Who? JOYYA are writer/producers Ben Dancer and David Pullen.
What? Stereoscopic synth-pop.
From where? London, via Wylam, Northumberland.
What’s the story? Ben and David have past form in harmonious pop-rockers Vinyl Jacket, a quintet which emerged around 2010 and caught the ear of BBC DJs Huw Stephens and Chris Moyles.
Now operating as a two-piece, Ben and David have built themselves an arsenal of panoramic pop that blends late-night songcraft with studio sorcery. It’s a gravity-defying sound that suspends multi-layered melodies above clicks, blips and smooth synths.
Through their recent tracks Seven and Red Tune (featuring The 1975’s John Waugh on sax) they’ve found a sweet spot that sits somewhere between clinical precision and bruised romanticism. It’s a formula that’s already whetting the appetite of tastemakers up and down the country, with BBC Introducing (Newcastle), BBC Radio 6Music, DIY magazine and Record of the Day among those pledging early support.
The lads are now beavering away on their debut EP, expected to land this autumn. Can’t wait that long? Catch JOYYA live at The Finsbury, London, on 15 September. It’s free entry, so be sure to get along early.
Sounds like? JOYYA by name, JOYYA by nature.
Must hear? Red Tune –