Track Of The Day: Double Helix – ‘Doppelgänger’

A pulsing, urgent mix of hypnotic beats, impulsive synth textures and elusive vocals, London-based duo Double Helix have shared their latest single ‘Doppelgänger’. Shared as part of Human Endeavour’s debut compilation EP, Trains Of Thought, which is due for release on 21st June, the track is an energetic blur of 90s-style acid electronica that smoulders with euphoric energy.

Formed of Patrick Smith (synths, programming, vocals), Kim Engelhardt (bass) and accompanied by a session drummer for their live shows, Double Helix have cut their teeth on London’s underground gig circuit over the past few years where they have developed a loyal following. Their eclectic live shows fuse together the sounds and aesthetics of 90s rave subculture and often include footage and visuals shot by the band themselves. Inspired by the Prodigy, Leftfield, Nine Inch Nails and Boy Harsher, Double Helix offer listeners a sonic escape with their immersive electronic sounds, with their latest single ‘Doppelgänger’ delivering just that.

The new track has been released via Human Endeavour, a sub label of Ransom Note curated and led by Rosie Ama Cain (Kiara Scuro). The label aims to provide “space for artists who are exploring the dark, deep and hypnotic corners of the musical spectrum,” a space where Double Helix’s eclectic electronic sounds look set to thrive. Accompanied by a striking new video shot & edited by the band, the visuals for ‘Doppelgänger’ feature dancer and performance artist Giorgia Pirozzi, who manipulates and shifts her body along to Double Helix’s frenzied and infectious sounds.

Watch the accompanying video for ‘Doppelgänger’ below.

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Kate Crudgington
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Track Of The Day: Double Helix – ‘Rat Rave’

A euphoric combination of jagged electronics and pulsating beats, London duo Double Helix have shared their debut single ‘Rat Rave’. Self-produced by the band and released via Slow Dance Records, the track is an intoxicating blend of driving rhythms and erratic synths that form a backdrop for uninhibited pleasure, propelled by the lyrical mantra of “Pain, Figure, Pressure, Obey.”

Formed of Patrick Smith (synths, programming, vocals), Kim Engelhardt (bass) and live drummer James Allix (Tigercub), Double Helix cut their teeth on London’s underground gig circuit where they developed a loyal following. Their eclectic live shows fuse together the sounds and aesthetics of 90s rave subculture and manic punk energy and often include footage and visuals shot by the band themselves. Inspired by Prodigy, Leftfield, Nine Inch Nails and Boy Harsher, Double Helix offer listeners a sonic escape with their unconventional sounds, with debut single ‘Rat Rave’ providing just that.

Accompanied by a striking video, shot and directed by Smith, the band explain the context of the track and visuals further: “We wanted to create this inverted, surreal world where the juxtaposition of pain and euphoria are represented by shifts in colour. The girl in the video is an artist we know who has a hidden disability and crafts these resin sculptures from packaging of pain medication she takes. She is also a badass party goer despite this, which inspired us to feature her along with the sculptures and create this solitary, stylised day in the life of our friend.”

Watch the video for ‘Rat Rave’ below.

Double Helix play Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes in Shoreditch on 3rd February.
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Kate Crudgington
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