This is the immediate and immersive world of Honne: a soulful electronic duo who arre in fact from Somerset and Wiltshire via Bow. Singer Andy met producer James on their first day of University, where they immediately hit it off.

Slowly they set about developing their sound and production skills, before a trip to Japan instilled the idea of Honne: a Japanese word for “True Feelings” with no Western equivalent, describing the contrast between what one really thinks, and what they project to others. It proved a perfect fit for songs which frequently address private passions, and their playing out in public.

Warm, sensual but full of groove, Honne are equally inspired by the intricate productions of Frank Ocean and the smooth R&B of Inc., as they are the more vocal-led, classic soul artists such as Bill Withers. It’s a beguiling and romantic mix, lyrically tracing the journey of two people running away together, and giving everything to one another.


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