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7.28.2009

Trend Spot: Beauty & The Beast

The male/female duo is not a new concept in the music industry. We could look back at great duos like Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Ashford & Simpson, Sonny & Cher, even Ike & Tina Turner. Recently, I have come across a new breed of duos, in what I categorize as Beauty & The Beast. A duo with a beautiful female vocalist as the face and a beastly, killer producer in the background, yet still by her side. The three examples I have below also happen to be R&B/electronic/punk rock duos, blending genres together to create their unique sounds.

J*Davey


Los Angeles based band J*Davey is comprised of model-esque singer Jack Davey (born Brianna Cartwright) and producer Brook D'Leau. Jack's husky voice melds with D'Leau's electro-funk sound with ease as heard on their two EPs Land of the Lost and The Beauty in Distortion, which they released independently as a double LP in 2008. After a successful tour stint, the group signed to major label Warner Bros.



He Say, She Say


Repping Chicago, 1st & 15th signees Drea Smith and Million $ Mano make up punk/electro duo He Say, She Say. The pair is very edgy from Drea's provocative, in your face lyrics to Mano's electric synth laced production. Only three songs are currently floating around the web since 2007, Akward, Crash Dummie and Modesty is Key, but they are currently working on their debut album. From the video below you can tell they're a fun pair.

M64

The galactic pair of Ragen Fykes and producer/DJ/MC Ohmega Watts creates M64, a name inspired by the Black Eye Galaxy for how two galaxies combined to make one collaborative effort. They are in the beginning stages of recording and pull from a more soulful inspiration than J*Davey or He Say, She Say. I featured the Caribbean flavored Rhythm of the Drums in my playlist last week. I'm definitely feeling the direction their going in.


-S.

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