The Night Is Young (and out now)

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The 2 Bears new LP, The Night Is Young, is out today. Last week’s Album of the Week in the Guardian, The Night Is Young follows 2012’s hugely acclaimed Be Strong… here’s the story of how it all came together…

Two years ago The 2 Bears dropped a debut album that re-invigorated a genre and gathered music fans in the open embrace of house music. On October 13th they return with the second installment The Night Is Young, the eagerly awaited follow up released on Southern Fried. Where debut smash ‘Be Strong’ was rooted in their love for London, The Night Is Young takes on a more global vision. With a love for their home city still at its heart, the album pulls influences and experiences from across the world of dance music, drawing deeply from their trip to Africa last summer. As part of a project for Brixton based youth magazine Live, the duo played shows in Cape Town and Johannesburg and spent time recording in a studio run by BLKJKS’s Tsepang Ramoba. The lead vocals for Son Of The Sun were recorded there with a young singer called Sbusiso and Kwaito legend Senyaka, who also added his vocal to lead single Angel (Touch Me).

Speeding through multiple genres, often condensed into single tracks, The Night Is Young lifts The 2 Bear’s famed, eclectic DJ sets to higher realms, shifting the imperative to lose both body and mind distinctly up a gear. ‘I love tunes that disguise things,’ says Joe. ‘A really sweet melody with a really dark sentiment. Money Man is meant to be like that, you can have those glossy reggae records that still say something. We didn’t want to just be in that culture of not saying anything, where it’s all a fantasy world and everyone just goes and gets f****d up but no one says anything.’

It’s a stark contrast and one that cleverly moves the full-on party hedonism of their debut forward, without sacrificing any of its unadulterated disco charm. The record undulates, it’s like a taster menu; courses of hard house, soft reggae, punchy ragga, piano tear-jerkers, funk and soul, all made crystalline with the typically high level of production and the passion of Raf’s voice. The Lambsbread & Weepers EP showed the diversity of TNIY with the aforementioned Money Man, the soulful Get Out + bonus track Which Way.

Honing their craft with all the care and attention paid to a well-groomed patch of facial hair, Raf and Joe have bounced from Brixton to Tel Aviv via Cape Town, sharing the decks ever since their fateful incarnation, delivering a memorable blend of house, techno, ragga and more to almost every continent. A bearded pilgrimage if you will, and one that has coloured in the bold dancefloor-centric shapes of their second album The Night Is Young.

The 2 Bears take The Night Is Young on the road for their first ever UK live tour at the end of this month. Click here for ticket details. The dates are:

OCT 28 The Haunt, Brighton
OCT 29 Islington Mill, Manchester
OCT 30 Tufnell Park Dome, London
NOV 1 Opium Rooms, Dublin
NOV 4 King Tut’s, Glasgow
DEC 19 The Warehouse Project, Manchester

Before those dates – this Thursday in fact! – the Bears play a one-off instore at Rough Trade East. For ticket info, visit the Rough Trade shop site here.

New 2 Bears – The Night Is Young

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The 2 Bears have announced details of their forthcoming second album. The Night Is Young. The record is due for release on Southern Fried on October 13th and is available to download from iTunes, Amazon and the 2 Bears website. The tracklisting for The Night Is Young is:

1. Get Out
2. Angel (Touch Me)
3. Money Man
4. Not This Time
5. See You
6. Son Of The Sun
7. Unbuild It
8. Modern Family
9. Mary Mary
10. Run Run
11. My Queen
12. The Night Is Young

Check the brilliant video for Money Man featuring Stylo G below.

New 2 Bears – ‘Angel’

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Following on from the announcement of their 12 week stand at Xoyo (featuring a Hot Chip takeover this Saturday), The 2 Bears tease the release of their second album – The Night Is Young – with the video for Angel (hosted by Thump). The phenomenal promo is not for the faint hearted… more to come soon. In the meantime, the Bears Xoyo dates are:

17/05 The 2 Bears + Hot Chip
24/05 The 2 Bears + Bestival takeover: Rob Da Bank + Cuban Brothers + Severino
31/05 The 2 Bears + Matias Aguayo
07/06 The 2 Bears + Andrew Weatherall + Emperor Machine (Live)
14/06 The 2 Bears + Greco Roman takeover: Wookie + TCTS
21/06 The 2 Bears + Steve Bug
28/06 The 2 Bears all night long (Optimo in Room 2)

Click here for details & tickets.

12 Weeks. 2 Bears.

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The 2 Bears return to active service with a twelve week residency at one of London’s best underground clubs, XOYO – beginning at the start of April. Ahead of a new record, Joe and Raf have put together a killer line up that includes Four Tet, Daphni (Carobou), Henrik Schwarz, Rob da Bank, Andrew Weatherall, Pachanga Boys and many many more. Of special interest – the 10th May Hot Chip takeover…

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Tickets are available in advance from the XOYO website.

New Bears: John Wizards Remix, Rinse FM…

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Ahead of proper 2 Bears album news in the New Year, Joe and Raf have been busying themselves with a bit of on air DJing and a couple of remixes. First up, they stepped back into the Rinse studio this week for a show on Tuesday night. There’s a podcast version of it online here. Remix wise, there are reworks of Tookah, the title track off the last Emiliana Torrini album and of
the brilliant new John Wizards’ single Muizenberg (if you’ve not heard the LP, it’s a blinder). More news coming soon.

New Hot Chip DJ Dates

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A load of new DJ dates added for (nearly all) members of Hot Chip over the coming months:

25th Oct – Alexis & Justus Kohncke at Rockmarket, Frankfurt
26th Oct – Felix at Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart
7th Nov – Felix & Al at Postbahnhof, Berlin
8th Nov – Felix & Al at Bob Beaman, Munich
8th Nov – The 2 Bears at Fabric
9th Nov – 2 Bears at WAYF, Bournemouth
9th NOv – Felix & Al at Gewoelbe, Cologne
15th Nov – Joe at iBoat, Bordeaux
16th Nov – Joe at Somerset House, London
23rd Nov – Felix & Al at Nitsa, Barcelona
29th Nov – Al at Snafu, Aberdeen
6th Dec – Joe at Seeds, Oslo

All these dates with maps and links are now in the live section.

B & O news, gigs…

Hello. Alexis here. I am making music with my friend and hot chip drummer Grovesnor, and together we are B & O. We opened for Scritti Politti in December last year, and Gang Gang Dance and the Junior Boys in Paris also. Now we are proud to play a handful of shows with New Build, and also one with The 2 Bears as well. Below is a link to a video Brian Degraw shot of us soundchecking, plus an excerpt from our upcoming release, a cover of Sparkle featuring R. Kelly – Be Careful. You can Bear this in mind so you can Newly Build a picture of what you might see and hear; Beovision if you will.
The dates and info for the New Build shows that we will also play at is right here:
Weds 7th  Leeds Cockpit 2
Thur 8th   Manchester, Deaf Institute
Fri 9th       London, Corsica Studios (with The 2 Bears and more)
Hope to see you at the shows, bright and early, by the speakers. They’re Danish.

UPDATE !! New Build Tour UK, US & Europe

NEW BUILD are a new band featuring Hot Chip members Al Doyle and Felix Martin. Al is also known for his time playing guitar for LCD Soundsystem.

They have put together a 7 piece live band featuring synths, drums, guitars, percussion, lots of singing, and general making of loud noises!

And they are taking it on the road this Spring to mark the release of their first ever album, visiting GLASGOW, LEEDS, MANCHESTER, LONDON, NEW YORK, SXSW, AMSTERDAM, BRUSSELS, PARIS, BERLIN, COLOGNE, COPENHAGEN & STOCKHOLM!

Ticket links for all the shows are at www.newbuildband.com!

There will be some very cool support acts along the way, including BANG & OLUFSEN, a new duo which comprises ALEXIS TAYLOR and ROB SMOUGHTON (GROVESNOR).

And for the LONDON show there are even more very special guests! The party has now sold out but £5 tickets for the afterparty with all the DJ sets are still available, just arrive after 11pm.

The date is Friday March 9th, the venue is Corsica Studios in London.

New Build will be playing live earlier in the evening, and the show will be followed  by a club night until 4am.

Now featuring the supreme DJ-ing talents of Joe Goddard and Raf Rundell (The 2 Bears), Dominik Eulberg and Hannah Holland!

The party is part of the first New Build tour in the UK, Europe and the US. It is to mark the release of the first New Build album “Yesterday Was Lived And Lost”.

facebook page: www.facebook.com/events/210029982425766/

more details about the band: www.newbuildband.com

ticket link: www.wegottickets.com/event/155060