The 2 Bears

It may seem a strange proposition but perhaps there is a collective consciousness that can leave one club flat and makes one club fly; a presiding force that guides people through the peaks and troughs of a DJs record selection. So, what’s the magic that makes one night legendary and another just a bad hangover?

It’s a question that The 2 Bears – Raf Daddy and Joe Goddard – have long mulled over in the studio whilst in the extremely commendable pursuit of trying to create the perfect party record.

The Juan MacLean

Juan MacLean is a Brooklyn based DJ and producer who has been a mainstay and defining fixture of the New York cub scene, as well as maintaining a rigorous international touring schedule, since the release of his first records on his DFA record label in 2002. While maintaining residencies in various New York clubs over the years, Juan has graced the decks at legendary venues like Berlin’s Panorama Bar, Tokyo’s Womb, Sao Paulo’s D-Edge, Lisbon’s Luxe, Fabric of London, and countless others in between. He quickly established a reputation as an eclectic and adaptive DJ, utilizing years of music making and performance experience to develop a finely tuned sensitivity to quality selection and reading a room. Never much of a genre purist, Juan’s sets can feature the gamut from Disco to House to some Techno, with detours into Electro or proto-House along the way, often in the same night. He has also produced an extensive catalog of 12”s and LP’s, mostly for the record label established by his old friend James Murphy, DFA Records, including the seminal dance floor hit ‘Happy House,’ first released in 2009. In 2010 Juan was recruited to contribute a mix for the legendary DJ Kick’s series, helping to spread House music to a wider audience on the cusp of the resurgence of House as a world wide phenomenon. Juan has also released on Classic Music Company and New York City’s Let’s Play House, as well as Get Physical, Defected, and Razor N Tape.

Most recently, in 2017 Juan released the most latest EP of his Peach Melba project on the stalwart record label Classic Recording Company, an EP that featured in the Traxxsource Top 10 techno chart and the Juno top 20 Deep House chart. He also released his latest The Juan MacLean 12” on DFA, ‘Can You Ever Really Know Somebody,’ the latest in a long line of dance floor hits featuring vocalist Nancy Whang.

2018 Has been a big year of releases for Juan, with the release of ‘What Do You Feel Free About’ on DFA, the ‘Panic In Fort Greene Park’ EP on Razor N Tape, and ‘Just Once More’ on Classic Music Company.

Currently, Juan is finishing production on his 4th LP, slated for release on DFA Records.

Sleep D

From the southern fringe of Melbourne, Sleep D are quickly establishing themselves as the axis of the Australian electronic subterranean. The duo send dancers around the bend with their weekly DJ sets and compelling live performances that have transposed riverside amphitheatres, Boiler Room, Inner Varnika and Golden Plains Festival. Founding the coveted Butter Sessions imprint, the best bits of these cerebral showcases have been soldered down into multiple EPs, as well as an ambient album on Analogue Attic.

Not only a vehicle for their DIY productions, Sleep D also use the Butter Sessions platform to prop up their peers, releasing all quality tangents of outsider house, squelching funk, hard techno and smoked out dub from locals including Tuff Sherm, Booshank, Dan White and Cale Sexton. Teaming up with Sex Tags co-creator DJ Fett Burger and Vancouver’s Jayda G on the Velvet Vortex release, the label crew now extends continents.

Always at the coalface of discovery, they’ve recently launched Domestic Documents in collaboration with Noise In My Head – a series of compilations surveying independent artists who are living and producing electronic abstractions in Australia.

Raphaël Top-Secret

When he isn’t trawling the flea markets and records stores of his native Paris, discovering those obscure party hits that never were… Raphaël Top-Secret can be regularly heard rocking some of the best underground parties around the world as far as Sao Paulo, Melbourne or Vancouver.

Not afraid to push the boundaries of club music, as a DJ Raphaël can be heard moving effortlessly between everything, from Boogie, Downtempo, Rap, Reggae, Afro-Caribbean synth bangers, Ambient or Industrial dance to the deepest late 80’s and early 90’s House.

Tapped up this year by heavy hitters such as Music From Memory boss Jamie Tiller to co-curate the sublime ‘Uneven Paths: Deviant Pop From Europe, 1980-1991’ compilation, as well as giving in to huge demand and finally signing perhaps the most legendary of his floor destroying edits to Hunee’s forthcoming ‘Hunchin’ All Night’ compilation, as well as keeping it tight and working on further projects with his Parisian Antinote crew, it’s going to be hard to keep things secret for much longer.

Friendly Fires (DJ)

“We try really hard to focus on making everything sound as spontaneous and fun and off the cuff as possible.”

LOR

In a LOR mission, a main spacecraft and a smaller lunar lander travel to lunar orbit. The lunar lander then independently descends to the surface of the Moon, while the main spacecraft remains in lunar orbit. Only the main spacecraft returns to Earth.

Jungle (DJ)

Many people will already be aware of Jungle in their full band form: a central creative core of exceptional London-based producers, songwriters and frontmen J and T, who would expand to a thrilling seven piece band to perform live. Their one (eponymous) album to date was released in 2014 to huge acclaim – a mesmeric, future-facing, modern soul record that was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize while selling over 100,000 copies in the UK alone. At the same time, Jungle have built a parallel burgeoning career as exemplary DJs and impeccable curators.

It’s a direction which has allowed J and T to explore a whole world of more club-focused sounds, showcasing a kaleidoscopic away of electronic influences while absorbing the wide eyed euphoria of the dancefloor.

Initially building their name on the DJ scene by throwing a series of parties over the last two years with much respected London promoters Percolate, Jungle have since shared DJ line ups with a who’s who of contemporary club culture including Leon Vynehall, Ben UFO, Midland, Henry WU, Hot Chip and Young Marco. Meanwhile, the duo have released mixes for Giles Peterson and Solid Steel, and helmed an influential Spotify ‘In Residence’ series to widespread acclaim.

Joe Goddard (DJ)

Joe Goddard, member of Hot Chip and the 2 Bears, songwriter, producer, DJ, remixer and co-founder of the Greco-Roman label. Like Four Tet, Caribou and Jamie xx, Joe combines a thirst for experimentation, an instinctive understanding of the dancefloor and a love of left-of-centre pop music.

During the 1990s, Joe attended Elliott School in Putney, where he met his Hot Chip bandmate Alexis Taylor and his long-time friend Kieran Hebden. As a teenager, he progressed from indie and hip hop to drum’n’bass to house and garage, always thrilled by those moments when underground music infiltrated the charts.

As well as working on six Hot Chip albums and two with Raf Rundell as the 2 Bears, Joe has remixed the likes of Kraftwerk, New Order, Disclosure, Dirty Projectors, the Chemical Brothers, Wiley and Jessie Ware, produced tracks for Franz Ferdinand, Bernard Sumner, Little Boots and Dels, and released a string of solo singles. Gabriel, his haunting 2011 hit with singer Valentina, was his first big success beyond Hot Chip. “It made me feel that I was capable of doing things outside the band,” he says.

 

Hot Chip (DJ / Megamix)

Hot Chip Megamix is unlike any other DJ set – it has a twist which enables the band to improvise once again as they play. Expect the unexpected as they stretch their wings to provide a festival soundtrack like no other.

DJ Okapi

Digging up rare vinyl grooves in the city of gold, DJ Okapi brings a forgotten era of South African pop music back to life – especially the synth-fuelled 80s disco-funk known as bubblegum and the unique house-inspired kwaito grooves of the early 90s, connecting them to their contemporaries in other parts of Africa and its diaspora.

Since 2009, through his AfroSynth blog (www.afrosynth.blogspot.com), DJ Okapi has been instrumental in turning a new generation of music fans all over the world on to South African music of the 80s and 90s, most of which was never heard outside the country at the time. The website has since grown into an online store and more recently a shop in downtown Johannesburg.

With African synthesizer music growing in popularity around the world, DJ Okapi was headhunted to put together a compilation of South African disco for US-based label Cultures of Soul, titled Boogie Breakdown, released in September 2016. Further specialist compilations followed in 2018 on the mighty Rush Hour recordings, compiled in collaboration with notorious digger Antal and entitled ‘Pantsula! The Rise Of Electronic Dance Music In South Africa 1988-90’. Putting his hand to more curations for Soundway followed and the release of ‘Gumba Fire: Bubblegum Soul & Synth Boogie In 1980s South Africa’ shortly followed, highlighting incredible music both suited to the dancefloor as well as the living room that is now gaining recognition and appreciation worldwide from collectors, DJs and listeners from all ends of the spectrum.

The future continues to looks bright with AfroSynth beginning it’s life as a record label in its own right, reissuing incredible South African disco, kwaito and bubblegum from centuries ago repackaged with love for a new generation of listeners.