Artist Profile: Dance Music Gains Heart with Years and Years

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The year was 2010, and a young bassist named Mikey Goldsworthy had just moved to London all the way from his native home, Australia. He was in need of some bandmates, and after finding synth-player Emre Turkmen online, the band was missing the one piece that would bring it all together: a voice. Mikey was at his friend's apartment in London when he heard that missing piece singing what was most likely "Killing Me Softly" by the Fugees in the shower. Olly Alexander (You may know him from Skins or Enter the Void) had been friends with Mikey for some time, but when he heard Olly's soulful voice seeping out of the shower that day, Mikey knew Olly was the right man for the job.

From that point on, the band has grown musically and exploded into the soulful, deep house music masters they are today. Technically, Years & Years makes deep house/electronic music, but if asked to try and describe their sound, the description I'd muster would be "sort of like the music that'd result if Sam Smith and Duke Dumont had a baby." They have the soulful voice and crooning choruses of Sam Smith combined with the infectious dancing beats of traditional deep house, and the end result is one that you cannot help but boogie to. Influenced by 90's R&B, Flying Lotus, and Diplo, their songs constantly have a dance floor feel, yet still manage to be lyrically interesting and full of soul.

Their most popular song to date, "Real" packs a punch from the first beat with a bass that gets your head bouncing and feet tapping. As soon as Olly's sultry vocals begin to accompany the beat a few measures later, the song leads into a jamming chorus with an accompaniment of synths and percussion that make it impossible to not shake a tail feather. The remarkable feat here is that the song progresses without becoming the annoying, headache inducing monster we all know house music can become if unchecked. This is the formula that makes Years & Years such a great group to jam out to, and it's the reason we all should be keeping a very close eye on their new music in the coming months. You can find some of their best songs like "Real", "Eyes Shut" and "Traps" on their Spotify page, and for all of their other music like my personal favorite "Desire," head over to their soundcloud page and jam out.

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Ian Patterson