Introducing another producer enjoying overnight success: Bakermat, aka Lodewijk Fluttert, from Holland. In no less than a few months, Bakermat has garnered a huge following. So far his only actual release, on Delicieuse Records, is the extended play Vandaag, consisting of the tracks Vandaag and Zomer (DM Exclusive Remix). His likings of jazz and blues are very apparent on Vandaag. The deep house number combines saxophone, flutes and trumpets with a sample of Martin Luther King’s illustrious speech. You might find the thought a little revolting, to hear such historic lines on a mixtape. Nevertheless, the groove has the right kind of –positive – vibe. Cantaloop all over again.
Daft Punk’s chart domination is being challenged by New York-based DJ /Producer Chris Malinchak. Just like Get Lucky’s disco vibe, his soulful house groove So Good To Me is the perfect antidote to the thumping electro beats –by the likes of Will.i.am– riding the charts. Signing to Ministry of Sound, Chris is working his way from the decks to the charts. The song breathes Summer Love. Malinchak cleverly samples two Soul classics in his mellow tune: If This World Were Mine by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell and Soul II Soul’s Back To Life. Listen carefully and see if you can spot Marvin near the end. One for a Summer night.
With Daft Punk grabbing all disco-funk attention, and with reason, and Justin working a formal wear revival, we’d like to point to a mysterious 3-song EP: the Tuxedo EP by Tuxedo Funk. Mysterious, as it is unconfirmed who is the brains behind the music. Tuxedo is rumored to be the pairing of Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One. One is a renowned Rap producer from Seattle, known for his solo work and productions for e.g. 50 Cent, and as part of G-Unit. Mayer Hawthorne needs no introduction, scoring again with his most recent single Designer Drug, taken from his third full-length album Where Does This Door Go, due July 16th. The perfectionist of retro Soul and the Hip Hop grandmaster come together to bring a refreshingly cool funkiness. The player below includes all three songs, the uptempo Do It, the throwback synthastic So Good and the ultra smooth Get U Home.
Berlin based DJ and producer Wankelmut had a major hit on his hands last year with his remix of Reckoning Song by Asaf Avidan & the Mojos. He had heard the track in the US got inspired to turn it into One Day, and the internet hit it became. End of the year Wankelmut produced his first DJ-Mix entitled Wankelmoods Vol. 1, which includes One Day/Reckoning Song. Now he’s ready to chart again, this time with his own My Head Is A Jungle. The track features Australian singer Emma Louise. Fellow German producer Solee and Danish Kasper Bjoerke both produced exquisite remixes, giving the dance track a more funky, neo-house groove. Worth checking out! The label announces there more remixes to come. Here’s the official video.
On Friday French electro duo Daft Punk released their long-awaited first single of the upcoming new album Random Access Memories, out on May 20. Get Lucky premiered in its entirety Dutch radio station 3FM. The disco-esque track, quite unlike much of their other releases, features Chic’s Nile Rodgers and vocals by Pharrell Williams. Opinions are divided, but surely this song will have you dancing in no time. On its release day, Get Lucky had the biggest streaming day for a single track in the US and the UK, a record previously held by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ Thrift Shop and Bastille’s Pompeii respectively.
Prior to Daft Punk, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo were in punk band Darlin’, together with Laurent Brancowitz, who later became part of Phoenix. The duo released its critically acclaimed debut album Homework in 1997, though Da Funk became their first commercially successful single in 1995. Other smash grooves include Around the World, One More Time and Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger. Daft Punk also let’s us take a look at the collaborators behind Random Access Memories, in The Collaborators, a series by The Creators Project with direction from Ed Lachman. Watch all Episodes on TheCreatorsProject.
With a career of 20 odd years, jack of all trades Ultra Naté has proven to have staying power, alongside Dance Divas such as Taylor Dayne or Kristine W. Over these two decades she has collaborated with big names such as Quentin Harris, Todd Terry, David Morales, Tony Moran and Marlon D, creating sounds ranging from R&B/pop to electro/dance. Besides being a singer, ready to release her sixth studio album this spring, Naté is also producer, label exec and DJ, a passion she picked up only a few years ago, mixing both at clubs and on French radio.
Naté delivered the follow up to her debut album Blue Notes in the Basement, which included her first dance hit It’s Over Now, in 1993. With Show Me, off One Woman’s Insanity, she scored her first #1 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play chart. Naté’s big break came with the ‘97 smash hit Free. Shortly after, she teamed up with Amber and Jocelyn Enriquez to form Stars on 54, recording a rendition of If You Could Read My Mind.
The 2001 album Stranger Than Fiction saw the artist working with Lenny Kravitz, N’dea Davenport and producers D-Infliuence. It contained one of Naté’s most memorable singles Twisted (Got me Goin’ Round).
Nate’s fifth studio album Grime, Silk & Thunder (2007) included the #1 club hits Give It All You Got (featuring Chris Willis) and the Pointer Sisters’ Automatic, the 2005 collaboration with StoneBridge entitled Freak On, and the massive anthem Love’s the Only Drug. Last year Naté participated in the Swiss selection for Eurovision. My Love was not short listed however.
The first singles to be featured on the new full-length Hero Worship were already released back in 2011: Turn It Up, and the duet with former Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams Waiting on You. The latest solo effort to prequel the new full-length is called Everybody Loves The Night. Check out the original mix, and a slamming Wawa Remix after the jump.
Speaking of Billie Ray Martin, the Queen of electro Soul. Coming week The Crackdown Project Volume I: Sold Out To Disco and The Crackdown Project Volume II: Darkness Restored will be released on compact disc. Originally a digital release on Billie’s Disco Activisto label in 2010, it is now being released on CD for the very first time, including a huge collection of innovative remixes personally commissioned by Billie, and an exclusive new mix. The project features BRM’s re-workings of the influential Sheffield industrial group Cabaret Voltaire’s Crackdown and Just Fascination, taken from their 1983 album The Crackdown. Volume II features Cabaret Voltaire bassist Stephen Mallinder on vocal. The Crackdown is produced by Maertini Broes from Berlin, and UK producer Lusty Zanzibar takes production credit for Just Fascination. Remixes were delivered not only by Billie’s co-writer David Harrow, but also by Celebrity Murder Party, Copycat, Divide and Create, Dunproofin, Flying White Dots, Phil RetroSpector and Year Zero.
Being influenced by both electronic music and Soul in the early 80s, Billie moved to London set out to fuse soul and electronics. Birmingham’s Electribe 101 was her first ticket to success. Talking With Myself is probably their best known piece of music. A second album never happened as the band split. Working with S’Express later scored her a first top 10 UK hit.
After a successful collaboration with British dance duo Spooky, Billie Ray landed a new record deal, both in Europe and Stateside. The first solo release Your Loving Arms, co-written by David Harrow and produced by Dave Ball and Richard Norris of The Grid, became the monster hit and iconic club classic still spinning to date. Her solo album entitled Deadline for My Memories included several songs originally destined for Electribe 101’s second album.
Moving to New York, earned her another #1 Club hit in 1999, Honey, produced by The Grid. Killer mixes came courtesy of Above & Beyond, Deep Dish and Chicane of course.
After releasing the album 18 Carat Garbage independently, Martin then released a series of singles on her new Disco Activisto label. In 2007 Undisco Me went Top 10 in the UK Dance Chart. A year later Billie got together with Robert Solheim to form The Opiates which resulted in their first EP, entitled Anatomy of a Plastic Girl.
With the release of another solo single Sweet Suburban Disco in 2011, Martin delivered an Italo disco classic cut. On the Sold Life EP Billie Ray got together with Chicago house favorites Hard Ton. The EP features Sold Life and a cover of the Club classic Fantasy Girl.
A second EP from The Opiates titled Rainy Days and Remixes was released in September 2011 as a prelude to their long awaited album Hollywood Under The Knife. In February 2012, Kim Ann Foxman and Aerea Negrot of Hercules and Love Affair, and Throbbing Gristle’s Chris & Cosey contributed to a remix collection entitled Hollywood Cuts.
End of last year, Billie released a limited edition DVD entitled Five Takes (A Song About Andy), featuring five movies inspired by Andy Warhol‘s Screen Tests. The song On Borrowed Time is presented in five unique takes, with music by electronic producer and soul singer Waterson. Now it’s time to revisit The Crackdown Project. Here’s two favorite picks: a Phil RetroSpector remix of The Crackdown, and a Copycat remix of Just Fascination.
A few posts back we introduced Monarchy’s Disintegration. One of the musicians Monarchy have worked with is DJ/Producer Kris Menace. He started out as a producer and writer in the mid ’90s. Menace’s debut single Discopolis was released in 2005. Over the years Menace has remixed tracks for Depeche Mode, Robbie Williams, Moby, Róisín Murphy and Röyksopp, ao. In November KM released his third album Features. The new set features guest vocals by Julian Hamilton from The Presets, Daft Punk Collaborator Romanthony, Robert Ownes, German soul singer Xavier Naidoo, Simon Lord and Dodgy, ao. French DJ Miss Kittin appears on the lead single Hide. Remember, “Mommy, Can I Go Out & Kill Tonight?”, Rippin Kittin quoting the Misfits on her 2002 collaboration with Golden Boy. The animated video for Hide is directed by Mathieu Bétard. One we couldn’t keep from you.
Producers duo Monarchy formed back in 2009. Their debut debut album Around the Sun was released last year. They have performed at many a festival around the world, and remixed tracks for the likes of Jamiroquai, Kelis, Lady Gaga, Kylie and Ellie Goulding ao.
The single Disintegration is to introduce their sophomore set. It’s an interesting collaboration with the luscious Dita von Teese on vocal duty. After DJing for Dita at the opening of Cointreau Club, at a private member’s bar in London, Andrew (Armstrong) and Ra (Black) posted a special mix on Soundcloud called To Dita With Love. “Something more loungey and sexy.” Same goes for Dita’s performance on Disintegration. Don’t expect a powerful vocal, but a sexy voiced expressive songstress. The song is about “losing the self in a moment, in a love affair, in a partner, drawing from a metaphor of le petit mort -that post sex moment where the mind goes blank- as a symbol of the larger loss of self in a relationship.” Spin the Mighty Mouse Remix and lose yourself. And grab the free download when you come to.