Ed Banger label boss Busy P has been bringing the best French music to light for more than two decades, while pumping out a solid catalog of his own. Back with some new heat, the artist has just released his remix of French vocalist Corine’s “Il fait chaud” on her new four-track remix EP.
Busy P starts off the track with his signature deep synths and crisp, hard-hitting drums. While stripping back most of the vocals, the producer still manages to craft an exciting homage to the original track. With hints of disco and funk lacing the production, Busy P once again shows his skill at blending his electronic prowess with the smooth and soulful sounds of the 20th century.
The tune’s new visual narrative begins with our protagonist mourning the loss of his beloved feline friend. To alleviate his pain, he seeks new companionship in an otter. That’s right…a sea otter who can sing the infectious high note accents that made this song such an inescapable earworm. And who doesn’t love an otter? The slick little fella helps his new buddy secure bags, make new friends, and even dominate the record charts — you know, as otters typically do. However, all good things must come to an end as the otter’s good will eventually runs out.
“Spread Love (Paddington)” is a deep house track perfect for the summer and with a perfectly memorable video to boot, expect this one to be on repeat all season long.
Ed Banger Records veteran Boston Bun has a knack for creating high-energy house music with a bounce. Back with his newest release, the French producer has just put out “Spread Love (Paddington)” featuring fellow Ed Banger vocalist, DVNO, just in time for heavy summer airplay.
Inspired by the exceptionally lovable children’s character, Paddington Bear, Boston Bun creates an infectious, fitting tribute consisting of crisp piano keys, light-hearted synths, and a groovy bass line that bound for repeated plays in poolside playlists and club setlists alike. Paired with DVNO’s cool but casual refrain, “I’ma spread love like a Paddington Bear,” this track perfectly straddles the line between deep dance floor belter and whimsical, fun-loving party cut. Weaving together DVNO’s singalong-ready versework with a percussive rump-shaking house arrangement, Boston Bun drops off one of the tastiest dance jams we’ve heard so far this summer.
With a storied list of legendary electronic musicians that includes Jean-Michel Jarre, Air, Daft Punk, Justice, and M83, to mention just a few, it comes as a surprise that the French presidential palace has yet to pay its respect to the country’s great talent.
Later this month France will celebrate its electronic masterminds, as on June 21, the country’s presidential palace will host its first-ever electronic music celebration, dubbed Élysée Fête La Musique, or an ode to the “French Touch.” In coincidence with the 37th edition of Fête de la Musique, also known as Music Day, the palace will host a wide range of the country’s best electronic talent over the years. Confirmed performers so far include Ed Banger label-boss Busy P, Kavinsky, Céziare, Chloé and Kiddy Smile.
Various periods of time serve as pressure cookers for the geographic music scenes they envelop: post-punk in the UK during the late 1970s, Seattle’s grunge scene in the mid to late 1980s, Detroit techno in the early 1990s — each period defined by the visionaries who constructed it in the first place.
The 2000s were an explosive period for French house. Spearheaded at the turn of the century by the iconic robots known as Daft Punk and their manager Busy P, a number of groups emerged under the Ed Banger record label moniker such as SebastiAn, Cassius and, of course, Justice.
In a new interview with Stoney Roads, the elusive duo revealed how they originally came into contact with Ed Banger founder Pedro Winter aka Busy P. According to the publication, the two founders of Justice — Xavier De Ronsay and Gaspard Augé — met in Paris in 2002 as graphic designers. The pair had mutual friends seeking tracks for a compilation to release on their record label, which is how the seminal tune “We Are Your Friends” come to fruition.
The two French house pioneers subsequently entered their song into a remix contest, which they lost, but the release reportedly garnered the attention of Ed Banger founder Pedro Winter in the process. A mere week later, Justice signed their first record deal on the label.
French electro house stalwart Sebastian Akchoté-Bozovic — better known simply as SebastiAn — never seems to take his foot off the gas. The Ed Banger icon’s discography has gravitated towards cult acclaim over the last decade and, while his prominence isn’t quite as forthright as French colleagues Justice or Busy P, his releases are always a welcome dive into authentic French house.
Now, Bozovic is here to quench our French thirst once again with his latest release of Charlotte Gainsbourg‘s seminal track “A-Ring O’Roses.” Toned down, stripped to minimalism, and subsequently re-adorned with the dressings of French synths that veer towards heady futurism, the remix is a melodic build culminating in a melancholic tug.
Justice‘s Woman excelled in pushing genre barriers – so much so, in fact, that we’ve named it our number one album of 2016. Now, the duo are pushing technological barriers in an unusual way. Justice’s third studio album has been available in CD, vinyl, and digital formats since mid-November; however, their backing label, Ed Banger, has created a prototype which melds the three formats.
Justice uploaded a video to their Instagram today, December 7, that shows a CD/vinyl hybrid of Woman in action. Captioned, “•WOMAN• one side CD / one side VINYL – this very limited edition is a prototype (first ever!) and is not yet for sale.” The video sees Ed Banger label-head Busy P showing off the progressively retro format to astounded cameraman Glenjamn. Though no release date for this multi-functional iteration of the albumhas been set, it will the ultimate collectors item for any Justice fan.
Imagine being able to appreciate the warmth of Xavier and Gaspard’s tertiary LP on a record player, then blasting “RANDY” in the Honda Accord’s CD player, and then becoming giddy with excitement upon the recollection that the Woman CD/vinyl can be transferred onto iTunes via any computer with a CD drive. Sure, the album is available on every major online streaming platform, but didn’t that scenario sound titillating?
Watch the “new” format of Woman being played on a turntable in the below video.
2016 has been an exceptional year for album releases. Since January, the dance music realm has been blessed with an eclectic array of thoughtful longform offerings. The chaos of Boys Noize’s Mayday, serenity of Flume’s Skin, and majesty of Eric Prydz’s Opusonly begin to broach the vibrant emotional spectrum of LPs that have provided the foundation for one of electronic music’s most illustrious years yet.
As we officially bid farewell to summer and plunge into autumn’s austerity, it’s important to note that there are still many extraordinary albums yet to be released this year. We’ve compiled five albums in particular that are worth getting excited for before January 1, 2017.
Words by Will McCarthy, Michael Sundius, Alexandra Blair, and Michael Cooper.
Mr. Oizo – All Wet
Mr. Oizo has yet to become a household name stateside, but the French artist is a pioneer across two disciplines. For the better part of the last 20 years, Mr. Oizo has established himself as a visionary in bizarre techno, while also succeeding as a surrealist filmmaker under his given name, Quentin Dupieux.
All Wet will mark Dupieux’s sixth LP as Mr. Oizo. Spanning 15 tracks in length, the album contains a plethora of high profile collaborations across a myriad of genres. Boys Noize, Siriusmo, and Crookers’ Phra all lend production talents to the record, while Peaches and Charli XCX are among its notable vocalists. Of course, the song most poised to convert American audiences to Oizo’s cult of peculiarity is his Skrillex collaboration; “End Of The World” has already begun to establish a massive presence in DJ sets and online. Luckily, the techno deluge of Mr. Oizo’s All Wet is imminent.
Release Date: September 30
Label: Ed Banger Records
Lido – Everything
With production credits for the likes of Halsey and Chance The Rapper, to say nothing of his extensive lineup of remixes — including an ambitious mix combing half of Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo — and flip work, Lido has proven himself to be one of the hottest names in electronic music. With a style that can effortlessly flip from heavily synthesized to R&B and gospel-inspired piano ballads, the hype has been building for his debut album Everything, due out in October.
Lucky fans who caught Lido’s set at Coachella have already heard the LP in full, though for now, the Norwegian has opted to tide fans over his first single “Crazy.” If the October 7 release date is still too far away, be sure to check out his amphibious, Jersey club side project Trippy Turtle.
Release Date: October 7
Empire of the Sun – Two Vines
Empire of the Sun have been making the most of the three year journey to their forthcoming LP, Two Vines. Known for their opulent aesthetics, the duo spent time recording in both Hawaii and Los Angeles, chasing a mirage that defined the album’s sound from the outset. Says band member Nick Littlemore: “there was an image we talked about very early on… a modern city overtaken by jungle, almost like mother nature taking back the planet.”
Drawing inspiration from the dreamy harmonies of ’70s prog pop, the duo recruited high profile collaborators like Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham and members of both Prince and David Bowie’s bands. The result, witnessed in lead singles “High and Low” and the titular “Two Vines,” is as luscious as anything we’ve seen yet from the psychedelic duo.
Release Date: October 28
Justice – Woman
There is likely no album this year we’re anticipating as heavily as that of Justice’s Woman. The legendary French pair’s impending third album has the entire dance world on the edge of their seat, and for good reason — the previous two LPs served to help alter the course of electronic music as we know it.
What’s more, if the first two singles, “Safe and Sound” and “Randy,” are any indication, then Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay appear to be in top form. Blending disco, electro, and techno with live orchestra accompaniment, a choir, and plenty of swoon-worthy vocalists, Woman will undoubtedly reignite the Justice fever when it drops in November.
Release Date: November 18
Label: Ed Banger Records
It’s been a quiet two years for Tycho since the release of Awake in 2014. That album cemented composer Scott Hansen’s status as a chill wave icon and the project has spent months touring the nation, bringing dreamy sunrise sets to the likes of EDC and Burning Man. In between shows, Hansen and his rotating cast of musicians have kept busy creating arrangements for a new album that will largely be a departure from previous work.
Hansen posted the project’s latest single “Epoch” on his graphic design blog, calling the track the “keystone” of the group’s evolving sound. The new release will “[hone] the sonic aesthetic of Dive while drawing on the kinetic energy of Awake,” and promises to explore “darker themes and new musical territory.” The singles pairs cold, buzzy synths and punishing drum lines with Hansen’s signature bright guitar licks for a spacious, melancholy effect. While Hansen has yet to announce an official release date, it is suspected that the release will come via Ghostly International sometime this year.
Release Date: TBA (2016)
Label: Ghostly International
Honorable Mention: deadmau5
Back in July, deadmau5 casually remarked that his new album was “pretty much” finished, immediately sending fans into a frenzy. While we’ve yet to receive an official release date from Zimmerman, we’ve heard countless snippets of the Canadian producer’s new work in the form of studio streams and live sets — including a new 9-minute progressive house piece and two tantalizing electro concoctions.
With no confirmation that the album will arrive this year, however, Zimmerman’s forthcoming eighth studio album remains an “Honorable Mention” on our list. It’s worth noting, however, that in a periscope stream last week, Zimmerman’s tour manager remarked that the album may be coming as soon as November.