Culture & Music
Ask for Blue Hawaii at any bad club and you’ll be presented with a fluorescent aqua cocktail, inspired by the 1961 Elvis Presley musical of the same name. But ask at any good club, and the DJ should immediately know you’re not asking for the sickly Curaçao and tinned pineapple concoction, but rather, the electronic pop bangers of Raphaelle “Ra” Standell-Preston and Alex “Agor” Kerby. The duo’s musical collab began back in 2010 with an EP, and has since burgeoned into three studio albums, the latest of which was released this month. Open Reduction Internal Fixation is an epitaph of the turbulent experiences both musicians have recently had. But there’s nothing melancholy about its sound – Ra and Agor love a boogie, and the music is a reflection of the high frequency cities they both reside in. Ra in Montreal, and Agor in Berlin. Here, the duo reflect on the remedial creation of a club-ready album on the back of life hurdles – Agor with surgery and Ra with a heart-wrenching breakup.