Sharing its name with the EP title, ‘My Friends’ is another quality release, oozing freshness in its modern stutter house production with inspirations of the classic French house scene.
When long-time friends Tobtok and farfetch’d sat down to write the six-track EP – due for release on Perfect Havoc in September – the only plan was to make music that they liked.
From the experimental ‘I Like When You’ that packs in breaks, glitch house and 90s piano raveto the high-energy stutter house track ‘So Good’, the EP has already proven to be a diverse and exciting body of work that goes all out with technique, micro sampling and vocals manipulation.
With supporters in Auntie Flo and Sam Divine to being on seriously heavy rotation on KISS Dance, this fresh new project is already having the desired impact.
Tobtok has always worked in his own lane, from his early nu disco signings to highly respected French label Kitsuné – who released his only EP to date, ‘Savanna’ – to his more dancefloor-geared signings to Selected as heard on ‘My Carousel’. There have been plenty of nods to the Swede’s talents over the years, from specialist spins from Pete Tong and Zane Lowe, to being asked to curate Toolroom’s Miami Poolside compilation.
Although still early on in their career farfetch’d aka Jerry Sjödin and Johnny Bergström have been making waves of their own. Taking influence from old-time childhood heroes and fusing the feelings of the past with those of today, their music spans genres and is always drenched in love and happiness. Just check out their releases on Spinnin’, Axtone and Soave for evidence.
With a vast catalogue of work that precedes them – including collabs on Selected and Perfect Havoc – it’s important to remove all preconceptions of what you think you know about Tobtok and farfetch’d when tucking into the new EP. Forget their platinum-selling records, streaming numbers and chart positions and just listen to the result of when they start producing for the pure fun of it.
Speaking about how the latest single ‘My Friends’ came together, Tobtok explained,
“It started out with an obscure rap sample that said, “my friends”, which gave me French house vibes like the Justice vs. Simian track ‘We are your friends’. We played around with the vocal and used a Mellotron String – a tape replay keyboard – for the chorus. It needed more vocals, so Jerry sang on it – the first track he’s ever sang on. While we wanted to keep the track clean, we also wanted to avoid it being repetitive, so we introduced the phone call section in the middle, which has classic nu disco vibes.”
With each new release from the My Friends EP, Tobtok & farfetch’d continue to show that they’re on the most creative and accomplished streak of their careers so far.
‘My Friends’ by Tobtok & farfetch’d is out now via Perfect Havoc. Stream / buy here https://perfecthavoc.lnk.to/MyFriends