Late October saw the release of exciting new indie-pop track, ‘I’m The One’, by Junge Junge; the DJ production project of Rochus Grolle and Michael Noack. Both have enjoyed their own respective success as solo artists before their collaboration began.
Grolle has been DJing and producing music since the early 2000s, while Noack has been DJing ever since he debuted on George Morell’s Groove On Records in 2012; “We were always bumping into each other at random events”, they said. They soon decided to spend some time in the studio together in late 2012, only to discover a shared language and intention of exciting people with their music. The first official Junge Junge release landed in April 2015. Titled ‘Beautiful Girl’, and stemming from a spontaneous jam session at 2014’s Helene Beach Festival. Pairing a feel-good bassline with the smooth vocals of Australian Kyle Pearce, the track served as a perfect example of the deeply melodic, pop-orientated sound. “Our songs automatically become melancholic, harmonic, and somehow ‘poppy'”, they continued, describing their style as “pop with other influences”.
The pair formed Junge Junge as an experiment to fuse together their own unique and individual styles. As well as an opportunity to boldly merge similarly charged influences.
Having heard ‘Beautiful Girl’ played in a local beach bar on holiday in Ibiza, the Managing Director of Universal Music Sweden offered the duo a record deal on the spot. The first product of this arrangement was 2016’s ‘Run Run Run’ single. Earlier this year, the duo returned to the label with the ‘Postcard’ single. Away from original productions, Rochus and Michael are also regular remixers and can count Glashaus, Charlie Puth, James Arthur, Kyle Pearce, and Avicii as artists they’ve reworked.
As DJs, the duo also continue to impress. Although their tech-house sound is distanced somewhat from much of their studio output. “If we’re DJing we’ll play only tech-house or techno”, they added. “This is what has inspired both of us to play out music as DJs”.
Up next is the duo’s highly anticipated debut LP, scheduled for Spring 2018 release on Universal. But, ‘I’m The One’ is the latest single that’s making its way onto our radars. The track is an atmospheric cruise through texture and emotion. Complete with warm, synth-fuelled melodies, methodical percussion and serene vocal work. ‘I’m The One’ further demonstrates their impressive attention to detail, and effortless songwriting ability.
Speaking about the single, Junge Junge finished by saying, “This is a special song about being there to support the people you care about through difficult times”.