Tender Games is the brand new project between BBC Radio 1 Future Star Marlon Hoffstadt and HRRSN, head of the Berlin-based Well Done! imprint. Both established producers in their own right, they’ve shifted their sonic-palette away from house-based sounds to create the ‘Tender Games’ LP.
Oozing with rich harmonies and warm grooves, the Tender Games sound is much more indebted to the UK club scene than to the darker, heavier timbres their hometown Berlin is associated with. The duo’s disparate influences have come together to create a distinctive new sound; the 20 year-old Hoffstadt’s house leanings are prominent, whilst HRRSN has drawn from garage, blues and even folk. The album came together over the space of a year or so in the enviably decked-out studio of fellow Suolmates Chopstick & Johnjon, featuring a wealth of guest vocalists and live instrumentation courtesy of HRRSN.
Want It All‘s bumping house beat takes things out of the lounge and firmly into dancefloor territory, with New Jersey chord stabs and swung garage drums. The sentiment of the track is overall poppy, yet it is undeniably enchanting. Listen to the exclusive full track below.
Tender Games LP is out in August on Suol Records.