It’s clear that The 2 Bears – aka Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard and Ministry of Sound radio DJ Raphael ‘Raf Daddy’ Rundell – were destined for each other, with their shared love of the ’90s house scene – the kind that boasts Saint Etienne, Groove Armada and Leftfield. Pulling together this debut LP is a feast of hard-driving beats, old school Chicago house rhythms and an element of chillwave. Instrumental opener, ‘The Birds and the Bees’, rings out with carnival-style steel pans and blaring trumpets, before the title track takes over with Rundell’s deep voiceover namedropping everyone from the Beach Boys to Wookie. ‘Take a Look Around’ is then a mainstream club track, before the record takes a humorous turn, with songs like ‘Warm and Easy’, on which Rundell guffaws over “bear love”. So that’s what this feeling is.

By D K Goldstein

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