Eight releases in, Leonidas & Hobbes have honed a mutual love of soundtracks, disco, jazz, house, techno, acid, psychedelic, African and dub sounds.
Web Of Intrigue is one part tribute to lost 70s soundtracks, when music was created on the finest analogue hardware, featuring full bands, session players and lush orchestrations, one part tribute to 70s disco gods Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards (Chic) and one part mid-tempo but nonetheless cosmic house. The three parts fuse to form an instrumental track sounding as fresh as a whole meadow of daisies in 2017 and one that's been going down extremely well with international DJs who have road-tested the material.
Heavy Weather flips the script for a deeper workout in a 3/4 time signature - more of a cosmic waltz. Taking its main cue from 70s jazz fusion heroes Weather Report and The Doors' Ray Manzarek, it incorporates rich African percussion, spaced-out flourishes exhibiting the duo's love for the dubs of Lee Perry, King Tubby et al, and a good old fashioned arpeggio of an acid line - definitely a more esoteric number, all told.
The 'Dawn' and 'Acid Rain' mixes push different buttons for the heads, as suits the mood. It all adds up to a very Balearic confection, fitting snugly in with the burgeoning revival for this somewhat ineffable sound - a trend that seems to be getting stronger/bigger every year, popping up every time the sun gets his hat on and we all remember how to party like the lucky residents of that infamous White Isle....
London/Edinburgh analogue electronic duo Leonidas & Hobbes released debut EP "Machines, Tapes & Electronic Setups" via the Hobbes Music label back in May 2013, picking up plaudits and support from the likes of Resident Advisor, Mixmag, Erol Alkan, Ashley Beedle, Alan Braxe, Shadow Child, Jimpster, Nick Warren, M.A.N.D.Y., Leftside Wobble, Mr G, Auntie Flo, Sasha, John Digweed and many more... The duo were consequently commissioned to remix the Pet Shop Boys.
Second EP "Mo' Machines" came out on the label in April 2014 and received equally high praise, with i-D Magazine inviting the duo to record a DJ mix which has to date chalked up a whole lot of love on Soundcloud.
Leonidas has released two other collaborative EPs with London-based Japanese DJ/producer Kay Suzuki via his Round In Motion imprint, equally winning fans worldwide, with a track now forthcoming on new label YAM Records' You And Music Volume 1 EP plus much more in the pipeline for 2017. Leonidas also has his own lovetoparty label, releasing edits of much-loved disco tunes on limited edition 12" vinyl format and free download. Previously, Leonidas made a name for throwing word-of-mouth parties around east London on his audiophile 'lovetoparty' sound system (providing some of the inspiration for much-admired late-night watering hole Brilliant Corners).
Equally, Hobbes ran the widely acclaimed Trouble nights for ten years in Edinburgh/Scotland, working with the great and the good from across the soul/jazz/dance spectrum since '02, and championed up-and-coming live talent via his Limbo 'gig-in-a-club' nights at The Voodoo Rooms for nine years since '07. Hobbes has toured his DJing style to the various corners of the dancing planet, including gigs in the Far East, much of Europe and across the UK. The Hobbes Music label has otherwise featured artists as diverse as Auntie Flo, JD Twitch (Optimo), Neil Landstrumm, Craig Smith (6th Borough Project), Ali Renault, iO Sounds, Joe Howe, Debukas, Fudge Fingas, Marco Bernardi, Dimitri Veimar, Mick Wills and Nightwave, with further support from Ben UFO, Justin Robertson, Motor City Drum Ensemble, KiNK, The Revenge, T.E.E.D, Kiki, Groove Armada, Maceo Plex, OOFT!, Domenic Capello (Sub Club), XDB, Ben Mono, Masa Sutela, Bawrut/Scuola Furano, Numbers, John Heckle and many more...
"Think Web Of Intrigue is maybe my favourite (track) of the year" BILL BREWSTER, 14/11/17
‘It’s going to be massive’ ANDREW WEATHERALL
‘It’s boss! Anthem of summer...’ SEAN JOHNSTON (ALFOS)
‘This is great both for club and radio. Like it!’ JUSTIN ROBERTSON
‘Web Of Intrigue is my favourite and my summer anthem. Great release’ LEO MAS
‘Yes, I like it.’ ALFREDO FIORITO (‘Father of Balearic Beat’)
‘This is LOVELY!' JIM STANTON (HORSE MEAT DISCO)
‘Full support I LOVE this track WOI - named Hot Track Of The Week’ KENNETH BAGER (MUSIC FOR DREAMS, DK)
‘This sounds great - it’s quite loose but I dig it’ THE REVENGE
‘(Yes, i would) definitely (play it)!’ TOM FINDLAY (GROOVE ARMADA)
‘I like it’ GREG WILSON
LOVES it! Played on Beats in Space TIM SWEENEY (BEATS IN SPACE, NYC)
‘WOI is superb! It grabbed my attention right from the start and I listened right to the end, very rare for a promo these days. A very accomplished piece, great guitar sound as well!’ CHRIS TODD (CRAZY P)
‘The extended mix of WOI is sounding great!’ JIM BARON (CRAZY P)
‘Loving this balearic mix as it so squelchy and summery and very different. LOVE WOI original mix. Lovely shades of balearic guitars and horns’ DANIELLE MOORE (CRAZY P)
'Hobbes Music comes up trumps with this classy piece... Web Of Intrigue sounds like the soundtrack to a Tarantino film set in the Balearics. Heavy Weather is available in a number of guises and we'd happily listen to them all on repeat. 9/10 Tune Of The Month’ MIXMAG
‘An ably produced release that shines with moments of brilliance and fluff-free dance floor functionality. 8.5/10’ DJ MAGAZINE
'There's a certain calmness to sessions which groove along at just the right tempo, either in warm up or in response to the surroundings or falling sun. A highlight of such moments, aired several times, is this brand new release by Leonidas & Hobbes - 7 TRACKS THAT TURNED LOVE INTERNATIONAL INTO PURE BLISS ON THE CROATIAN COAST' - MIXMAG
Also featured on: Les Yeux Orange and Ransom Note blogs, Bondi Beach Radio, Sydney, BBC 6Music and many more...
Published: 24th August 2017