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Be Strong by The 2 Bears
Released: Jan 2012
Label: DFA
That Hot Chip's Joe Goddard and Greco-Roman's Raf Rundell are two burly, bearded dudes goes without saying, given the name of their duo. That they love dance music the way a five-year-old loves her teddy bear is obvious from the innocent, freewheeling charm of their debut LP. Over a rhythmic foundation of jacking house and U.K. garage, they bust out every trick in the house-party playbook, from pumping rave pianos to spoken-word encomia to the house heroes of yore, plus Caribbean and country detours. They may take the club seriously, but never themselves.
Philip Sherburne