Bent - FABRICLIVE 11 Digital
Who make David Essex appear cool, confuse pedestrians in Shoreditch with a fake doctors' surgery, take a M*A*S*H-style field hospital to festivals and still find time to make blissful mid-beat music? This is the weird, wired world of Simon Mills and Nail Tolliday. Nail's background in music stretches back a decade and includes stints in record shops and productions on DIY, Warp and Classic. Simon originally aimed for a career in design whilst producing sample-friendly loops for music libraries. The two synth enthusiasts united in their love of bad records (they have more Mantovani records than your dad, trust us) and a desire to make approachable, happy dance music. Their sublime debut album 'Programmed To Love' was released in '00 and its follow-up, 'The Everlasting Blink', was released in March of this year. Bent have toured the UK as DJs and with a full live band.
"We aimed to give the mix an uplifting, optimistic, positive and, at times, cheeky quality to it... something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue." Bent
Get Bent in true lazy and laid back Friday night form. Languid, soulful and a little bit naughty: this is them at their fun-fuelled best. From their ambient synth intro, to the closing strains of 'Dancin' In The Key Of Life', Bent are playful and intuitive. There's classic NYC house from Morgan Geist, with and without Metro Area partner Darshan Jesrani, Whodini inviting you to play with 'Magic's Wand' to a killer hip house groove, and Tim 'Love' Lee pleading us to 'Touch It'. Fila Brizillia wig-out on 'New Canonball', Mr Scruff' cuts a quirky 'Shrimp', and Bent's own special brand of 'Magic Love' features prominently. There seems to be something personal about them, whatever you ask is never too much and they keep their promises. We can't speak too highly of them"