Tip of The Week: Van Guard - Loving Someone Else
VanGuard can mean many things. A ship, an artificial satelite, a public school in Ocala, Florida, an alien superhero, an 1843 Grand National winner, a software synthesizer, a 1981 shooter video game, a fictional mutant Russian character...
However, there is only one VanGuard going on the Radio 1 playlist this week, and that's the VanGuard that is James Thomas and Tom Morgan from West Wales. You only have to skip through their selection of their tracks and remixes to see that these boys are here to get the party started, with uplifting disco and house infused beats that conjour up images of multi-coloured light up dancefloors, white flair jumpsuits and hairy chests.
This week's tip, Loving Someone Else, is a classic example of their sound, and they've even decided to create their own genre 'welsh house' to accomodate the track. I was surprised to find "there aren't any hot 'welsh house' tracks at the moment" on Soundcloud, but who knows, maybe welsh house is sweeping through the New York undergorund as we speak.
With the likes of Daft Punk, Justice, SebastiAn, and Mr Oizo on their 'artists we like' list, you can assume that a) they're into French music and b) you're in for a bit of a dance when you see them play. In fact, you can see them play! Here they are performing a funky little set at Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, as part of Radio 1's United Nations event in October 2010.