No you don’t need to adjust your vision, you are seeing double. This week we’re focussing solely on the best duos going around at the moment. It takes two to tango and while some of these duos are siblings and that’s kind of weird, we whole-heartedly agree with the sentiments of that saying. Together these pairs have created sweet electronica, bass-heavy dance music, euphoric pop and more. Here are our favourite new duos at the moment.
Canadian producer Ryan Hemsworth has called this brother-sister duo, Tennyson, his favourite lil qt pie canadian duo so theyve got to be good. One is 17 years-old, the other is only 15 and yet they’re making beautifully expansive and atmospheric electronica. Most teenagers have trouble maintaining their attention for a 3 minute pop song let alone restrained, brooding tunes such as those of Tennyson.
Their latest track Lay-by is a spaced-out, lull that sees the pair trying-out hip-hop-inspired beats and twinkling synths. It would be great to hear what they could do with a vocalist on board. Stick around for the final minute where they detour into a sophisticated, 1950s-lounge vibe.
Melbourne-duo Klo (aka. cousins Simon Lam and Chloe Kaul) kinda blew up the internet in March when they released their debut track, Make Me Wonder. Built around James Blake-esque stylings and sparse electronica, the pair lulled their way into many listeners’ psyche. These two are cousins but apparently werent that close before they started collaborating musically. You wouldnt know. They sound as in sync as iTunes and an iPhone with Chloe providing whimsical vocals over Simons transporting soundscapes.
Their latest release is the first song they ever wrote together, False Call and provides us with a bit more bass than Make Me Wonder. Still, its another experiment in minimalism that pays off. Already, production-wise, it sounds like theyre making impressive progress.
The UK and America combine in this brilliantly named, multinational duo. Pistol Shrimp is UK musician David Burreddu and British singer/songwriter Aaron Peterson. Theyve just released their first EP as a duo entitled Heart and its a sunshine-filled affair of flavoursome synths and perky drums. Its for those of you who revel in the euphoric rushes of M83 or Foster The People and is about as easy to digest as a lemon tea. Although much more exciting.
The stand-out track comes in the way of Between Us, a bubbling, explosion of interesting synths and echoing, 80s drums. If musics meant to transport you someplace else then Pistol Shrimp fill the brief expertly. They create a starry atmosphere on each track of Heart, rarely allowing it to drop the pace. Also give their ramped-up version of Coldplays Magic a go if the original was too melancholic for you.
DJ Dodger Stadium‘s two makers are not new to the scene but they are new in the sense that this collaboration is only recently established. DJ Dodger Stadium is made up of LA producers Jerome LOL and Samo Soundboy. Separately, the pair have made a name for themselves but their collaboration for their own record-label, BODY HIGH, is their best work yet. Think, nostalgic 90s vocal samples that repeat over and over, alongside strung-out synths and pulsating bass. Its harshness will screw with your mind but theres also sense for melody that shines through above all else
Their debut album, Friend of Mine, has just dropped and is defined by their hallmark tune, Love Songs. Its coated in industrial instrumentation that at times sounds like gun sounds and is built by a crescendoing vocal sample. It steadily builds layers before descending into a glorious vocal sample. Such is the joy of DJ Dodger Stadium- those moments of short relief that allow you to pull yourself together and get back into it.
From one LA duo to another, except these guys are a fair bit different to the relentless bass of DJ Dodger Stadium. Brothers Jeremy and Greg Pearson make up funk-duo, Thrillers. If you havent heard, funk is all the rage at the moment with everyone from Pharrell to Jungle to Deadmau5 putting their (sometimes unwanted) stamp on it. Thrillers are certainly wanted in the genre and pull it out of the 70s and into the 80s. Its more Twin Shadow than it is Get Lucky which is probably why it doesnt sound like a tired formula.
The first single of their upcoming EP, Cotton Candy Kisses, is Cant Get Enough and its a euphoric piece of funk-pop. Programmed drums sit below beds of stylish guitar work which boost the layered vocals of Jeremy and Greg. The chorus explodes into a multi-faceted, vocal-hook which is likely to throw hands-in-the-air. Perfection.