Danish modernists Philip Owusu and Robin Hannibal are among a handful of artists -- Jamie Lidell, Eric Lau, Sa-Ra Creative Partners, and Henrik Schwarz are some others -- working to find a way forward for soul music and R&B in the 21st century by blending it with house, broken beat, trip-hop, and other forms of electronica. Both Copenhagen natives, although they consider themselves international citizens first and Danish second, Hannibal (formerly of jazzy hip-hop collective Nobody Beats the Beats) and Owusu (a vocalist of Ghanaian descent, briefly part of the house duo Owusu Green, who released one 12" on Naked Music) were introduced by a mutual friend, quickly hit it off over overlapping musical interests -- in particular their shared love of Sly Stone -- and began working together in early 2005. Their first collaborative production, the moody broken beat clunker Delirium, caught the attention of the groove-centric indie Ubiquity Records, who released it as a 12" that November. The full-length Living With... followed a year later, featuring a dozen originals and a glistening cover of the Beach Boys' Caroline No, produced and performed almost entirely by Owusu Hannibal, who remain a completely studio-bound project. A smooth, substantially downtempo, but futuristically funky full-length that oozed sophistication but also displayed a distinct playful bent and garnered comparisons to everyone from J Dilla and D'Angelo to Scritti Politti and Steely Dan, the album found favor with the tastemaking likes of Gilles Peterson, Trevor Jackson, and Morgan Geist, who had contributed a remix to the Delirium single and later tapped Owusu to sing for Metro Area on their first-ever vocal track, Read My Mind. ~ K. Ross Hoffman, Rovi

Top Tracks
Owusu & Hannibal - "Lonnie's Secret"
Owusu & Hannibal: Le Fox
Owusu & Hannibal - Watch
Owusu & Hannibal - Delirium
Owusu & Hannibal - "Watch"
Owusu & Hannibal: Caroline No
Owusu & Hannibal - Elephants
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