Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 9:53 am
Few albums this year have been better suited to bedroom dancing than The 2 Bears' Be Strong, one of the best records of 2012. Producers Joe Goddard of Hot Chip and his Greco-Roman label partner Raf Daddy operate in that sweet spot between songcraft and body music, banging out house tracks with killer choruses and remixes that take good songs and make them great.
The 2 Bears just released a new double-disc mix of favorite songs and remixes, titled 2 Bears 1 Love (puns!), and one of the best is a 2 Bears remix of British rapper Wiley's "I'm Skanking," a song about perfecting your moves in the privacy of your own home. It's a nice twist on the "dancing by yourself" theme — how many songs are literally about training for the club? — and The 2 Bears' pitch-shifted "mmms" and "ahhs" and bumping bass make it that much easier to practice.