Trends of 2010: The Rise of the Duo
by Winston "Stone" Ford
What is it about the male/female duo that produces amazing music? Is it the sexual tension? The “are they together or aren’t they?” speculation that fuels blog buzz? Or is it the fact that a lack of additional band members allows more cohesion in the studio?
The duo of Robin Hannibal and Coco took the underground by storm in 2010 with their self titled album. Robin’s outernational production and Coco’s silky soulful vocals made for a potent duo.
Compared to most artists, this update New York duo had a mostly underground year, but that dossen’t mean that they didn’t bring it music wise. Their trip-hop beats reminded me of Early 90s England, and their stellar album should not be overlooked.
This Canadian duo popped up on my radar thanks to the homies at The Maroon Cafe this year and I’m still constantly blown away by lead singer Sara Rubia’s voice. Their combination of electro, disco, soul, and house should not be missed. With songs like “Telephone,” and “Janet,” getting serious spins .