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.
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.
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.