“We borrow from the past to make music for the future,” says James Carter, of the ever-rising musical duo, Snakehips. Drawing inspiration mainly from 90s hip-hop and R&B, the result is an undeniably individual sound. Diverting from the traditional model of remixes with a predictable build up and drop, Snakehips composes new songs from the old, much like how they reinvent old school music. Their infectious tracks have been stirring up the Twitter waves, with their songs reaching over one million plays.
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James Carter met his partner in crime, Oliver Lee, while on a flight from Hong Kong to Los Angeles. Upon returning to their home of London, they began synthesizing their ideas and dropped their first remix, of Chicago’s Wild Belle’s “It’s Too Late”. Their initial breakthrough came from their remix of Banks’ “Warm Water”. Using only original vocals thus far for their remixes, they caught the attention of The Weeknd and were asked to remix “Wanderlust”. Since then, they have amassed an impressive list of collaborators and supporters including Raury, Bondax, Flight Facilities, Sinead Harnett and Major Lazer, to name a few. Most notable and recent is their collaboration with Tinashe and Chance the Rapper on “All My Friends”. Tinashe’s smooth R&B vocals paired with Chance’s fire rhymes overlaid on the duo’s addictive beats stamps out their groundbreaking new genre. With a few original tracks on their hands, they are currently working on their debut album while also on their debut tour.