Under 1 House is the blazing new mixtape from Blue Hawaii – a six track tour-de-force showcasing the duo’s trademark blend of liquid beats, dance-floor euphoria, and soaring diva-vocals.
Under 1 House was written during Blue Hawaii’s 2019 North American and European tours, and recorded at a wood cabin in rural Québec. Finding each other trapped on different sides of the Atlantic, the record was then finished over long-distance between Montreal and Berlin due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.
This music is dedicated to the spirit of togetherness. Unity achieved through confidence, in the seductive redemption of one’s own sexuality, finding power in feelin’ one’s self. Under 1 House honours the magnetism of impulse and first takes. This flow can be found in the brooding, early Warp Records reminiscent "Where are the Keys???", the sub-heavy, lustful organ groove of “Feelin’”, the lo-fi high energy "I Felt Love" or the chanting of “I’m my own damn woman” during the screeched ending of “Not my Boss!”.
Blue Hawaii have been around for a decade, having released 3 full length albums and two EPs to date. Consisting of Ra and Ag, the duo met throwing parties and shows in Montreal and continue to create together despite living in separate cities - split between Montreal and Berlin. Under 1 House will be released September 25th 2020 on cassette and digital via their life-long home of Arbutus Records.
What a story this album is, it flows seamlessly. I love the different genre’s on this album so it makes it difficult to choose one favourite track but I’d go for Dreamcatching, as it seems a nod to the rave scene that I was very much living from the early 90s. Tokyohands
Like so many others, this came like a bolt out of the blue and, even though it's well before payday, I had to have this astonishing album on vinyl to prove it exists. The feel of the tunes makes me feel like the Impressions do, Curtis Mayfield, the big spaces and instinctive horns and stuff drifting in and out. Great grooves and I can see lots of ghosts nodding along to this with big smiles on their faces. At last! Anthony Cottrell