Artist: The 2 Bears
Release: My Queen
Label: Southern Fried Records
The legendary Henrik Schwarz joins Southern Fried favourite Brooks on this uber strong remix package of standout track My Queen taken from the The 2 Bear’s universally acclaimed new album The Night Is Young. Two years ago The 2 Bears dropped a debut album that reinvigorated a genre and gathered music fans in the open embrace of house music. Now they return with the second installment The Night Is Young, the eagerly awaited follow up released on Southern Fried. 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.
Artist: Various Artists
Release: The Best of Moda Black 2014
Label: Moda Black
Release: Luxo EP
Label: Soundway Records
“Slippery guitars of classic African dance-band music and a touch of pumping super-modern bass.” The Telegraph
Batida’s trademark strands of Afro-House, Kuduro, Benga, Semba and more are all present on new single ‘Luxo’ including Spoek Mathambo (Africa Express, Fantasma) & his crew contributing the lyrics together with Angolan MC Sacerdote and a guitar riff by Duncan Lloyd (Maximo Park). Remixes come from the Gilles Peterson approved Clap! Clap! And DJ Satellite.
After a spectacular 2014 which has seen Waylayers chart in the Billboard Top 100, tour the US, smash UK press and Radio and play festivals galore – they say goodbye to the year with this; perhaps their finest work yet. With EP, album, SXSW, UK tour and so much more to come in 2015 – listen and love, but don’t hold your breath… It’s all go for Waylayers!