North London based ambient soul duo
.......what happened was John came over to Rob's studio in Hackney to see if he would do some mixes of songs he had – Rob got into them and as the mixes progressed he suggested some arrangement and even lyric changes and John didn't kill him – shortly after that they were swopping songs and then ideas and bits of new songs and without really thinking about it much they realised that they were writing together – they ended up with enough for an album but wanted to do something quickly so they made an EP.
'What It's All About' is the first – they are currently halfway through recording the second – they prefer EPs because they can be released quicker and more often – that's about it .......except that John is a midwestern boy from St Louis so he brings those roots to the mix - Rob is a northwesterner - from Liverpool to Hackney in one mighty leap – and there's soul music in there somewhere.
.......sometimes we like to have arbitrary rules that can be switched on and off as necessary. One good rule is you're only allowed a maximum of three instruments and two takes. We like to do complete takes because you never know what will happen – editing is allowed if the take is good. Sometimes restrictions can really help – fortunately we have a secret switch that can disable them – not everybody is so fortunate.