Meet RETRO KID, brand new electronic pop act, coming from Copenhagen! 🇩🇰
For fans of Jamie XX, Fever Ray, Mount Kimbie and the like, Retro Kid are a brand new electronic pop act from Copenhagen, who bleed a little soul from the pulse of the dancefloor – it’s a melancholy funk.
The band is led by Jake Juba on 909 production duties, with a live drummer, plus male and female vocals snaking their lips around the beats. The project was inspired by a bar in Copenhagen, Holberg No. 19, and its regulars the Holberg Crew – a bunch of elder statesmen of Copenhagen’s club scene tipping a nostalgic cap to younger hedonists.
Electronic pop in a melancholy funk…
There is a bar in Copenhagen called Holberg No. 19. The barman is an Englishman called Jake Juba.
His regulars are the ‘Holberg Crew’ – a bunch of successful mid-life cool cats, who make the Copenhagen cool kids look timid. There is no fixed age to the crew. But they have lived. Jake sees them as ‘Retro kids’ – re-living their earlier years, and still setting the bar to which younger upstarts can only stretch.
…Which is how Retro Kid came to be. 😍
Retro Kid offer electronic grooves, but with a melancholy twist to their innate funk. A 909 drum machine provides the bang, leading a wave of sounds. An analogue kit provides the funk. And the vocals drift soulfully on top. The band couple hooks with a restless hit.
Jake is the kid. He is a beat machine; always looking for a bigger boom. Which is why he often makes trips to Helsinki, to indulge in the infamous techno scene there. Jake operates a factory of sounds with a bunch of downright Dane’s and a 909. 🎚
Back in his teenage days, Jake founded and chugged along to York band Paris Commune, who were featured on Steve Lamacq’s BBC R1 show ’New Music we can trust’. Shortly after, the band morphed into Dorade & Balite with numerous plays on 6 Music. A few years later, he formed half of Hunt In Pairs. An ambient, electronic project, Hunt received a lot of praise on international blogs for the singles ‘Slow Dance’ and ‘Prayers’.
Jake then went to Film School in Edinburgh to study Directing, but continued to produce music in his spare time. Now he is pausing the film career to focus on Retro Kid.
On drums, Frederick is a beat wizard. He plays drums for 80.5% of small bands in Denmark from electronic, jazz thru to funk. He needs no click track. He is always looking to take Jake’s electronics head on. 🛢
He resides in an underground bunker in Copenhagen listening to Japanese folk music. People say he plays like a dog sticking its head out of the window of a fast car. Jake takes Fred on with extreme delays and chaotic pulses. Fred usually wins.
Christian Christian bursts at the seams with hazy vocals. They distort with power. He provides a lyrical hygge that melts in your mouth. He played in a few punk bands in the past. Now he is rocking electro. 🎤🎤🎤
Finally, there’s a vocal powerhouse in Christiane. She loves to get out the deep voice on rare occasions. Bringing a bit of glam to the band, she is desperate to find matching outfits for the boys. With a soft spot for Smokey Robinson and an ear for soul music, she keeps Retro Kid in touch with the past.
So back at Holberg No. 19, Jake blasts out his demos and receives wise critique from the Holberg Crew. They dig. The band takes it from there.
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