It’s been four years since Raphaelle ‘Ra’ Standell and Alexander ‘Agor’ Kerby last released an album under the name Blue Hawaii but now, after rekindling their musical relationship in 2016, they’re set to return with new album ‘Tenderness’ in October. Whereas their previous effort ‘Untogether’ was characterised by fairly ambient electronica and tricky beats though, this time round the pair have been inspired by not only the need for a little more tenderness in society in general, but by 90s dance and deep disco cuts.
As such, lead single ‘No One Like You’, which features some string arrangements from none other than Owen Pallett, is a cosmic dive into a pretty new realm for the pair. It’s bigger and brighter than anything they’ve released in the past, Ra’s voice shimmering against a backdrop of vibrant synths layered in echo and reverb, the accompanying beats providing something of a contemporary twist on garage classics. All of this means that ‘No One Like You’ exudes the kind of warmth that was sometimes missing from their icy debut. They’ve tried a little tenderness, and it’s paid off with this disco belter.