‘Boulevard’, the 1995 debut album from Parisian producer Ludovic Navarre — aka St Germain — was by no means the first time jazz had mixed with house. Larry Heard, to name just one artist, was making those connections years earlier. But it was perhaps the first time the mixture had felt so downright inevitable. ‘Boulevard’ is one of those rare records that makes everything sound easy: An album that revolutionized the perception of French music, consummated the union between house and jazz, and spawned a million weakling copies.
‘Boulevard’ created waves in France and beyond. America may have initially looked the other way— the album wasn’t even released there until 2002 — but the UK, then in the middle of an acid jazz splurge, flipped for the album’s Parisian cool, with it topping dance magazine Muzik’s albums of the year list ahead of Goldie’s ‘Timeless’. This may seem unremarkable now. But in those days, British attitudes to French music often fell somewhere between willing ignorance and downright contempt.
Duke Dumont has released his first track of 2020.
Following a slew of singles in 2019, including 'Red Light Green Light' and 'The Power', featuring Zak Abel, London-born DJ/producer Duke Dumont is back with another anthem.
The piano-driven, vocal-heavy 'Therapy' is another uplifting hit from the producer, who is readying himself for performances at EDC Mexico in February, as well as at this year's Coachella festival.
Check out 'Therapy' below.
Mr. G has shared details of his eighth studio album.
Slated for release the 31st January 2020, the LP will follow 'A Part Of Me Vol. 2', which was released via the house legend's own Phoenix G label last year.
Floorplan will release a new album next month.
Incoming via Will Saul's Aus Music, where the Detroit Father-Daughter duo have released various EPs, 'Supernatural' will mark Floorplan's first album in three years, and comprises of two LPs.
Releasing an EP earlier this year with two samplers from the album, 'Fiyaaaa!' and spiralling house anthem 'His Eye Is On The Sparrow', which features Carol Otis, 'Supernatural' will feature 10 tracks across its two sides.
London-via-Birmingham's Barely Legal is a mainstay of the UK scene. An artist who has been at the forefront of the underground bass world for almost a decade, the DJ and label owner has spent 2019 playing gigs everywhere from Munich to Ibiza, and performed at Croatia’s Hideout, Creamfields, and Snowbombing. As the year winds down, Barely Legal is finishing up her Pretty Weird tour, a label affiliated party series, which has been touring the country since August.
At just 22 years old and fresh off the back of a US tour, where he played in Detroit, New York, Los Angeles, and New Orleans, REES is making waves far from his hometown of Middlesbrough. Producing and playing his own refined style of feel-good disco, electro, house, and italo, the upstart found his calling in the North East's clubs - with a local event inspiring him to pursue music.
Last track that blew your mind?
"Palms Trax ‘To Paradise’"
Last film you watched?
"Kung Fu Panda"
Last DJ that blew your mind?
"Orpheu The Wizard"
Favourite album to relax to?
"Tiger & Woods 'On The Green Again'"
Claptone has won the Highest House award in this year’s DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll. The man in the mask landed the No.53 spot overall, climbing four spots on his position in 2018.