Milky Chance

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Milky Chance’s bright, breezy acoustic pop comes dipped in liquid synths, evoking a laidback life one would imagine far away from the duo’s central Germany hometown of Kassel. But zoom in a little closer and you’ll hear vocalist Clemens Rehbein giving us the straight dope as he ruminates on the frustrating cycles between love and loneliness. Before establishing themselves as Milky Chance in 2012, Rehbein and high school buddy and multi-instrumentalist Philipp Dausch played in a jazz quintet. After that ensemble disbanded, the two stuck together and began drawing from the sounds of childhood favorites like Bob Marley and Jack Johnson to create the minimalist, beat-driven melodies of tracks like “Flashed Junk Mind” and breakout single “Stolen Dance,” both highlights from their 2013 debut album, Sadnecessary. Even as they’ve expanded on their sound since—incorporating the infectious rhythms of Afropop and Latin dance music on 2017’s Blossom and 2019’s Mind the Moon—there remains a folk-like simplicity to their work. Sticky acoustic riffs always serve as the hooks that punchy, reggae-tinged (and sometimes hip-hop-leaning) grooves can grab onto with ease. They continue to plumb sounds from distant lands, weaving in Portugal’s fado and collaborating with South African legends Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Australian musician Tash Sultana, and one of their biggest influences, Johnson, who joins them on 2020’s sprightly “Don’t Let Me Down.”

Kassel, Germany

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