THE TWO BEARS
The Bears – Raf Rundell and Joe Goddard – first began crossing paths in DJ Booths. Straight Outta Brompton (well, Putney) Joe spends his time away from The 2 Bears as a producer, remixer, solo-artist and one fifth of an obscure outfit called Hot Chip; fellow Sarf Londoner Raf divides his time between club promotion, DJ outings as Greco-Roman Soundsystem, radio show hosting and artiste management.
The pairs DJ booth banter, soon led to a shared enthusiasm for house music and vague plans for a musical collaboration. Raf’s existence at the music industry coal face and first hand experience of the business’ financial travails, would make Sade’s When Am I Going To Make A Living a suitably irreverent subject for their first musical foray. So began several months of hanging out, making music ‘for the fun of it’ and ‘portamental’ arguments about obscure synths, that would wind up forming the 'Follow The Bears EP'.
Characterised by the hitherto untapped vocal stylings of Raf himself (Joe: ‘I didn’t know Raf could actually sing!’), the Bears have already received radio support from Annie Mac, Rob da Bank, Giles Peterson and Toddla T, drawn towards The 2 Bears 21st Century take on house, disco and everything in between.
RADIO SHOW – The 2 Bears have a weekly radio show ‘Follow The Bears’ on Ministry Of Sound Radio. During which you can expect to hear ‘Bear’ tunes, ‘bare’ tunes, some ridiculous anecdotes, and some extremely skilled (unskilled) technical radio know-how…!
Here is a mix for your blessed ears, originally for Plan B, by The Two Bears...
PLAN B PODCAST 000 - THE 2 BEARS by Plan B (London)
Gorillaz - Stylo
Debruit - Dalston Airline 149
Plastikman - Plastik
Syleena Johnson - Tonight I'm Gonna Let Go
Lost Generation - Go Bad
The Orb - Perpetual Dawn (Ultrabass mix)
Rihanna - Sexuality
Cutty Ranks - Hustle Hustle
Amp Dog Night - I'm Doing Fine
The 2 Bears - Mercy Time
Riva Starr & Trim - Dance Me (Jesse Rose mix)
Mandy & Booka Shade - Donut (Boy 8 Bit remix)
UR - Transition Remake
Musique - Jazz 008
Urbanworx - Gonna Be Your Number 1 (Todds dub)
Martin denny - The Enchanted Sea
Cooly G (Merrisa Campbell) comes from Brixton. She’s often placed within the growing UK funky movement, and her tracks almost always include a dancefloor-ready bassline. Yet she wouldn’t describe herself as part of the scene, even though she used to rap for funky producer Fingaprint.
Her dad had his own studio which she used to play about with, so she’d learned to DJ at the age of seven and was teaching music technology to men three times her age two months after she left school.
‘I’m more minimal tech, bit of dubstep, bit of this and that. Funky to me sounds fruity; it’s quick little beats and a little bit of vocal. I go deeper, I spend a lot of time on the production’.
Her debut, ‘Narst / Love Dub’ 12”/digital EP is released on Hyperdub records.
Also bringing the noise tonight:
BREACH (Strictly Rhythm)
ATTICUS HARRIS (T Bass)