Between techno, garage, jungle and breakbeat
If there’s one constant that runs through UK and UK-inspired electronic music, it’s a gentle streak of melancholy. It’s not sadness per se, but more a sense of instant nostalgia during a moment of euphoria: the sense that the present, however joyful, is always fleeting and ephemeral. As Overmono, brothers Tom (Truss, MPIA3, Blacknecks) and Ed (Tessela) Russell have mastered the art of capturing and sustaining those moments of uneasy tension between joy and contemplation, moving beyond their roots in techno and working in influences from UK garage and 2-step, as well as jungle and classic 90s breakbeat. Throughout 2020 and 2021 they’ve released a series of EPs on original UK rave label XL Recordings and their own Poly Kicks imprint, refining their vision of the hands-in-the-air emotional banger, each release injected with a crucial dose of soul, a beating heart inside the brushed chrome exterior. It goes without saying that we can’t wait to experience their new live set at Sónar 2022.