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The 2 Bears : Be Strong

Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard has been a very busy boy lately: not only has he just finished recording the band’s fifth album (due out later this year), but he also released one of 2011′s best singles, the skipping funky garage anthem “Gabriel” on the ever-dependable DFA label. But evidently the dilligent chap felt he still had some spare time that could be better spent in the studio, as The Guardian is now streaming Be Strong, the debut album from Goddard and London DJ Raf Rundell’s light-hearted dancefloor project The 2 Bears. If you sometimes find Hot Chip to be a little too… tongue-in-cheek for your tastes, you may want to steer clear of Be Strong: the album is as unabashedly joyous and silly as anything the group have ever put out. But for those that like their dance music euphoric, this should be just the ticket; from the brassy pop vibes of “The Birds And The Bees” to the carnival steel drums and gospel crescendo of “Church”, with all the soft synths, piano loops and 4/4 beats you could ever wish for in between, Be Strong is a glittering discoball of a record that is sure to blow away any lingering New Year hangovers. Listen to the album in full here.

Be Strong is out January 30 on Southern Fried/ DFA

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My name is Michael Dix. I'm a thirtysomething dad who has written in the past for The Quietus, Resident Advisor and Onethirtybpm. Music has been a huge part of my life for over twenty years, and I still passionately love everything from classic rock and indie pop to hip hop and techno, from Afrobeat and jazz to Krautrock and metal, so I decided to try and spread the word about some of the stuff I hear and like. Hopefully you'll like some of it too, and if you do please bookmark the site (I try to post something most days, even if having a baby girl to look after sometimes makes that impossible) and follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts, and the occasional random brain-fart. Lastly, please share links wherever you can: word of mouth is everything!

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