Garage used to be a dirty word. 14th frontman and woman, Tom Barber and Tracey Duodu are bringing REEM UK funky back onto the scene.
Often associated with boy racers and suped-up Nissan Micras, garage music has suffered somewhat of a dip in popularity in the past decade. Last big when Craig David was in his prime, the distinctive, syncopated 4/4 rhythm shuffles and hi-hats that defined the 90s got a bad rep and evaporated from our airwaves. Meeting at a university dance battle, Tom and Tracey are the new electronic duo who are bravely breathing fresh life back into the bass-heavy genre. Slick, sinister and genuinely nostalgic, the expert production of the smooth tunes the pair create is exciting. Composing club classics littered with R&B, D&B and dubstep references, their progressive creations are understated and sexy. Releasing their debut EP Hide Yourself in November of last year, 14th’s first single ‘Take Me There’ received a surge of support from blogs and websites. Surprised and encouraged by the exposure the tune garnered the pair have continued to operate under the radar, seeding their music selectively. Searching the internet the two seem a pretty allusive pair, but i-D online have scooped a rare session, with T’n'T singing ‘Take Me There’. Listen close.
Text: Milly McMahon
Film: Louis Hudson
Camera operators: Tobias Marshall, Alex Hudson and Ryan Warner
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