I enjoy finding new music as much as the next person but there is something about a duo that produce such melodic vocal samples and punchy basslines that puts a big smile on your face. You may have read my recent review on a track entitled ‘Before Me’ where I stated that “this is possibly one of the best House tracks I have ever heard” and following the release of their EP on Noir Music (which I urge you to listen to), I thought it only right to get in touch with the boys and ask them some questions so we can get to know them a little better. Ladies and gentleman, I give you James and Ben, also known as Rekreation.
1. I understand you are both from Manchester/Leeds. In what way has your city shaped your sound?
Spending the majority of our life in and around Manchester has definitely shaped our musical tastes, growing up with nightclubs such as Sankeys, Joshua Brooks and now the long gone Area 51 on our doorstep were gateways into electronic music. Mix that with two childhood’s and teen years dominated by music, and eventually music production, and that was the start of Rekreation. Being currently based in Leeds has further contributed to the progression and evolution of our sound being surrounded by such a predominant house music scene.
2. If you could pick a favourite song of 2012, what would it be? And why?
James: That’s a really tough question as I listen to a lot of bands and other stuff but dance music wise, for me I think it would have to come from one of my favourite artists of 2012, Detroit Swindle with their track ‘Creep’. Reason being, they have a sound which I’d describe as a forward thinking take on old-school house and I like that.
Ben: For me it has to be the majority of the material Bicep released last year. If I had to name one track it would be their remix of “Let’s Hope” by Ripperton. It just has a sense of euphoria when the piano riff comes in and always sounds like its progressing and moving forward even though there isn’t much variation in the elements. Their style is so raw but well produced at the same time and in my opinion encompasses everything that true House music is about. You can only be impressed by them and they fully deserve the success they have had so far.
3. What can we expect from Rekreation in 2013?
Hopefully some more work with Noir Music, we’re currently working on a New EP to follow the Control/ Before Me release. We’ve also just confirmed a remix for Kruse & Nuernberg’s label Save Room Records which is due out in April. Other than that we’re very much looking forward to the gigs that we have coming up over the coming months.
4. Do you have an interesting fact about yourselves?
James: On my first day of secondary school a bee stung me in the eye. Street cred ruined from the word go!
Ben: Haha, I have one of the largest, if not the largest, big toes in the world. I am a size 8 shoe but reckon I would definitely drop a couple of sizes if it was a normal size!
5. What and where is your favourite record shop?
James: Probably X-records in Bolton, just because of the nostalgic value of that dingy place! We used to get the bus after school to town and go in that shop and scan through for a couple of hours, there was definitely something about that wonderfully dull smell of old vinyl!
Ben: Yeah, I’d have to agree with that. There wasn’t a great selection of House Music, but it did give me an all the more rewarding feeling when I was able to come across a gem.
Rekreation’s EP is out now on (NM2) Noir music.