Snakehips @ the Warfield

(Senny Mau)

If you’re a fan of the wildly popular Tinashe- and Chance the Rapper-featured song, “All My Friends,” you can thank luck and a chance encounter on a plane because that’s how the British duo who made the track formed. Consisting of Oliver Lee and James Carter, the pair had originally crossed paths while working on separate projects at the same sake bar, Sake Bar Ginn, in Hong Kong in the summer of 2012. They got to talking, realized they had similar music tastes, and decided to meet up and chat some more after both their trips were over. Both of them, however, forgot to do so, and if it weren’t for the fateful plane ride back to London that they each happened to be on, who knows if Snakehips would have ever come to exist. Though you could categorize them as U.K. house, what differentiates Snakehips from the dozens of other electronic producers out there is their willingness to bend genre boundaries and collaborate with some oddball artists. Take “Money on Me,” for example, the duo’s effervescent and slightly R&B-tinged track that features vocals from Anderson .Paak. Or “Dimelo,” a zippy, synth-driven number anchored by singer-rapper Tory Lanez. It’s clear that Snakehips want to do more than just make house music, and it’ll be exciting to see what they concoct next.

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