Delivering the demo into Honey’s inbox earlier this year, ‘Don Dada’ immediately pricked the ears of Classic boss and A&R Luke Solomon, feeling a natural fit for the label’s eclectic catalogue of forward-thinking dance music. Now Cakes’ collaboration with NYC producer Proper Villains gets a full release on the imprint, a strutting merge of hip-hop and house where Cakes’ effortless flow and playful lyricism shine brighter than ever.
It seems only fitting Luke and Honey would provide a remix, bringing in a tougher beat that introduces their signature club-focussed style seen on a range of their co-productions, elevated with the warmth and immediacy of Cakes’ narration. The combination of Proper Villains‘ impeccable production with Cakes’ flawless vocal delivery makes ‘Don Dada’ a triumphant label debut on an imprint leading the way in the Hip House revival. This package also features the stripped-back ‘Intermission’, a short but powerful interlude that perfectly illustrates Cakes’ ability to captivate listeners with his unapologetic and infectious delivery of direct and effectual lyrics.