Three months have passed since Tchami shared his most recent “Confessions” mix, which came in February, shortly after his latest single, “Adieu.” Now, days after the release of Chace’s broadly-reaching “Adieu” remix, the French future house influencer has published the sixth installment of his fervently followed mix series.
Tchami opens “Confessions #6” with Kevin Spacey’s chilling delivery of the foreboding line, “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” Thereafter, the stage is set for Martin Bresso’s musical opener – Habstrakt and Dustycloud’s menacing, unreleased bass house collaboration, “Crows.” Throughout the hourlong set, Bresso vacillates between an array of bass house (including Habstrakt’s high-profile Skrillex joint, “Chicken Soup), future house, and club-germane tech house.
Some standout selections from “Confessions #6” include Cazztek’s formidable remix of “Devils” by ANGELZ and CamelPhat’s “Hangin’ Out With Charlie” – a current tech house favorite in clubs globally.
Teenage sensation Chace has widely been touted by fellow producers as something of a prodigy. Based out of Shanghai, the 18-year-old has already been signed onto Mad Decent and Yellow Claw’s Barong Family described the gifted producer as “one of those extraordinary musicians you encounter only once every few years.”
Having released two EPs at the tender age of 17, Chace tackles his most ambitious project to date, remixing future house legend, Tchami. Remixing the French juggernaut’s single “Adieu,” the wunderkind has tastefully re-worked the track, giving it his signature house treatment. From the outset the tone is set with a powerful kick drum and groovy percussive elements. Vocal samples further complement the track’s soothing tone, before it smoothly transitions into an equally slick bass drop, characterized by plucked guitar samples.
The club oriented remix is an impressive undertaking, especially as it inverts, rather than removes, the essence of Tchami’s gorgeous original.
Ultra‘s intercontinental dance conquest continues today following the announcement of a new offshoot in Mexico City later this year. The events giant has now dropped a lengthy phase two reveal for Ultra Singapore’s summer 2017 edition, further sweetening the deal with date announcements for Ultra Beach Bali later in the year. The Singaporean edition, held June 10 – 11, includes live headlining performances from Pendulum, Tchami, and KSHMR, with Tiesto, Steve Angello, Sasha and John Digweed all taking top billings as well.
Don Diablo, Steve Aoki, Martin Solveig and Hardwell will all make their way to Singapore for this year’s event as well. Supporting acts billed for 2017 further include Rich Chigga, GTA, ANNA and more. Pairing the Singapore edition’s second phase lineup with more exciting news, Ultra Beach Bali will officially return this year on September 14-15.
From the orient to the occident, those looking for a festival on the go won’t have to look too far to hit an Ultra Worldwide event at any point on the globe.
Carrying a genre can often lead to a sharp and sudden case of fatigue, but Parisian heavyweight Tchami just hasn’t gotten this memo yet. Lumbered several years ago with flag-bearing duties in the rise of the so-called “future house” sound, the Parisian’s footsteps have always felt intrinsically focussed on leading a creative and quality driven charge in spite of the genre’s rise to popularity.
On return to Tchami’s own Confession imprint, “Adieu” befittingly says goodbye to some of his more hallmarked musical attributes, channeling a dialed back and semi-progressive take on proceedings. It’s different, but the track keeps enough groove and stamina to have us convinced this one hasn’t been outsourced in the studio department. 2017 is going to be a year where a lot of artists jump ship on the sound they stapled their industry presence with, but for Confession’s latest, Tchami shows that there’s room to shake things up without shamelessly chasing pastures greener.
Techno is increasingly stepping out of the underground confines it was once relegated to, thanks to artists like BlackGummy, Rezz, and LA’s Andre Haglund. Better known as Drezo, the 26-year-old producer has a knack for pulsing, ominous techno, though releases from his catalog frequently experiment with evident hip-hop and house inspiration.
For his latest offering, Haglund sticks to his warehouse roots with a dark new remix. Crafting an aggressive flip on Tchami and Malaa‘s “Prophecy,” the producer brands the once buoyant house tune with his sinister techno seal. Marking his first release of 2017, Haglund is offering up his remix free of charge.
Modifying the original with slight shifts in tempo and melody, the “Guap” producer swaps Tchami and Malaa’s playful bounce for a pummeling bassline. Chopping and layering the original’s sample selection with a heavy dose of reverb, Drezo adds another ace remix to an already impressive arsenal of inventive reworks.
Tchami has announced that his newest North American tour is imminent. Deemed “Prophecy,” the concert series shares its name with the producer’s recent collaboration with Malaa. The tour is set to begin February 2 in Orlando, Florida. From there, the DJ will be making stops all around the US and Canada on a thorough, 32-date tour.
The Prophecy Tour will see the return of Tchami’s famed cathedral stage production, which is decorated with illusions of magnificent stained glass. Fellow DJ and “Pardon My French” affiliate Mercer will accompany the future house pioneer for all of the dates. The Prophecy Tour concludes on March 18 in Seattle, Washington.
View the full tour schedule in the flier below. Tickets are available for purchase here.
It’s been a long time coming. For over 4 years Tchami has been leading the future house charge along with his partners in crime MERCER and DJ Snake, only to finally be spotlighted by Pete Tong’s iconic broadcast. The Parisian producer arrives for his Essential Mix duties with a crate of bombastic house cuts in his crates, opening powerfully with Dombreksy’s “Utopia” before evoking the smoke-filled warehouses where his music feels most at home. In his 2 hour stint he weaves together 40 tracks, including a handful of his own productions and Confessions Label releases.
It’s the sort of debut that we’d have expected when he first made his mark as one of the first pioneers to earn the future house distinction. Gritty, dark, and thunderous. Just the way we like it.
01 Dombresky – Utopia 02 Angelz – Devils 03 Tchami – SIAW 04 AC Slater – Psycho 05 Disclosure – When A Fire Starts To Burn (Shapeless & Golden Leaf Remix) 06 Taiki Nulight – Void 07 Jax Jones – House Work (feat. Mike Dunn & MNEK) 08 AC Slater & Taiki Nulight 09 Fearz – Dipset 10 Shift K3Y & DJ Zinc – Jumpstart 11 Moksi – What I Like 12 BROHUG – Bulldozer 13 BELLECOUR – Fonky Beat 14 Low Steppa – The Harlem Thing 15 Kyle Watson – The Cone 16 Dustycloud – Sometimes 17 Amtrac – Hold On 18 Hackney Polo Club – Babylon Shall Fall 19 Dad Mouth – Swaggerback 20 Mr. Oizo – Flat Beat 21 Tchami & AC Slater – Missing You (feat. Kaleem Taylor) 22 Tchami – Afterlife (Alesia Edit) 23 James Brown – Mind Power 24 Aden – Whip (Jimmy Edgar Remix) 25 Bodhi – Brawd 26 Tchami & Malaa – Prophecy 27 Martin Ikin & Low Steppa – About Time (feat. Elisabeth Troy) 28 Maya Janes Cole – Not Listening 29 Duke Dumont – I Got U (Jonas Rathsman Remix) 30 Destiny’s Child – Say My Name (Cyril Hahn Remix) 31 Dusky – Yoohoo 32 Tchami – Untrue 33 Roger Sanchez – Morning Prayer (Franky Rizardo Remix) 34 Robot Love – Numbers Station 35 Shadow Child & Doorly – Piano Weapon (Instrumental Mix) 36 Jodie Abacus – Good Feeling (KDA Remix) 37 Metro Area – Miura 38 Claude VonStroke – The Rain Break 39 Crookers – A Place In My Heart (feat. Kym Mazelle) 40 Osunlade – Envision (Chocolate Puma Remix)
Tchami has had an active year on the road, both on tour with the “Pardon My French” crew of DJ Snake, Mercer, and Malaa and throughout his extensive roster of festival appearances, including Coachella and Mad Decent Block Party. Amidst his busy performance schedule, Tchami has evidently managed to spend quality time in the studio, releasing “SIAW” in August and teaming up with his mysterious friend Malaa to produce “Prophecy” back in September.
Indicating there may be more Tchami music on the way, the DJ has announced that he will be making his first appearance on BBC Radio 1‘s coveted Essential Mix this Saturday, October 15. Tchami’s Essential Mix debut marks a major a career milestone for the DJ, who’s proven his knack for mixing broadcast sets with his own “Confession” mix series and his appearances on Diplo’s BBC radio show, “Diplo & Friends.” His two recent releases have ignited a desire for new tracks, and this weekend’s Essential Mix is sure to provide some additional insight into what’s coming next for the DJ.
Tchami’s latest release, “Prophecy,” is available to stream below.
Future house maverick Tchami and the mysterious Malaa have teamed up on a dark new track. The release, ominously titled “Prophecy,” pits layers of swirling soundscapes against a punishing 4/4 kick and a juicy, wobbling bass line. The frequent collaborators struggled to keep the song under wraps after several leaks earlier this week, deciding to officially release the track earlier today.
Released via Tchami’s Confession label, “Prophecy” is a follow up to the label boss’s first release of the year, “SIAW”. For the mysterious MALAA, the track follows a debut EPIllicit, released earlier this summer. The collaboration has naturally re-ignited furious speculations that the masked Malaa is just another moniker for Tchami or DJ Snake (or even Mercer), though it’s safe to say the anonymous producer is content keeping fans guessing for now.