Classixx Are L.A.'s Best Dance Music Duo
For the last five years, Blake and David have mastered the art of making people move, from the Westwood Brewing Company to the HARD festival. They cite pansexual party palace A Club Called Rhonda and Dam-Funk's Funkmosphere as harbors of support and inspiration. Remixes for Phoenix, Mayer Hawthorne and Major Lazer earned inclusion in DJ sets worldwide.
"When we first started making dance music, I'd make songs that I thought were dance songs but inevitably cleared dance floors," Blake says. "DJing was the best education to learn how to make people dance."
"I learned that big sounds and really expressive sonic moments aren't as important as a groove," David chimes in.
This infinite groove is what makes Hanging Gardens so remarkable. Released on the ascendant label Innovative Leisure, it's the best dance full-length from L.A. so far this year. There's a universal syncopation that could send your disco-loving dad into the hustle but also ignite dance floors at London's Plastic People or Berlin's Berghain. Its singles have earned KCRW rotation and a "Best New Track" distinction from Pitchfork.
"I'll occasionally be on Facebook and see a post about us from somebody I never talked to," Blake says. "It's usually, like, 'Check out these guys. ... I think we went to high school with them.' "
"I'd like to make it known that my first band was rejected from the talent show at Oak Park High School," David addsß.
There's no word whether anyone in Oak Park has started imitating Classixx yet. Give them time.