With each of them writing, recording and producing their music, Andy Clutterbuck and James Hatcher have been doing business as the electronic-soul duo Honne (above, performing “Warm on a Cold Night” for Hype Hotel) since forming two years ago in London. And following some very well received EPs, influenced by the likes of Al Green and Bill Withers, the duo’s debut full-length, Warm on a Cold Night (stream it below)— filled with smoldering synths and smooth vocals—arrived this past summer. Clash Music says the album bursts with “irresistibly smooth, baby-making electro-soul,” while the Guardian proclaims, “The East London duo’s sleek debut combines the best sounds from the past with state-of-the-art, sophisticated pop.” And having just launched an American tour yesterday, Honne play Warsaw in Brooklyn tomorrow night. Eclectic Austin, Texas, one-man band Max Frost opens the show.
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Honne – The Bowery Ballroom – March 11, 2016
Hailing from across the pond, first-name-only Brits James and Andy, better known as Honne, produce amazing soul-infused electronic grooves. When asked to describe their genre-blending music to the Telegraph, they answered, “warm and sensual, late-night vibes, serious baby-making sounds.” Folks, you’ve been warned. Andy’s voice delivers the heavy soul, and sidekick James lays down the keys. Earlier this year, the duo released the EP Gone Are the Days, building upon previous songs as the title track was featured on their previous release, Coastal Love. With new material tucked into their silky pockets, the mates landed upon a sold-out Bowery Ballroom on Friday night.
A radio sample opened the evening as the pair hit the stage joined by a full band for crowd fave “Warm on a Cold Night.” Andy greeted New Yorkers and noted that it was their second time in our fair city. The two soon had the room grooving with callouts to join in and sing on “Top to Toe,” with the disco ball activated for maximum ambience. As if that weren’t enough, the singer stripped off his jacket for a cover of Darondo’s “Didn’t I,” eliciting a barrage of female screams. When the chorus “On this New York City coast” from “Coastal Love” chimed through, more cheers erupted across the packed venue where folks overflowed the balconies as the retro ’80s industrial drum-and-bass stylings reverberated. Honne premiered a new track, “Someone That Loves You,” which they dedicated to a mysterious Ricardo, who has been having a rough time, before closing the set with the clap-inducing title track.
Not to let the boys off the hook so quickly, uproarious applause called them back and had Andy proclaiming, “You guys are officially the best!” Repaying the adulation, some deep classic soul was thrown down with “3am,” and James punctuating the evening by donning the electric guitar on “All in the Value.” I’m not sayin’—I’m just sayin’—people leaving that show could be getting frisky ’til 3 o’clock in the morning off that musical high. —Sharlene Chiu
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London’s Honne are coming our way to play The Bowery Ballroom on Friday night. The show sold out quickly, but if you’d still like to go, The House List is giving away two tickets to see the electronic-soul duo live in New York City. So try to Grow a Pair. It’s easy. Just fill out the form below, making sure to include your full name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Honne, 3/11) and a brief message explaining your favorite thing about New York City on a Friday night. Eddie Bruiser, a big fan of weekends in NYC, will notify the winner by Friday. Good luck.
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