New Hot Chip and 2 Bears DJ dates in Seattle, Vancouver, San Fran, L.A. and Acapulco… Check the live section for more information…
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.
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.
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)
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…
Ahead of some big 2 Bears announcements in the coming weeks, Raf and Joe have posted a vinyl only 75 minute-long mixtape as a free download. Click here for more details.
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.
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
The 2 Bears are playing a series of dates across the States alongside the Hot Chip tour. Check their Facebook site for up to the minute additions.