Premiering as Radio 1’s Hottest Record In The World, HONNE have unveiled their hot new single “Gone Are The Days.” These guys continue to impress us with their brand of electro-soul, and we’re looking forward to the release of their upcoming EP Gone Are The Days (Shimokita Import) January 22 via their own label Tatemae Recordings. The latest effort from the London duo “Gone Are The Days” is an upbeat, shuffling track built around piano and of course those swooning vocals. Get hip to HONNE (if you’re not already) by streaming below.
HONNE has been on the top of the blogosphere charts for some time now, but it wasn’t until we heard “Top To Toe” that we fell head over heel. The UK duo make soulful, sensuous music along the lines of Chet Faker or SOHN. Honne is a Japanese word describing a person’s true feelings or desires, which in the culture is often contrasted with tatemae — the Japanese word for public behavior — to highlight the dichotomy between the two.
In light of this, honne (本音) seems like a worthy title for the London duo’s brand of late night, swoon-inducing electro-soul. Take a listen to “Top To Toe” off their EP Coastal Love, released this month below.