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The 2 Bears feat Sink the Pink – Not This Time

Hanging out with Raf Rundell and Joe Goddard must be great. The lovable bears just can’t stop spreading the fun right now, whether it’s giving out free tye-dye t-shirts or hiding Indonesian Rupiah around Bestival…

Their latest single is ‘Not This Time’ featuring the colourful Sink the Pink crew. Raf’s vocals take centre stage, belting out a seriously catchy chorus that won’t leave you for days and days. It’s a feel-good sort of tune that’ll have you toe-tapping in the office, wishing you were wearing one of those t-shirts and spending some Rupiah.

The excitement continues as ‘Not this Time’ will join ‘Angel’, ‘Get Out’ and ‘Money Man’ on their upcoming album. ‘The Night is Young’ is due to be released on October 12th on Norman Cook’s Southern Fried Records. More fun times ahead.

P.S Catch their live show at Tufnell Park Dome on October 30th, see you there.

Green Man Festival 2014

You ever been to the Brecon Beacons? Take it from us, they are delightful, and only improved by the presence of Green Man festival.

Sitting prettily at the foot of the Black Mountains, Green Man combines a top notch indie line-up (Beirut, Neutral Milk Hotel and Mercury Rev headlining this year) with an underrated dance roster. This guy will be there:

Joined by this lot:

Oh, and Ben UFO, The Field and Luke Abbott. Not bad at all. Little known fact, Green Man is also the proud owner of the UK’s only 24hr festival license (Glastonbury excluded) and they are definitely making use of it this year.

Last thing, we’re also looking forward to vegging out (post-24 hour session in the ‘Far Our’ tent) with a few films. Particularly this one:

All in all, a charming looking weekend in Wales. Catch you there.

Review: Clean Bandit @ Brixton Electric, 26.10.13

Clean Bandit are going to get very, very big. If Human Drizzle were a marketing agency, that is what we might describe as the ‘key takeout’ from Saturday night’s barnstorming show at London’s 1500-capacity Brixton Electric.

Human Drizzle isn’t a marketing agency, so we won’t – but the point remains. We have made our feelings on Clean Bandit very clear, have had the pleasure of seeing them several times in the past – and while their previous shows have been full of mischievous energy and vibrant melody, they have also been pretty much identical. We’re not going to sit here and tell you that finishing your set with a cover of Dario G’s seminal ‘Sunchyme’ is in any way a bad thing (it’s not) but it’s not a trick that bears much repeating.

Clean Bandit

All of which explains our delight at the sheer novelty of Saturday’s set – with a veritable avalanche of new material. ‘Novelty’ is a word Clean Bandit must fight against, and it is true that the classical elements could occasionally be better-integrated with their overall sound. Violinist Neil Amin-Smith spends more time grooving than playing, and a closer interplay between strings and beats (as on brilliant debut single ‘Mozart’s House’) would counter accusations that the presence of a violin and a cello constitute little more than gimmickry.

The fact is though, that these are minor gripes when the tunes are so good. ‘Dust Clears’ is a triumph and ‘A&E’ has the place jumping, but it is the new ones that are most revealing. A track that will presumably be called ‘No Place I’d Rather Be’ reeks of chart success. It encapsulates Clean Bandit’s blend of 90s nostalgia and contemporary sensibilities, of intelligence and fun, and (at the risk of sounding like Louis Walsh) it has ‘hit record’ written all over it.

Clean Bandit also deserve credit for their live show. On Saturday they were fronted by Elisabeth Troy, who lent her vocals to bona fide classics like MJ Cole’s ‘Crazy Love’ and, still more prestigiously, appeared on these pages last year following a collaboration with B Traits. Several other singers appeared during the set, including the charismatic Ssegawa-Ssekintu Kiwanuka for ‘Mozart’s House’.

Some feel that the rotating cast of vocalists is distracting, but it also keeps things fresh and diverts attention away from the traditional frontperson onto the (incredibly talented) musicians around them. The aforementioned strings can be genuinely affecting, while the Patterson brothers comprise a compelling rhythm section at the back of the stage. Jack beavers away masterfully on a variety of instruments, devices and controllers whilst younger brother Luke is a blur of frenzied control on the drums. Crucially, and unlike many artists performing ‘live’, there is a visible correlation throughout between action and sound.

With the definition of live performance increasingly problematic, there is a real sense when watching Clean Bandit that you are witnessing something unique. And if you want to do so in small(ish) venues, we suggest you get on it soon – because they’re about to be huge.

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Tensnake – Feel Of Love (Joe Goddard Remix)

Joe Goddard’s back adding his magic touch to Tensnake’s new single ‘Feel Of Love’. The German producer originally made the tune with heavyweights Jamie Lidell and Jacques Lu Cont, and now the 2 Bears and Hot Chip producer has stretched it out and soaked the tune in carnival vibes. It goes on and on, and it still isn’t long enough.*

Jokes vid for the original too:

*If you’re London-based and want that little bit more, we highly recommend getting down to The Nest this Friday night for Goddard’s weighty 5-hour set. It’s already sold out but we hear there’s plenty of tickets on the door.

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Bondax – Giving it All (Joe Goddard Remix)

Joe Goddard, he of Hot Chip and The 2 Bears, has gone and shown us/the world why he’s also one of our favourite remixers out there. You know, besides the two successful groups he’s in.

He’s stepped into a crowded field and reworked ‘Giving it All’ by Lancaster’s finest, Bondax. This is in advance of guesting at their debut London show (together with LOADS of other HD faves):

If you like the rhythmic, chiming flow of Goddard’s work then enjoy these two. We’re going to pop them both on right now:

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New Build – Pour It On (Table Man Remix)

Lose yourself in this DFA-inspired collaboration:

As a Christmas gift, DFA have put out a free remix from New Build, the next move from two members of Hot Chip (Al & Felix, not these two reprobates). UK house producer Table Man spins ‘Pour it On’ out into a faintly tropical but low-key piano house track. It’s lovely.

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Joe Goddard – Endless Love feat. Betsy

Here’s the title track of Mr Joe Goddard’s brand new EP, ‘Endless Love’.

Being the fan of collaboration that the Hot Chip and 2 Bears member is, he’s roped in Betsy to provide the vocal on this hypnotic house number. We don’t know a lot about her, but her soulful tones can also be heard on the sister track to ‘Endless Love’, ‘Make It Right’.  They sit nicely alongside three other dancefloor-inspired tracks on the ‘Endless Love’ EP, which is out now on Greco-Roman. Grab a copy here.

Welcome back Joe, summer anthem in the making wethinks.


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BLONDE – Foolish (Joe Goddard Remix)

We gave props to Blonde’s ‘Foolish’ a couple of weeks back and now, thanks to Annie Mac’s Free Music Monday, we have the icing on that particular cake:

Joe Goddard’s taken time out from his 2 Bears residency at XOYO to stretch and mould this one. He’s retained the funky house groove from the original but given it some dancing shoes and sent it out clubbing with instructions not to come back until the next morning.

Essentially, it’s good and it’s free. Say no more.

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Dirty Projectors – The Socialites (Joe Goddard Remix)

It’s been a while since we’ve heard the busy bee that is Joe Goddard flex his remixing skills. The man who is one half of 2 Bears and one fifth of Hot Chip has captured Amber Coffman’s quirky vocals beautifully on this remix. It’s out on Domino and sits nicely on a Dirty Projectors’ remix EP, also featuring AlunaGeorge and Falty DL. Tasty.

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Nneka – Shining Star (Joe Goddard Remix)

Nneka first came to our attention when Chase & Status propelled her into the public eye by remixing her track ‘Heartbeat’ back in 2009. Now, just after the release of her new album ‘Soul Is Heavy’, her track ‘Shining Star‘ has been remixed by someone who may just propel her a little further.

Who better to give your work some nip and tuck than King Midas himself, Joe Goddard. Most of the things he’s done over the last 18 months have been nothing short of stellar. He has released a host of remixes, penned one of the biggest tunes of last year in ‘Gabriel’, produced consistent bangers with 2 Bears, and remained a key member of the Hot Chip crew.

This remix may be a sum total of 9 minutes and 2 seconds long. But bear (ahem) with it. Once you’re in, it’s absolutely stunning and could be a contender for our favourite tune of the year thus far. The accompanying army of percussion he’s embedded into this soulful pop tune turns it into an uplifting, pensive, progressive and perfect song. Enjoy.

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