NEW MUSIC: The Hics – Cold Air
by Ayian C.
There’s a huge buzz around this young six-piece London-based band. Upon hearing their tracks, it will be no surprise to see why. The Hics make, hands down, incredibly beautiful music.
Within days of posting their first song ‘Lines’ on Soundcloud, the free download capacity was maxed out, and news about this electronic soul band went viral among music heads. ‘Lines’ was immediately picked up by Gilles Peterson for his compilation Brownswood Bubblers vol. 9. The Hics were also runner-up for the Best Breakthrough Act at the Worldwide Awards, coming second to a deserving winner, Hiatus Kaiyote.
The Hics are Matt Knox (bass), Jacob Welsh (drums), Geordan Reid-Campbell (guitar/ electronics), Roxane B (vocals/guitar), Sam Paul Evans (vocals, synths, electronics) and David Turay (sax). Initially started by Matt and Jacob who studied music together at school, the band grew organically as others joined in after meeting at various jam sessions and gigs around London.
And it is this quality that stands out in their music. Their style of electronic soul is an organic, richly textured blend of effusive vocal harmonies, piercing horn lines and warm, ethereal electronics. It’s already quite obvious that we can expect big things from this group.
Now, The Hics have dropped their second single, ‘Cold Air’, and the messages of praise continue to rain hard on them. We can hopefully expect their debut EP to be released in the spring. Until then, you can listen to ‘Cold Air’ here.
The Hics’ first ever live public performance is on March 20 at Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NU.