp Records, Vol. 1||
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Album|
|2016||"East Meets West"||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2017||"Gypsy In The Snow"||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2018||"Posh Ragga"||—||—||—||—||—||—||Bee Sides|
|2018||"Ice Cream Man"||—||—||—||—||—||—|
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