Hadouken! emerged from the Leeds music scene with a nifty line in baseball caps and a love of grime music. Underground rap centred on London, the inward looking grime scene didn’t take too kindly to the concept of ‘grindie’.
Mixing grime with indie, Hadouken! instantly became one of the most controversial groups in the country. Returning this year with a new album, it seems as if the band’s tastes have widened across the dance spectrum.
Speaking to ClashMusic at this year’s Evolution Festival, Hadouken! noiseniks James Smith and Alice Spooner described their tastes in dance music.
«We got our new album produced by Noisia, so they’re like drum n bass and tech influenced. And they brought a real sonic quality to our new stuff. As for us, our influences are still with big 90s bands like Leftfield, Chemical Brothers, Underworld and Faithless. In my opinion, we’re just dance music that you can play live.»
The band stormed the stage at Evolution, playing a typically frenetic set. Hadouken! are also due to play Scotland’s RockNess festival sparking a summer of manic parties by the Leeds based crew.
Referring to recent single ‘Mic Check’ the band explained that it is a blast from the past. «It’s got a speed garage sample in it. It’s the kind of thing we all grew up listening to. We’ve never really sampled anything before but that just felt right.»