Taking influence from artists including Unknown Mortal Orchestra, James Blake and Photay, moa moa came together in the summer of 2019 with the idea of pairing unconventional songwriting with pop-leaning sensibilities.
Assembling moa moa alongside friends Dan Byrne, Connor Foweraker, Sophie Parkes and Matt Taylor, songwriter and producer James Ratcliffe was intent upon being ever-changing, unpredictable and ambitious with his approach to moa moa's music. Their two singles, 'Yellow Jacket' and ‘Spinning’, were released in 2020 to critical acclaim, with widespread support on UK radio from BBC Radio 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne, Amy Lamé, Shaun Keaveny, Tom Robinson, John Hillcock, and Radio 1’s Huw Stephens. UK tastemaker publications including DIY, Clash and The Most Radicalist.
Now, moa moa are returning with their first wonky banger of the year, ‘Coltan Candy’. This hook-laden alt-bop is the next instalment of Speedy Wunderground’s 7” single series, and is (of course) produced by the enigmatic Dan Carey. The band have also started to build their reputation as one of the most exciting new live acts in London by selling out two headline shows at the legendary 100 Club. With a string of festival dates in the calendar and an EP in the pipeline, 2021 looks to be an exciting year for the South London group.