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Ear Studios in Austin, Texas got smooth and soulful recently, as HONNE met up with us for an exclusive, stripped down session. Armed with just a keyboard and drum machine, the electro-soul duo from London played a few of their tracks that are blowing up the Internet right now, including a couple from their upcoming debut record, Warm On A Cold Night. In between songs, the two talked to us about how they met, how their various songs came to being, and all the crazy things that come with life on the road.

HONNE's songs are already pretty honed in (pun slightly intended) on a sweet cross between pop and electronic music and vintage 70s soul and blues, but hearing their songs in a bare-bones setting showed the tunes in a different light and really showed off the pair's lyricism and arrangement skills. "3AM" and "Warm On A Cold Night" are tender soul jams driven by singer Andy's affectionate vocals, and their recent bouncy summer-ready single "Gone Are the Days" is transformed into a sultry piano ballad that will melt the hearts of listeners everywhere. You can hear the love Andy and producer James put into these songs, and you can't help but fall in love with these songs yourself. Warm On A Cold Night is out on July 22.

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We've got nowhere to go We've got time to wait
- Austin has been treating us very, very nicely.
Got a very busy schedule, like we're playing seven gigs over the time that we're here.
because a lot of the shows are 25 minutes.
It's more just the getting all the gear out really quickly and then packing it up really quickly constantly.
So that's the toughest bit.
It's in the eye of the beholder And it's you I'm looking at
Oh, your freckles paint a constellation Your whole body is a map
But I know where I'm going I have known a long, long time
And girl, you're coming with me Because tonight, girl, you're all mine
There's no point trying to hide it I will come and find it
I know it's in there somewhere Your love for me is out there
I can hear it calling Where's your sense of belonging?
We could be getting frisky, girl Till 3:00 in the morning
Something caught my attention Yeah, it's you I'm talking about
Because your eyes are like the ocean I could dive straight into that
And I'm feel like a wave passed When I'm around you
Nothing can bring me down You make me care for us
Not a thing, not one thing Can stop us now
There's no point trying to hide it I will come and find it
I know it's in there somewhere Your love for me is out there
I can hear it calling Where's your sense of belonging?
We could be getting frisky, girl Till 3:00 in the morning
Oh, baby, why'd you keep on fighting me?
You won't know what you've got until it's gone
So screw your head back on Know that you're my girl
You are my number My number one
My number one Girl, you're my number one, yeah
There's no point in trying to hide it I will come and find it
I know it's in there somewhere Your love for me is out there
I can hear it calling Where's your sense of belonging?
We could be getting frisky, girl Till 3:00 in the morning
- It's one of those ones where we wrote it and kind of rested on it for ages.
We didn't really think anything of it, and then all of a sudden we came back to it, and spruced it up.
- Yeah, and then loved it.
- Yeah.
It's one of more of our cheeky numbers in that, you know, it's about things that happen at night and... - You know what we're talking about.
Andy was the first person I met at university, and we started making music together.
Within a couple of days, we were writing electronic music.
I think we spent those next few years sort of honing, excuse the pun, our skills and, production-wise, trying to find our sound, and then eventually we came across Honne and what we thought...it was a sound that we thought was a bit special and we should pursue it.
- It was like a little bit...well, it's kind of late night music, a bit romantic.
Yeah, I think it was Warm on a Cold Night.
We wrote that and, yeah, thought this kind of summed up what we were about.
So then from there, we just tried to write loads more songs in that kind of vein, and here we are today.
Like a rabbit in headlights They're stunned by all your charm
And I feel so damn lucky To have you on my arm
Oh, and I can't help but wonder Just how we ended up all right
Oh, and I love you like no other Yeah, this has never felt so right
Oh, you can keep me warm on a cold night Warm on a cold, cold night
Yeah, you can keep me warm on a cold night, warm on a cold, cold night
I want to treat you something special Give you what you deserve
I want to take you to paradise In a 1950s Merc
Oh, and I can't help but wonder Just how we ended up all right
No, and I love you like no other Yeah, this has never felt so right
Oh, you can keep me warm on a cold night Warm on a cold, cold night
Yeah, you can keep me warm on a cold night, warm on a cold, cold night
There's just one thing Girl, you could have anyone
So why are you choosing me And not leaving me on my own?
Girl, you could be with anyone So thanks for making me your number one
You can keep me warm on a cold night Warm on a cold, cold night
Yeah, you can keep me warm on a cold night, warm on a cold, cold night
Yeah, wrap me up and keep me warm on a cold night
Warm on a cold, cold night Oh, yeah, you can keep me warm
On a cold night Warm on a cold, cold night
teachers, too? - Speak at the same time and the same words.
Yeah, not strictly music teachers.
I was a guitar teacher in a few different schools, and at the same school as Andy, and Andy was like a music technician.
Yeah.
We'd spent that time working out what we liked.
And so when we were putting the sounds together, we were like, "All right, I really like that keyboard sound.
Let's have that as an element of our music, and I really like 808 drum machines.
Let's have that as playing a big part in our music.
Like Quincy Jones production, we like that.
Let's try and see if we can use elements of that kind of thing.
" I do feel like, very fortunately, that we've come up with something that does sound really unique.
People never really know exactly... I think a lot of bands, people go, "Oh, it's just like this band, or it's just like that band," but I feel like it's quite hard to pinpoint us.
- I think, yeah, we tried to like pair electronic sounds with kind of the more traditional songwriting style.
- Yeah.
- We always wanted to write songs that have like a story and take people on a journey, and I think sometimes, even though we love electronic music, sometimes it can just get a little bit lost.
- I think someone described it like this, and I really like this, they said we're sort of like Bill Withers with a laptop.
And the last track was Gone Are the Days.
That's our most recent single.
We wrote that quite recently as well, and it's maybe more...it was during the time where we stopped teaching and we started writing during the daytime.
I think it was a bit like a summer's day or something.
- Yeah.
- And that's why maybe it's got that more summery kind of feel to it.
Where we're going You won't need him
No looking back from here on in Let's move you on to better things
Because you deserve more than you think Forget everything you're told
There's greener grass and denser gold And maybe I should bite my tongue
Oh, but I can't seem to fight it Gone are the days you're used to
Say goodbye to the man who used you And if you've never felt
This way before I'll show you, girl
What you've been waiting for I can free your mind
Help you lose control Because now's the time
To show you, girl You'll come out the other side
And you'll hold your head up high If he could only see you now
Oh, he'd see how far you passed him Gone are the days you're used to
Say goodbye to the man who used you And if you've never felt
This way before I'll show you, girl
What you've been waiting for I can free your mind
Help you lose control Because now's the time
To show you, girl Gone are the days you're used to
Say goodbye to the man who used you I'll treat you the best to soothe you
Oh, and anything less just won't do And if you've never felt
This way before I'll show you, girl
What you've been waiting for I can free your mind
Help you lose control Because now's the time
To show you, girl Because now's the time
To show you, girl

Artist Bio

HONNE are a British Electronic-Soul duo formed in 2014 in Bow, London, consisting of James (Producer) and Andy (Singer/Producer) who both write, record and produce the music.[1] The band released their first two EPs, 'Warm On A Cold Night and 'All In The Value, on Super Recordings in 2014. In 2015 they released their third EP, 'Coastal Love, on their own imprint Tatemae Recordings

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