The 2 Bears is the collaborative project of Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard and fellow UK DJ/producer Raf Daddy. After meeting on the club circuit in 2009, the pair released a series of EPs and remixes, including a featured spot on Death Cab for Cutie’s Keys and Codes remix EP, leading up to the release of their debut album, 2012’s Be Strong. Now, the duo has announced plans for not one, but two new new releases: The Lambs Bread and Weepers EP will hit shelves August 25th, followed by their new full-length LP, The Night Is Young, on October 13th via Southern Fried Records.
Goddard and Raf Daddy recorded the album during a club tour of South Africa, working in a studio owned by BLKJKS member Tesepang Ramoba. To round out the recording lineup, they recruited several African singers, including Sbussio and Kwaito icon Senyaka.
In an interview with Contactmusic, Goddard discussed his and Raf Daddy’s intentions with the release: “I love tunes that disguise things. A really sweet melody with a really dark sentiment. ‘Money Man’ is meant to be like that, you can have those glossy reggae records that still say something. We didn’t want to just be in that culture of not saying anything, where it’s all a fantasy world and everyone just goes and gets fucked up but no one says anything.”
The aforementioned “Money Man” appears on both Lambs Bread and Weepers and The Night Is Young. Featuring British reggae artist Stylo G, the track takes the playful harmonies of a pop song and applies it to the framework of old-school reggae. With both dynamics playing off each other near-perfectly, 2 Bears manage to make politically-charged content go down easier thanks to the steady rhythms and sunny guitars.
Watch its animated video below, which creates a similar dynamic of the totally bright vs. the uttrerly morose.