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As the lines between cool underground electronic music and savvy, accessible pop continue to blur, a trio from Southern California arrive to strike while the iron’s hot and show the world the slick, engrossing electro pop that they’ve been honing over the last few years.
Human Life are made up of veteran house music producers and musicians Joshua Collins (with more than 100 vinyl releases including Urbantorque and NRK), Matt Wasley (a producer of solo work for the likes of Bedrock, Nettwerk and of several rock bands) and Rachael Starr (who’s chart topping singles have been released on high profile labels such as Ultra, Azuli, BMI ) and cut a fine life in cool, catchy, potent electro with pop vocals and strong song writing. Citing influences including classic French and Chicago house and pop music as diverse as Genesis, Toto and Depeche Mode along with Prince and Happy Mondays, theirs is a sound which combines the best of the underground and the overground without contriteness or awkwardness – and it’s one that’s already been catching the attention of French legend Alan Braxe and Radio 1’s Jaymo.
Josh and Matt were introduced at a mutual friend’s birthday party (a certain Swedish tech house producer), and quickly established that they were both interested in making music that was detached from the usual megaclub styles. Studio sessions swiftly followed, and when Rachael heard the first results, she knew she could add another dimension to this exciting new project with her multitude of experience as a vocalist, producer and DJ.
“I would describe it as French Touch influenced Electro-Pop,” says Matt, “but some of the other labels people have used are Dreamwave, Nu-Disco or Indie-Dance. Really it’s all about combining melodic music with dance oriented elements.” Originally from Boston, Orange County and Chicago respectively, Matt, Rachael and Josh all now live in Southern California, with LA nightlife providing another strand of influence in their dynamic sound.
The Human Life live show experience combines Matt and Rachael’s vocals with live synths, bass and guitar, aiming to provide something more than the usual nightclub experience. “We put a ton of work into the performance to make sure it’s really something different than you’ll see on an average club night” says Matt. “It’s always interesting because it turns out to be very different than what people are expecting to see that night!” Their DJ sets show off their range of influences, from slow disco grooves to aggressive, thumping house music, electro coolness and all in-between – as Matt explains “when we DJ we try to share a little bit of what Los Angeles sounds like to us”.
With a hot DJ mix circulating across the blogs right now and EPs coming out on their hero Alan Braxe’s acclaimed Vulture label and Boxon in 2010, as well as their debut release ‘In It Together’ on their very own ? label, Human Life look set to become one of the first must-have acts of the new decade. SoCal electro pop never tasted so good…
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