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Album Review

The 2 Bears' Raf Rundell and Joe Goddard continue the empowering feel of their debut album Be Strong on The Night Is Young, a set of songs that ponder aging and life's fleeting pleasures — not the least of which are moments spent on the dancefloor. As the duo deals with uncertainty and finds comfort in steady beats, the '90s influences they introduced in their earlier work sound fresher and more relevant than ever. The Night Is Young opens with the inspired one-two punch of "Get Out," which shifts from moody breakbeat to confident house rhythms and back again, and "Angel (Touch Me)," which manages to be equally comforting and kinetic with another solid four-on-the-floor beat and soaring pianos and vocals. Many of the album's other highlights follow suit: the tender, thoughtful "Modern Family," the inspiring "Unbuild It," and the stylish "Not This Time" are as reflective as they are danceable, recalling Goddard's work with Hot Chip on albums like One Life Stand and In Our Heads. While The Night Is Young is rooted in the same spirit that made Be Strong so engaging, Goddard and Rundell go farther afield musically and geographically. The 2 Bears join a crew of artists including Damon Albarn, Populous, and Débruit who mine Africa's rich musical traditions for inspiration, and the duo recorded parts of the album in South Africa with local musicians. The hypnotic "Son of the Sun" bears these influences most clearly with vocals by Senyaka and Sbusiso, but this expansive feel extends to much of the album's latter half. Rundell and Goddard sound especially liberated on "Mary Mary," an elongated journey through acoustic guitar loops and spoken word samples recalling early-'90s Orb; the harder-edged "Run Run Run"; and the transcendent title track.

Customer Reviews

Get Out!

I cannot stop listening to Get Out and Run Run Run. Both songs go through several phases and hit some incredible grooves midway through. The 2 Bears! We love you! More please.

Make the title track available separately!

Please make the title track "The Night is Young" available separately for purchase. I love the song and don't feel it's right that you must purchase the entire album just to get it. Thanks.

High Quality

This is an amazing album featuring a rich production value and smooth, well constructed electronic grooves. This is not just another dance album with random noises, and the hint of Hot Chip sounds and vocals emote a sensation of nostalgia and familiarity.

Top marks.

Biography

Formed: London, UK

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '10s

The 2 Bears are a collaboration between producer Raf Rundell, co-founder of the 1965 label, and Joe Goddard of Hot Chip. The two crossed paths while DJ'ing a London party hosted by the latter's Greco-Roman Soundsystem collective. Later the duo teamed to host Follow the Bears, a program for Ministry of Sound Radio, and went about replicating some of the Detroit techno and Chicago house they had been playing, with Goddard making beats and Rundell singing. During 2010 and 2011, they released four EPs...
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