The 2 Bears should be commended for their commitment to bringing a dose of fun back to the dancefloor. Former music press officer Raf Rundell and Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard are a serotonin-fuelled alternative to the cerebral glitch of the likes of Fuck Buttons and The Haxan Cloak. Sidestepping the cheesier fringes of 1990s house, but still deeply indebted to its hedonism – especially in the piano-driven ‘Angel (Touch Me)’ and ‘Not This Time’ – the pair’s second album, part-recorded in Cape Town, is full of party tunes with a global framework. There’s an Afro-funk air to the bouncing ‘Money Man’, while the languid ‘Mary Mary’ offers some chilled Orb-style breathing room during one of the most joyful dance releases of the year.
The 2 Bears – ‘The Night Is Young’
Raf Rundell and Hot Chip's Joe Goddard continue their mission to bring fun back to the dancefloor