Fresh: Understate – Hold Me Down
Hailing from the South and now based in Leeds, Dan Franks and Charlie Kirkland make up upcoming house and techno duo Understate.
Starting out in 2014 the pair released their debut track ‘Let It Go’ featuring emerging UK-based singer/songwriter Gaby Henshaw. Quickly picking up label interest the track was snapped up and signed to Armada Music’s imprint Armada Deep. Since then they have gone onto to release music for some of the most credible labels such as Fat! Records, 808 Records, Concordia Recordings, Blanc and Alleged.
Having created a buzz in the electronic music scene over the past few years, the duo have recently gained support from BBC Radio 1 and BBC Introducing after they were handpicked by DJ Monki to support her on her ‘Monki & Friends’ tour. From then they’ve received further BBC Radio 1 airplay and interviews with some of their latest singles including club banger ‘Night Owl’.
Their latest release ‘Hold Me Down’ is a weighty club banger with dark vocals cuts, super tight percussion and a thundering bassline. For the flip, they’ve got the all-around Leeds package with Linier on the remix duties, who delivers a stunningly executed, they deliver a groovier cut featuring drums cutting through like a knife and excellent intricate melodies.