Fresh out of the UK, London’s Danced Til Midnight made their debut last year on the Thylacine Sounds imprint. The Sun Bleach EP 12“ netted support from purveyors of disco like Tensnake, Miguel Campbell and Severino. It received a solid 5-out-of–5 from noted dance music authority The Ransom Note. Now this funky project is back on the scene with a follow-up, ”More of Love“, backed with the equally wonderful ”No Way Back“.
Producer and DJ Andy Anderson, who cut his teeth around Southend’s growing alternative music scene, met Wigan-born vocalist and The Dunes front woman Carmelle on East London’s soul club circuit. Inspired by a mutual love of all things funky, the duo embarked on a musical partnership to create electronic sun-drenched grooves with clear undertones of eras gone past. Collaborating with a range of artists including brass collective The Killer Horns (from Bonobo’s touring band) and Boiler Room regular Tall Black Guy, their uplifting yet emotional blend of old and new school funk and disco continues to attract all the right attention.
”More of Love“ is a sensually charged slice of ‘nu soul’ that aims to get the floor bumping and grinding, no matter the hour. Its slinky live rhythm track – featuring a filtered bass line to make Bootsy proud – quickly sets the tone, and the cool guitar riffs, synth melodies, and Carmelle’s exquisite vocal performance combine into a potential modern funk classic. ”No Way Back“ offers an addictive sax hook from The Killer Horns and a driving bass groove accompanied by Hendrix-style floating guitar from Andy Anderson and jazz aficionado Daniel Parker. Again, Carmelle is on point with a vocal harking back to the best moments of British soul.
The first remix comes from the notorious disco doyens Faze Action who turn ”More of Love“ into a supercharged dance floor bomb. These groovy brothers showcase their renowned production acumen with a sonically abundant treatment that doesn’t sacrifice the winning elements of the original one bit. Meanwhile, Glasgow’s heady beat champion The Revenge takes ”No Way Back” and creates a pulsating builder that owns the deeper shades of Balearic beach house. The vocals float elegantly above the remix’s mesmerizing rhythm construction and when those horns come in … bam!
Danced Til Midnight now host regular Friday night guest spots on the uber cool London station Soho Radio. 2016 sees Andy kicking off the new year with a special anniversary broadcast: https://www.mixcloud.com/sohoradio/mono-loco-mixtape-ft-danced-till-midnight-01012016/