Beatroute BC on Instagram

  • BeatRoute presents Prairie Cat w Iceberg Ferg  Rec Centrehellip
  • We want to design something that actually can reflect whohellip
  • Getting the cotton candy machine warmed up for our BChellip
  • All Eyez on Me check out our review of thehellip
  • BeatRoute is proud to premiere the brand new full lengthhellip
  • Art IanWallace says keeps him awake Im getting on inhellip
  • Come join us at Tacofino Hastings tonight for New Musichellip
  • GIVEAWAY ALERT Listen up! Weve got two contests in onehellip
  • Meet June 2017s Queen Of The Month Kendall Gender Wehellip

Snakehips: Oscillate and Undulate to the Good-Ass Vibes

Wednesday 05th, April 2017 / 16:00
By Cole Parker

U.K. duo Snakehips will make you shake your groove thing.
Photo: Sony Music

CALGARY – Many electronic music acts from deadmau5 to marshmello have made masks their calling card. After failing to find fans that were willing to do their face paint on Twitter, U.K. producer duo Snakehips decided to join the ranks. It was October 31, 2014 at the Hifi Club and it was Oliver “Ollie” Lee and James Carter’s first, and to date only, performance in Alberta.

“We went in these horrible masks that we bought from this weird costume shop,” Lee recalls. Carter wore a vaguely unsettling Geisha mask; Lee opted to wear the face of a smiling grandpa.

Masks aren’t Snakehips gimmick though. It’d be hard to argue that Snakehips have anything closely resembling a gimmick at all. Their brand of boom-bap, soul, and new-era wonky influenced electropop is varied, and most importantly, fun. Lee even has a tough time nailing down what makes Snakehips so ‘Snakehips-y.’
“Everything’s always like in a different style. We never really do the same thing twice. It’s difficult for us to even say what (our sound) is.”

Whatever that sound is, it’s working. Despite their scene being oversaturated with producers, and despite the fact that they’ve never released an album, the duo is causing a rumble. Their breakout, “All My Friends” is a slightly depressive anthemic ode to wasted nights featuring the sultry singing of Tinashe alongside a nuanced, drug-themed Chance the Rapper verse.

Up until “All My Friends,” the duo’s biggest claim to fame was an official remix of a deep-cut by sultry R&B singer Banks.
“It was a pretty wild idea,” says Lee, describing the initial attempt to contact the rising star. To their surprise, that’s all it took.
“It’s still kind of crazy for us.”

From there, James and Ollie have been releasing hit single after hit single via collaborations with Tory Lanez, Anderson .Paak, and Zayn. Even their BBC Live Lounge session, a popular cover segment on the radio station, was a collaboration with Norwegian star MØ. They’ve also released a single with her dubbed “Don’t Leave” that’s currently climbing the Spotify charts.

This rapid-fire single output is par for the course with electronic artists, as hype is fleeting in our digital world. Building up enough material for an album while attaching your name to big name collaborators has kept Snakehips in the spotlight. They haven’t totally ruled out more traditional music release strategies though.
“We’re just kind of working out whether we want to do an album or whether it’s cool to just keep the music going. We’re sitting on a whole bunch of material.”

However they choose to release their music, they’re returning to Calgary soon to play it. This time, however, they’re not opening; the venue will be bigger and they won’t be wearing grandpa masks. Their goal remains the same.
“It’s just fun, good-ass vibes,” Lee boasts.
“We try and play as much cool shit as possible. It’s what we want to hear in the club.”

If you’re a fan of upbeat, punchy and diverse electronic pop, it’s probably what you’ll want to hear in the club too.

Catch Snakehips at the Palace Theatre in Calgary on April 6th

, , ,

AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE: is a member of Apple Music's Affiliate Program. This site collects commissions on purchases that our site's readers decide to make from Apple Music/iTunes affiliate embeds and hyperlinks provided in our posts.



Beatroute AB on Instagram

  • Waxahatchee at Central United  lprost sledisland sledisland2017
  • JUST ANNOUNCEDartsandcraftsBeatRoute ABQuickdraw Animation Societyandtheatrejunctionpresent a prerelease screening of realwashedoutshellip
  • Valiska at Central United  lprost sledisland sledisland2017
  • Ryan Adams at The Jubilee
  • Oh one day when youre looking back Ryan Adams athellip
  • Leather Jacuzzi at Sloth Records Digging the guitarists style hellip
  • Weyes Blood at Central United Church  Levi Manchak sledislandhellip
  • LAPS at Local 510  lprost sledisland sledisland2017
  • Wavves at The Palace Theatre last night  kerouleau sledislandhellip