Danny Lane and Billy Manoudakis are the left and right brain of New York-based Cologne. The Staten Island natives make poppy, quirky, electronic R&B, commanding attention on their Hit City U.S.A. debut with a dangerously easy listen.
Their creative process was born out of an abnormal inconvenience — Billy works as a boat’s captain while Danny stays landlocked, producing tracks and hustling work as a photographer. The two communicate with one another through music, sending loops and snippets from wherever they happen to be, independently writing pieces of songs that smoothly snap into place.
Throughout this, the two share a thing for synths and classic pop, creating songs that are warm, relaxed, and inescapably catchy. Though their influences range from '80s dance music to Drake, they see Cologne as something new and have a very pure idea of success: “If people are like 'that was catchy and it felt pretty good' we are happy.”
released May 19, 2015
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