Montreal’s dancefloor aficionado’s Blue Hawaii share new album My Bestfriend’s House featuring an album track of the same name. Channeling the energetic frequencies of post-lockdown freedom, the duo continue to provide uplifting jaunts in cohesion with the release of last year’s acclaimed ‘Under 1 House’ EP.
Stream/Download: My Bestfriend’s House
Album title track ‘My Bestfriend’s House’ is an hypnotic, bouncy and bass-heavy affair, partnering well with previous singles ‘L.O.V.E’ and ‘Butterfly’, praised by the likes of Stereogum, Brooklyn Vegan, The Line Of Best Fit and more. A skippy drum beat, melodic vocal samples and a heavenly top line ascends the listener into rhythmic disco bliss.
Raphaelle “Ra” Standell-Preston and Agor ”DJ Kirby” Cowan initially crossed paths in the burgeoning underground party scene of Montreal and the duo has since blossomed from their earlier bedroom-producer minimalistic approach to explore a more organic and dance-focused sound. They uniquely assemble every aspect of their music together, even amidst an ocean of separation, with Agor in Berlin, and Ra in Montreal. Reunited after a year’s separation, Agor and Ra initially wanted to finish the recording of a darker, downtempo full-length which they started in September of 2020. However, given the energy coming out of lockdown, the pair decided to put that introspective work on hold and instead whip out a good-vibed follow-up to ‘Under 1 House’. The duo headed to a cabin north of Montreal but unfortunately had to return the same night during the year’s worst rain storm. With a lost trip and a potentially haunted cabin to escape, a rapid-fire series of recording sessions ensued in the next week, aided by the uncovering of a long-lost Yamaha DX7 synthesiser. Perhaps it is this condensed time frame that has made this collection of tracks so specifically electric. “My Bestfriend’s House” delves into the joyous themes of togetherness, love and empathy – backed by chugging drums and hypnotic grooves. Thriving in the rare middleground of music to be enjoyed via headphones and club sound systems equally.
Blue Hawaii have been active for a decade, having released 3 full length albums and three EPs to date. The pair’s ability to create open-armed melodies and lush vocal accompaniment has been expertly honed over this period to widespread acclaim which looks set to continue in 2022.
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