Not many producers can lay claim to having The RZA as one of their fans but for Snakehips it all comes in their stride. The South London based DJ and production duo, have not only got the RZA as an admirer but Jack Garratt & Odessa have also given their co-sign.
While they’ve had their hands on more than a many notable remixes, Snakehips have also ventured into releasing their own material with their Forever Part.II EP and now their most recent single ‘All My Friends’ ft Tinashe and Chance The Rapper.
Clocking over 3 million plays in just over a week on Spotify, and over a million on SoundCloud, ‘All My Friends’ has now got its own visual treatment featuring Tinasha herself looking broody in a video, singing about the other side of a lonely Friday night in the club – “All my friends are wasted, And I hate this club, Man I drink too much, Another Friday night I wasted.”
The video for ‘All My Friends’ was shot in L.A by Mister Whitmore and even though Chance The Rapper doesn’t make an appearance, his verse works just as poignantly as the backdrop to the one-shot sweep of the queues outside the club as a wasted one stumbles along the street.
Snakehips have already worked with Leon Babe, Sinead Harnett, Sasha Keable, Kayleem Taylor and remixed for Banks, Kaytranada, Disclosure, Flight Facilities, Raury, but it doesn’t stop there, their Forever Part.II E.P also enlists the vocal talents of Londoner Kaleem Taylor, The Internet’s Syd, singer-songwriter Sasha Keable and Daniella T.A.O.L.
Unlike the recent slippery slope of the 90’s that Vince Staples slid along, Snakehips are unapologetically into the golden era – “We love the vibe of 90s music – Hi-Tek, Pete Rock, that golden era of R&B with singers like Aaliyah and SWV,” says James. “We’re suckers for anything with cool soul samples and old drum beats. But we’re also influenced by living in London. We borrow from the past to make music for the future.”
Bringing in the future from the past, Snakehips are heading further forward with a Mobo nomination already nailed as Best Newcomers and a new album in the works. The 25 year old duo – Oliver Lee and James Carter will be ones to watch in 2016, in the meantime watch their new video above.