Along with being lauded for their increasingly impressive solo work, Rhye has something of a remix target in recent months. Last month, Eprom took on “Woman” and now our favorite Lancaster teens (ok, the only Lancaster teens we know) Bondax have taken on early 2012 hit “Open”. Rhye’s airy composition falls right into Bondax’s lap here and the UK duo’s earthy garage sets a more than suitable stage for Mike Milosh’s androgynous falsetto. In a sense, Bondax’s remix comes off as a little too easy, a little too cut-and-paste. That’s not a slight by any means either, just an observation that they’ve mastered the art of this sort of mix in their short time in the game.
As if Bondax’s “Gold” wasn’t sultry enough, Transmission Collective member Wolf Cub has taken his signature chords and Chicago-leaning house vibe to the Lanacaster duo’s latest hit. Whereas the original is a slick, stuttering affair, Wolf Cub’s “Muscle Mix” is centered around a smooth piano melody and a re-appropriation of the original’s percolating synth work. It’s one of those songs that could just as easily soundtrack a day at the beach as a sweaty subterranean dancefloor. Wolf Cub (and Transmission Collective as a whole) is churning out hit after hit and should certainly be named alongside Bicep, Waze & Odyssey and other Chicago house revivalists.
In an overly self-aware music landscape overrun with facetiousness and backhand complements (we’re often guilty of this), the select few artists who make unabashedly fun and emotional music standout out like a sore thumb. Disclosure’s “Latch” is probably the best example of this, but Lancaster duo Bondax are following close behind, effortlessly churning out infectious dancefloor gems and releasing tunes from the likes of Karma Kid and Sweater Beats via their own Justus Recordings. “Gold” is the duos latest stab at crossover success, combining yearning vocals with the ultra-filtered funk found on their most recent B-Side “It’s You”. Like “Latch”, “Gold” doesn’t offer much in the subtlety department, which might turn off some fans, but sometimes you just have to let your inhibitions go and enjoy a piece of music for what it is: a fun, honest song from a teenage production duo that will most likely be impossible to avoid over the coming months. “Gold” will be released on Justus in January.
Over the past few weeks, Disclosure aka the buzziest buzz act in electronic music have criss-crossed across North America to rave reviews, drawing thousands of fans to traditional rock venues. If you follow the blogoverse, the popular support the London duo has garnered is completely expected and you’re probably moving onto who’s “next”. If you’re into the whole succession angle, then it has got to be Bondax. With a North American tour planned for December and sweltering web hype, the Lancaster duo are making huge strides into the popular consciousness. For a taste of their tunes and their label Justus’ tunes, stream their latest mix for The FADER below. Oh and find us at The Roxy on December 12! Check out the full tour after the jump.
Rudimental make pretty non-descript, sometimes (really) corny, dance/pop crossover tunes. When I googled them, a video of them riding London with obnoxious jump-up/inspiration synth shit going on in the background came up. Not a fan. The vocalist has a nice voice though. Those Bondax dudes though? I like very much. Using a similar blueprint to recent B-Side “It’s You”, the Lancaster duo remixed Rudimental’s “Not Giving In” into a distended, piano funk joint. The remix feels like twisted up towel full of water that is just waiting to be relieved. It’s full of stress, but not a stressful sense. If you get my drift. It is strained, because of the juxtaposition of the twinkling keys/sanguine vocals and stringy bassline. An especially rewarding juxtaposition at that. The remix is out now on Asylum, stream below.
FACT Mag calls this “computer funk” and I can’t really think of a better signifier than that. Straying from their usual brand of sunny bass music, the Lancaster teens have crafted quite the jam in “It’s Yours”. In the vein of Onra with a little Breakbot thrown in, “It’s You” is brings the phonk with a refreshing digital twang. The track is the B-side to “Baby I Got That”, dropping August 26th on the duos own Just Us Recordings. Bondax stays classy. Oh so classy. Stream below.
Lancaster duo Bondax have quickly become one of the premier acts in UK bass culture. Unlike the majority of their contemporaries though, their music maintains an airy, upbeat quality that speaks more to a beautiful Spring afternoon than a dark London club. George and Adam have noted their affection for “romantic vibes” and their remix of AlunaGeorge’s “You Know You Like It” is another chapter in their ascension to the masters of emotive bass tunes. The original is a slow burning anthem in its own right, but after pitching up the vocals and putting the emphasis on an upbeat piano loop, the originals setting is entirely repositioned from the bedroom to the beach. For now, the track is streamable and downloadable over at The FADER so head over thataway to grab this one.
In our contemporary music culture, it’s easy to lose track of an song, album or even artist. So many songs are uploaded to sites like Soundcloud and Myspace that it’s easy to forget about a track before it gets a proper release. Over the last several weeks, we have beencovering Lancaster teenagers Bondax who have been doing some big things in the UK, being championed by Star Slinger and played out by Annie Mac. Today, Raffertie’s Super Recordings released the single for “You’re So,” and along with it, a free download of the first Bondax track we posted, “All Inside.” Both are excellent tracks and show different sides of one of the UK’s most promising young artists. Download “All inside” and stream “You’re So” below. Buy the single on here.
Remember that teenage production duo out of Lancaster, UK we featured a few weeks ago? Well in the weeks since, Bondax have set the internet on fire, been championed by Star Slinger, and released the second mix in Tropico’s “Fruit Tapes” series. The aforementioned mix shows off the duos chops behind the decks, and while we don’t get any exclusive material, it is a generally enjoyable listen. I’ll let Tropico take it away:
Fruit Tapes is a half an hour atmospheric journey of all things off beat. With an inviting twist of two-step bounce, this mix will definitely provide the soundtrack for all those midnight city skulkers out there. A masterful sign off by way of OutKast tightens the Tropico seal of approval.
Stream/download the mix below and check out more Bondax material at their Soundcloud. Find the entire tracklist after the jump.
I’m a sucker for sexy chopped vocals. Whether it’s Jamie XX’s “Far Nearer,” 123MRK’s “Untroubled,” or any number of Lana Del Rey, La Roux or M.I.A. remixes, I usually start uncontrollably twitching my body, and singing the lyrics to disastrous effect. Some artists do it well, some don’t. When paired with an artist with a discerning sampling acumen, the results are almost always breathtaking. See: Bondax’s “All Inside.” Bondax is a teenage duo out of Lancaster, England who just know how to mix their atmospherics, drums and vocals in that perfect manner. “All Inside” starts off slow as the vocal sample emerges before the beat emerges and some Eskmo-esque drums kick in. The bird cries and beach sounds couldn’t be more perfect to the vibe of this track. This is beach dance music. Pop this in your boombox at the beach, crack a brewski and get ready for bliss. Huge track. Props Bondax. Stream the track below and check out more Bondax at their Soundcloud.