Pardon My French is taking over Red Rocks on April 26. The French collective comprised of DJ Snake, Tchami, Malaa, and Mercer are reuniting for the first time since 2016 at the naturally acoustic megastructure that’s hosted many of music’s most iconic acts for the last 75 years plus. The collective was established in 2015 with the aim of bringing French electronic artists together.
Last year, Tchami and Malaa took their Confessions Tour to Red Rocks, a spectacle performance that played on the concept of heaven and hell. This year, the entire Pardon My French crew is rolling deep, and the four-man collective is promising Colorado a show fans won’t soon forget as the spring events circuit reaches full swing. Tickets for the Pardon My French takeover are available for AXS and AEG presale on Thursday, January 31 at 10:00 a.m. MT, and general sale on Friday, February 1 at 10:00 a.m. MT.
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Something of an anthem was born in DJ Snake and Mercer‘s invigorating future house smash, “Let’s Get Ill.” It only makes sense, then, that the powerhouse collaborators behind the tune would tap the talents of RUFFMERCY in fashioning a music video worthy of their brainchild’s madness. The animator boasts some strong credentials, boasting a resume that includes projects for Thom Yorke and Flying Lotus.
In “Let’s Get Ill,” RUFFMERCY brings the colorful track to life with equally vibrant visuals that fit in well with the graffiti-laden enclaves of Paris where it was filmed. The animations dance along with the real life breakdancers in the video, who do well in tying together the gritty urban aesthetic presented within. It might be difficult to not want to get on the floor and join them by the end, especially given the track’s hollowed, jacking house kicks and commanding vocals.
It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.
Anti Up have left the pizza at home and returned for a three-track EP, Hey Pablo, thrilling listeners with searing house beats and ever-catchy vocals. Above & Beyond have released their first original collaboration in eight years: a stunning Anjunabeats tune called “Long Way From Home” with Spencer Brown. graves teams up with EZI for a piece that’s equally beautiful and heavy in “I’m Fine.” ODESZA have released the deluxe edition of their seminal A Moment Apart album, featuring a total of 25 songs — including a hefty VIP remix of “Memories That You Call” with Golden Features. Mr. Bill returns to mau5trap for an eerie original, “Apophenia.” Keys N Krates have revealed a Live in Toronto version of their Cura album, visibly demonstrating they hold nothing back in their live productions. Bringing the feels as usual, Illenium has remixed Halsey‘s emotive “Without You” in beautiful form. And as Christmas draws near, Kaskade continues to add to his sounds of the season catalog with a few new holiday tracks, including “Little Town.”
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 this NMF.
Photo credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella
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.