French house mastermind, Mercer, has crafted his latest dance-centric concoction in efforts to pay homage to the iconic New York nightclub-turned-Broadway-theater, Studio 54. The club, located in Midtown Manhattan, stood in its heyday as a beacon of the lush ’70s disco epoch that revolutionized the dance music scene at large forever.
“Studio 54” encapsulates this highly hedonistic time period with its sensational, violin-heavy instrumentation and plucky bass loops, accompanied, of course, with the four on the floor time signature which house music and disco notoriously reciprocate. Mercer is known for combining the “old school” with the “new school,” in other words, bringing his knowledge of the French Touch era (the Euro equivalent of disco) in forging his modernized, feel-good “neo-disco” club hits.
Mercer molded an advantageous place for himself in dance music with his decadently dancey sound and auspicious, longtime affiliates, such as Tchami, Malaa, and DJ Snake, with whom he formed the legendary Pardon My French collective in 2015 in the name of advancing the French house emblem.
Disco never died, and while some naysayers aim to disavow the longevity of four-on-the-floor beat arrangements and the soulful funk of coalescing synthesizers, horns, and syncopated bass lines, MERCER‘s latest single vibrant evidence that disco stylistics are alive and well in 2018. The Parisian producer inflects house aesthetics with a hybrid of vintage jazz and disco sounds in “Alright” — a feel-good dance floor filler with a soulful groove.
“Alright” is an edit of Jamiroquai’s 1996 house heater of the same name. The original sampled Eddie Harris’ “It’s All Right Now,” and Idris Muhammed’s “Could Heaven Ever Be Like This,” but MERCER lends his own distinctive flair to the edit in his implementation of a swifter tempo that renders this new version more danceable by comparison. MERCER cuts straight to the lyrical hook of the original, salvaging only the hook in his edit, which loops in a disco-house inspired fashion.
Moonrise Festival 2018 is shaping out to be one of Baltimore’s most exciting events of the year. The two-day festival — held at the Pimlico Race Course – is preparing for its 5th installment, which will feature a wide and diverse range of artists, catering toward fans of almost any dance music sub-genre. Performers include Kaskade, Zeds Dead, 3LAU, JOYRYDE, Ookay, GRiZ, Illenium, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Ekali, MK, and more.
In honor of the upcoming festivities, we’ve compiled a 10-track playlist that includes tunes from some of the weekend’s most anticipated acts — perfect for any pre-game or long road-trips to Baltimore.
1. Silk City (Diplo & Mark Ronson) – “Only Can Get Better”
The latest single from Diplo & Mark Ronson’s newest side project Silk City. This is definitely a collaboration attendees will hear during Diplo’s headline set at the Stellar Stage Saturday night. Ronson has since teased their second upcoming release, so maybe he’ll give fans a little taste at the festival?
One of DJ Snake’s hottest 2018 collaborations saw linking up with Mercer for a rapid, future house heater. Check out Snake headlining the Stellar Stage Saturday night alongside Kaskade, Diplo, Zeds Dead, and more.
Marshmello recently released his Joytime II album, which has been very well-received by the Mello Gang. “Rooftops” a groovy one from the album where the DJ/producer throws on his own 90’s punk rock-sounding vocals. He’ll take the Stellar Stage Sunday night and will likely close out the weekend.
The LA-based DJ/producer, who will also be taking over the Stellar Stage on Sunday afternoon, where he will more than likely take his audience out of the racetrack an instead place them on a mental beach. His latest single “I Can’t Have You” accomplishes this feat in mere minutes.
5. Two Friends – “While We’re Dreaming” feat. Kevin Writer
We enjoy this 2017 throwback from the duo, who will be treating their guests to a heavy dose of their cheery brand of dance music.
This is one of the most poppin’ remixes of his hit collaboration “Miss You” with Major Lazer and Tory Lanez. Festival goers can expect to hear either the original or an assortment of remixes, yet knowing Cashmere Cat, he often has a strictly Jersey club section of the set, to which this fits perfectly. Check out his set at the Lunar Stage on Sunday.
Rezz is blowing up the scene with dark synths and heavy beats that are nothing short of an innovative sound. Check out her latest release, which she’ll most likely use to destroy the Solar Tent atmosphere on Saturday.
Anyone want pizza? No? How about after a few hours of constant movement and house beats at the Celestial Stage? Chris Lake will be headlining the house-geared stage Saturday night and will probably trap listeners into his set right as they’re deciding to leave for some pizza.
This remix for Eric Prydz’ “Liberate” is one of Lane 8’s hidden gems released back in 2014. He’s pushed out a lot of new music since then, but it doesn’t mean we have to stop showing this perfect blend of deep and melodic house some love. Check him out headlining the Celestial Stage Sunday night.
Purchase tickets via the Moonrise Festival website and if this song selection didn’t do justice, check out the festival’s 2018 Spotify playlists, which are curated by stage.
France defeated Croatia in the World Cup finals on Sunday by a score of 4-2, marking their 2nd ever world cup victory. Countless French DJs took to social media to share their support and excitement. Below are reactions from some of them.
All of France fell into collective fervor on July 15 when their country took its second World Cup title in 20 years with a 4-2 win against Croatia. Mercer, a French native himself, decided to spread his joy among his fanbase and give them yet another reason to celebrate: a fresh new track titled”Fireworks,” released as a free download.
The groovy tune has an infectious build that falls into a house drop. Manufactured for club play, the radio edit is the current version Mercer has released, leading us to believe an extended version will follow shortly after. “Fireworks” is much lighter than the producer’s usual releases, and shows his diversification outside of his usual style.
Malaa meticulously captures the groovy feels of Mercer’s original, complementing a deeper bassline with straight house vibes that seamlessly appear out of nowhere. This is guaranteed to turn some heads as he continues touring the globe, detouring at Club Space in Miami and Exchange LA before another No Redemption tour performance in Mykonos, Greece.
Living up to its promise to “expect the unexpected” in 2018, UMF capped off a lofty Miami Music Week with a number of attention-grabbing acts from dance music’s top tastemakers, including David Guetta, Kaskade, Eric Prydz, and Above & Beyond, along with an illustrious cast of newcomers in REZZ, Jauz, and Virtual Self. The most exalted act of the weekend came in the form of a highly anticipated reunion from Swedish House Mafia, who filled the surprise guest slot to close out the festival. Marshmello made his main stage debut and premiered his newest collaboration with Lil Uzi Vert, The Chainsmokers put the naysayers to bed with their high-energy performance, which included four unreleased tracks and a flaming drum solo, and Sir Carl Cox delivered a high-powered spectacle in his Resistance Megastructure.
Other notable moments came care of DJ Snake, who brought out Tchami, Malaa, and Mercer to debut their new collaboration, “Let’s Get Ill;” Axwell Λ Ingrosso, who opened their set with a captivating new track ID; Tiësto, who invited out his new fiancé, model Annika Backes, to the stage; and Steve Aoki, who assembled Daddy Yankee, Elvis Crespo, and Play-N-Skillz for a live performance of their recent release, “Azukita.”
For those who can’t count themselves lucky enough to have witnessed the live weekend spectacle, DA has compiled a comprehensive list of streams from UMF 2018 to relive the festival’s most magical moments.
The most important day of every week: New Music Friday. As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed.
Super8 & Tab have been on a self-proclaimed “meaningful musical journey together” for the past two years in preparation for their third studio album, Reformation Part 1, out Feb. 23. Today, the Finish trance duo share an uplifting, ethereal tune featuring Envy Monroe as the fourth single off the album.
After an exciting journey opening for Madeon and Porter Robinson‘s Shelter Live tour, Robotaki shows off his playful side in a chill, synth-laden electro-pop track, “Together We’re Screwed.” The producer enlists the warm vocals of Nevve on this charming, catchy jaunt.
Two powerhouse producers have teamed up for their first release of 2018. Out now on KSHMR‘s Dharma Worldwide, “Here With You” is a high-octane jam that is sure to have big-room enthusiasts jumping up and down on the dance floor.
Hook N Sling takes on emerging Swedish singer/songwriter Clara Mae’s debut acoustic pop track, released last month on Big Beat Records. The Aussie-born producer turns the track into a high-energy electro-pop anthem perfectly suited for the dance floor.
Vancouver-based duo The Funk Hunters enlist dance/R&B group DiRTY RADiO for “Turn Down The Silence,” the third single off their upcoming album Typecast. Showcasing versatility, the duo’s signature funky sound ventures into the realms of pop music, while DiRTY RADiO deliver a standout vocal performance.
Riot Ten‘s first single off his forthcoming EP, The Dead, comes as a hard-hitting dubstep production with Sullivan King and DJ Paul from Three Six Mafia. Moshers: proceed with caution to the middle of the dance floor.
How do you say no to the legendary Fatboy Slim? You don’t. At the English tastemaker’s request, Aussie electronic duo Carmada gives his 1998 classic “Right Here, Right Now” an edgy modern tune-up. The remix is set to appear on Fatboy Slim’s forthcoming remix EP, Fatboy Slim VS Australia.
To celebrate the 35th anniversary of Nena’s “99 Red Balloons,” emerging Nordic talents Oliver Nelson and Tobtok have reimagined the iconic party starter as a future house composition.
Brussels-based producer Stephen Fasano is known for his illusory compositions as The Magician. His newest release combines elements of nu-disco into hip-hop for an exuberant house track.
Michael Calfan has emerged within dance music as the protagonist of a fresh new sound with a more sensitive quality. This courageous brand of soul house shines in his newest single, which is meant to not only get bodies moving on the dance floor, but also touch to the heart.
Born Dirty proves himself the master of breaks once again in his newest release on Insomniac Records. With an eclectic mix of musical influences, Born Dirty constructs his signature hybrid sound resting on a solid backbone of hip-hop, house and techno. “Crazy” is a must-listen tune.
Electro-pop duo Sundial have released their first single of 2018, “Who Cares,” which is out now on Seeking Blue.
As Holy Ship! prepares for another voyage in 2018, the artists set to perform are whetting fans’ appetites with mixes ahead of the impending departure date. Most recently, the Russian duo VOLAC dropped off a kinetic mix and now Mercer has stepped up to deliver one of his own.
The French producer is coming off a big 2017, with a slew of singles, a joint tour with his compatriot Tchami, and a handful of big time remixes for his originals. As can be expected, Mercer’s mix is a gloriously groovy house affair that is certain to get anyone moving. Whether by land or by sea, Mercer is set to build on a strong 2017 and found the perfect place to kickstart 2018: onboard Holy Ship!
Following up a series of huge releases over the past few months, Afrojack has released his collaborative remix of Mercer‘s “Encore” with SAYMYNAME.
The original track, which came out in October 2015, is more melody-focused than the spin Afrojack and SAYMYNAME have put on the song. The duo have crafted a classic trap beat for the verses, leading up to an echoing, anticipatory build-up. They drop the listener into flurry of big-room festival trap madness, complete with a pounding bass line and reverberating synths.