Honne: Love Me/Love Me Not review – cool robot soul


Honne’s second album opens like a thriller. On I Might, singer Andy Clutterbuck imagines faking his own death to live in Tokyo, no boss, “no nothing” – just a little jazzy noir percussion, like the jingling of a pocketful of yen. He wants to “erase the things [he] did” and begs his lover to come along.

The rest of this sleek, emotive album doesn’t quite live up to the implied drama. But this up-and-coming east London-based duo conjure up a compelling emotional landscape of cool robot soul, sprinkling sophisticated umami flavours over familiar pop tropes.

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