Django Django: Eclectic, Reinhardtfree art rock from Scotland
Time for some art – and Django Django sure are packing a lot of that. The four Django-ers first met at art school in Edinburgh in the early part of this decade.
Post-college, a few of them set up the Embassy gallery in the city, where they could showcase their wares and the work of associates.
And now comes a limited-edition, highly collectable debut single, released on buzzy Scottish artist and film-maker Luke Fowler’s “art music” Shadazz label.
The music, too, is as art-school as indie-pop gets in this day and age. You’ll hear traces of dub, rockabilly, prog-rock and acid house in the imaginative Django Django tunes which have slipped into the wild to date. At times, they sound like Hot Chip with an Orange Juice fascination – and at other times, it’s like Arthur Russell and Bo Diddley jamming with A Certain Ratio. All angles are covered with great aplomb.
Now based in Dalston in London, the four have dabbled in various musical pursuits since their college days. Dave Maclean found himself drawn to acid house and reggae, while Vincent Neff was the one who got his kicks from making weird music.
By the time the four came together and started writing tunes, a dastardly soundclash was very much on the cards. You can also hear this breadth of sounds in the various remixes and mix-tapes bearing their name which are doing the rounds online.
It will be interesting to see where Django Django go from here now that people are beginning to realise that they’re not a mutant Django Reinhardt tribute. Regardless of what happens, the DIY skills which have already produced Storm and Zummzumm are sure to keep them in clover.