Who run the world? Er, GIRLS dummy! In The Whatever The Weather Issue, i-D’s Music Editor Hattie Collins rounds-up some of finest British femmes in the music industry right now. Abi Browning and Lucy Duffield are War of Words!
If only Abi Browning and Lucy Duffield could have found a third member, we’d be writing about their amazing Motown sound right now. As it turns out, they couldn’t, so instead, two years ago, bored of singing the same two Supreme-esque songs they had a rethink and met in the middle – the 90s. “We’ve both got different tastes but the one thing we have in common was a love of 90s dance and pop,” says Lucy. Courting the attention of the one from La Roux that doesn’t have a huge quiff (Ben), the two have been beavering away in the studio with Ben, conjuring up amazing dance tracks like Battlefield and Panic, the latter of which comes courtesy of a very nice remix from the one in La Roux that does have a huge quiff (Elly). Named after a line in Battleground, the Devon (Abi) and Essex (Lucy) born 23-year-olds who count Janis Joplin, P!nk, Mary J Blige and En Vogue as influences are determined to rep for an ethos not often heard on radio these days. “We need something different to listen to and I think people are ready for that. We’re not put together, it’s not forced,” insists Abi. “We co-write everything so it means something to us. We’re real girls doing real music.”
From left. Abi wears sweater Lacoste. Jacket Abi’s own. Lucy wears jacket Topshop. T-shirt The Kooples. Shorts Pepe.