Sinden (pictured left) and Hervé AKA The Count (right) are two of the most prolific English house producers of the past half-decade, both emerging during the fidget house eruption of the mid-’00s. Teaming up in 2007, the duo has released a series of stellar, catchy dance singles leading up to the release of their debut album next month. The latest, “After Dark”, is #nowplaying on 22tracks’ disco playlist.
The first time I heard a record by Hervé was in the spring of 2006, when I bought his “What You Need the Most” EP on the Dubsided label. Fidget house was one of the most exciting new sounds around at the time, and B-side “I’m Mo Try”, a co-production by figure head Switch, was the stand-out track on that 12-inch. A couple of months later, producer Switch (using his Solid Groove alias) also introduced me to Graeme Sinden. Another a co-production, “Red Hot” was a Baltimore styled club banger released on Basement Jaxx’ Atlantic Jaxx label:
Ever since, Hervé’s and Sinden’s discography is an intertwining maze that I won’t try and entangle here. I think their first release together was “Tamborzuda” (2007), a baile funk influenced rave track featuring Brazilian MC Thiaguinho. Back then, Hervé was still known as The Count of Monte Cristal. They’ve remixed Pharoahe Monch, Alphabeat and Robbie Williams, and, in a striking move, were the first club act to sign to Domino, one of the most important indie pop labels in the UK (its roster includes Franz Ferdinand, Arctic Monkeys and Four Tet). This is The Count & Sinden‘s second release for the label, 2008′s “Beeper”, featuring US rapper Kid Sister:
“Beeper” won’t be on Mega Mega Mega, The Count & Sinden’s debut album that’s coming out 23 August. New single “After Dark” will be, and it’s a little bit different from the crunchy bleepy electro-y (is that a word?) house sound that the two are known for. It’s a tropical summer dance record with a funky guitar and a disco feel. It also features the English pop band Mystery Jets, who have just released their own, third album. Here’s their latest video, “Dreaming of Another World”:
I’m really looking forward to Mega Mega Mega (download a minimix here). After Basement Jaxx seemed to have lost their edge somewhat, this should be the bright, poppy, dynamic UK dance album to take their cue into the 2010s.