Not to be confused with the legendary jazz drummer or the civil rights activist, Bob Moses are in fact a Brooklyn-based Canadian duo currently bridging the gap between the dance floors and the dinner party with their smouldering take on deep house.
Lead vocalist Tom Howie, a Berklee College of Music graduate who initially pursued a career as a solo singer/songwriter, and Jimmy Vallance, a DJ/producer who once specialized in instrumental techno, first met as teens when they both attended the same Vancouver high school. After drifting apart, the pair serendipitously bumped into each other at a New York parking lot several years later, and on bonding over a mutual love of Northwestern grunge, Californian punk and minimalist electronica, decided to join forces under the guise of Bob Moses.
Named after the architect responsible for several of their adopted city’s landmarks (Shea Stadium, Brooklyn-Queens Expressway), the duo subsequently moved in together and began writing a wealth of material, eventually attracting the attention of Francis Harris, the owner of boutique label Scissor and Thread, who invited them to work on his Frank and Tony project.
The pair first showcased their own sound, a brilliantly brooding mix of echo-laden guitars, muted house beats and melancholic melodies, on debut 2012 EP Hands to Hold, drawing comparisons with the likes of The xx, James Blake and Dirty Vegas in the process.
Following a number of equally hypnotic releases, all of which featured on the early 2015 compilation All in All, Bob Moses dropped their debut album proper, Days Gone By, in September. Also incorporating elements of post-dubstep (“Nothing at All”), icy Berlin techno (“Like it or Not”) and (“Before I Fall”) into their nocturnal sound, it’s a record which positions Bob Moses as one of the new masters of after-hours dance music.