‘Everything U Need’ is the first track to be released by Overmono since the duo realised they’d be locked down for a prolonged period and unable to tour, it’s lifted from their forthcoming EP of the same name released 13 November 2020 on XL Recordings.
An early version of the track was the last thing the duo were able to perform live, at London’s Printworks in March. The final finished version along with the other tracks on the EP represent a marriage of everything Overmono have done previously, the intricate brand of enveloping and layered techno and electronica that harks back to the minimalism of the early 00s plus the 90s work of The Orb, it showcases their ability to make music that is as enjoyable on headphones as it is in the club. Topped off with artwork from the acclaimed artist Rollo Jackson. In their own words, “It’s our most complete record to date”.
Overmono were on a roll before lockdown. As the top YouTube comment for their Joy Orbison collaboration track ‘Bromley’ put it, “so this is the track that was on every 5 minutes at Warehouse Project.” That track and the duo’s own ‘Le Tigre’ were played out constantly by the likes of Four Tet and Ben UFO, the former also hiring the duo to remix his track ‘Teenage Birdsong’.
Then there are their edits. Thom Yorke was so impressed by the duo’s versions of ‘Not The News’ that he let them release the tracks on their own Polykicks label. Add to that their cheeky version of Rosalia – ‘A Palé’, which caught the ear and the eye of the respected flamenco artist, as well as being a highlight of their live performances pre-lockdown.
Then the world abruptly stopped, all their forthcoming gigs were cancelled and suddenly Overmono were able to fully commit their energy to their legendary Bromley studio. It’s was during this time that the duo feel they’ve been able to realise exactly what Overmono’s music should be. “Our work together had so far been about exploring and defining what Overmono is… and we feel like we’ve got this now”.