Society – 14 Hours (single) (Angular Recording Corporation)
Ooooh, the mystery!
Lifting the veil on their identity ever so slightly, Society are gearing up to release their highly-anticipated second single, “4 Hours”.
Upon the runaway success of their debut, vinyl-only debut single, “All That We’ve Become“, Society achieved major plaudits across stations like Radio 1 and 6Music from the likes of Huw Stephens and Zane Lowe, and have been championed by every from The Horrors to La Roux.
So, who or what is Society? The answer is still not clear however on the new single we’re getting closer; on “14 Hours” the song’s timeless soulful vocals come courtesy of 24-year-old London-based singer and songsmith, James Girdler. And it’s Girdler who steps into the spotlight, captured in the band’s first press shots.
Like their first single, “14 Hours” is a brilliant retro-soul number made up of vintage organs, funky bass, melodic and soulful vocals, while modernized by fat hip-hop beats. “14 Hours” is the real deal and even includes the crackle and grit heard on the old vinyl records from back in the day.
The song’s trip-hop flavours immediately call to mind Portishead however “14 hours” also shows hints of ‘Ill Manors‘-style Plan B (think “Lost My Way“), Scott Walker circa ‘Scott 3‘, and oddly enough, The Verve, particularly during the song’s bridge.
“14 Hours” will be released as a 7″ single on 9 September, 2013 via Angular Recording Corporation – the imprint who first brought you These New Puritans, Klaxons, and Bloc Party.
Listen to “14 Hours” below: