By now you should really know all about Snakehips, an electro duo from here in the UK who started off with vibey remixes. As they’ve began to gain momentum, the pair now produce more of their own material. This week, they released Money On Me, their first EP since their breakthrough single All My Friends, which featured transatlantic talent in the form of Tinashe and Chance The Rapper.
I first came across Snakehips via a remix of Bondax’s Gold, and it was a whole lot better than the original in my opinion. Their catalogue of genre-crossing electronica then began to build and build, reworking jams from the likes of Banks and The Weeknd, as well as collaborating with The Internet’s Syd and Sinead Harnett for their own material.
Snakehips’ sound was a breath of fresh air, and instantly resonated with people who celebrate the vibes of the summer. Chilled yet punchy, hypnotic yet upbeat, Snakehips carved a sound that effortlessly chimed in next to a cocktail on the beach, or round the tents at a festival. What’s known as tropical house by today’s standards can often, if not always, rub off as cheesy, with one-hit wonders such as Kungs, Klingande, Faul & Wad fitting a very clear structure when it comes to sun-kissed electronica. Snakehips took the essence of this and injected it with elements of hip-hop, house, R&B and soul.
Snakehips are really one to watch: their actual music aside, their live performances are also reason enough to keep an eye on them. I saw the duo open for Chance The Rapper last summer and their set was an effortless blend of gems old and new, from A Tribe Called Quest to Action Bronson, Kaytranada to Bondax. Snakehips’ sound is refreshing and revitalised, the duo offer so much more than a beat and a melody, and this is particularly noticeable when formulaic structure and consistency are unfortunate traits to assign to a lot of current electronic music.