Honne (本音) is Japanese for “true feelings.” It’s also the moniker for British electro-soul duo, James and Andy.
Newcomers to the electronic scene (their first EP was released in 2014) Honne have made quick work, locking in Super Recordings – the same label that launched heavyweights Bondax and AlunaGeorge.
Honne describes their own sound:
“Three points: warm and sensual, late night vibes, serious babymaking sounds.”
And although some of their tracks may reach a Frank Ocean’ish sensuality, it’s their cover of Darondo’s “Didnt I” that’s been on repeat for weeks. It’s a mournful track, relishing in its own anguish – didn’t I do everything to make you stay?
But despite the notes of despair, “Didn’t I” feels comforting – fulfilling. Honne bares it all, holds nothing back and brings us something intuitively fresh.