Just ahead of a landmark 50th EP release, Catz ‘N Dogz’s Pets Recordings turn to Johan Cederberg aka HNNY for a special five track release that very much invites us deep into the off kilter world of the revered Swedish producer.
Before now HNNY – preferably pronounced “honey” – has won himself many fans with curious and quirky releases on labels including Studio Barnhus, Let’s Play House and Local Talk. Producing house but with a charming sense of melody, a great ear for a sample and an irresistible sense of groove, he is a firm DJ and dancer favourite all across Europe, and for good reason.
Opening the EP is ‘Happy Happy House House’, a lazy, beachy cut awash with sun-kissed melody and trip hop grooves. Swaying gently to and fro, it’s an immediately soothing track before ‘Brasilian Sound’ is as Latin as you would expect from the title: it’s a percussive, summery, atmospheric jaunt though up-tempo and feel-good house that’s littered with distant whistles, the sound of kids playing in the park and a variety of loveable instruments. ‘Fresh Laundry’ then drops into a much slower and more purposeful groove – stoned drums and a distant bassline unfold lazily before big wind instruments begin tooting up top. It’s human, imperfect and full of keys that imbue it with the joys of spring.
On the flip, ‘Fruktstund’ is another adult lullaby with colourful, cartoony instrumentals, angular grooves and plenty of organic textures, whilst closer ‘Yogalates’ is much the same with its big xylophones, joyous piano chords, rubbery kicks and generally disarming sense of playfulness.
Spring is just round the corner but it feels so much closer with these enchanting new cuts from HNNY.