The 2 Bears debut album Be Strong has been a revelation. The hirsute duo made up of Joe Goddard of Hot Chip & Raf Rundell aka the Raf Daddy have made a record that has touched people from many a different musical and cultural background.
Their roots of course, lay in House music and it’s that genre that essentially defines The 2 Bears. So it only felt right that they released a 12” with exquisite remixes of one of The 2 Bears original musical outputs, Be Strong!
The 2 Bears are big fans of the Basement Jaxx. Their parties, productions and attitude towards dance music have been one of the biggest influences to Raf & Joe over the years. Simon Ratcliffe’s two outstanding and very different mixes exhibit clearly why the Basement Jaxx are one of the most important and relevant UK dance acts.
Eats Everything on the other hand, has recently become one of the hottest names in House music. Everything he touches seems to turn to gold, with Entrance Song being one of 2011 biggest club records, alongside Bear Hug of course! Two remixes Eats delivered around The 2 Bears second EP Curious Nature finally see the light of day, exclusively on this 12”. Idiotproof team up with him for the “Banger” mix and he goes at it alone on “Curious Nature”.
The 2 Bears have a busy summer ahead, filled with festivals, Ibiza dates and UK shows. Joe, being the busiest man in pop music will also be touring with Hot Chip and promoting the bands fifth album, which will be released in the summer. 2012, the year of the bear!
Published: 29th March 2012