The 2 Bears – Be Strong

Club music for grown-ups

Blokey yet chummy house from Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard and Raf Rundell, a personably geezer-ish mix of Damon Albarn, Ashley Slater and Jona Lewie. The combination expertly stirs Balearic heart and soul on the title track and ‘Work’, provides working-class poetry (‘Heart Of The Congos’) and offers paws-fur-thought on the novelty-or-not ‘Bear Hug’. Sounding like club music for grown-ups wanting a decadent summer of love return without wanting their troublesome kids tagging along, ‘Be Strong’ inevitably drifts back into very Hot Chip ease backs with ‘Warm & Easy’, while ‘Time In Mind’ goes down well by the riverside like Ralph McTell. Likely to be a hit in the woods and beyond.



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