Published in DAZED & CONFUSED Vol. II Issue No. 91, November 2010.


It might be strange to refer to a brand new band as being “circa 1994”, but that’s precisely when Games—composed of longtime friends Daniel Lopatin (of Oneohtrix Point Never renown) and Joel Ford—consider themselves to have formed… at least in their larval stage. “We met in 1994 and have always been jamming together,” Ford says. However, it wasn’t until they moved into their Bushwick apartment that the boys were afforded the luxury of actually recording music as Games. Having just released their debut seven-inch, “Everything is Working” on Hippos in Tanks, the duo is rapidly making 3D waves in darker electronic circles, thanks in no small part to their gauzy, throbbing take on midifunk. The backwash is so dense and engaging that it’s both cybernetic and physical: “The physicality and environmental factors of sound are on an equal plane,” says Lopatin. “We’re kind of like alchemists in the way we like to discover different sonic environments with awesome flavor combos.”

Such combos are highly evocative of the ever-expansive narrative of ambient electronic music—one that has surged of late. “At this point,” Ford reasons, “you’re basically looking at a century’s worth of ambient/electronic sound whether it’s recorded or incidental. People get it and love it. It’s not experimental anymore, so in that way it’s a new era for that expressive mode.” Next up for Games is a full-length debut this winter. Apart from that, “we’d like to start our own label. It would be great to get into some film work. Our dream is to score Blade 4.”

Photography by Peter Sutherland.