Renowned French producer Fred Falke is always in-demand. Whether he is working with singer Ellie Goulding, indie rock band Grizzly Bear, or on his own material, Falke is known (and coveted) for bringing a level of detail and energy to his work that few else can. His latest remix, a new take on the song “90,” by Moscow pop band Pompeya, is a prime example of his ability to inject a track with shining, joyous energy. What starts as a simple vocal snippet and guitar lick soon explodes into a full-blown disco jam, complete with the full vocal performance and sweet, soaring melody line. Flourishes of production and a warm-and-fuzzy synthesizer on the chorus bring the whole tune together into syrupy, blissful harmony.
Frenchman Fred Falke has been at the forefront of the French house movement since his first release alongside Alan Braxe thirteen years ago. Since then the multi-talented producer has worked with and remixed for U2, Ellie Goulding, Lykke Li, La Roux and more. Dedicated to creating entrancing soundscapes in place of punchy drops, Falke’s Axis installment is a disco-laced stroll through rolling progressions and funky bass lines. Opening with his filter cut collaboration with Tangerine Dream “Dancin,” Falke makes his intent known early on and continues to keep things light and groove friendly throughout the hour long mix. Falke showcases his rework of Daft Punk’s “Give Life Back to Music” alongside his own “Aurora” before touching on cuts from Pete Heller, DJ Sneak, Tori Amos and even Kanye West. Of course his stand out collaboration with The Knocks “Geronimo” makes an appearance here, adding just the right amount of bounce to initiate the laid back mix’s grand finale – a one-two punch from Squarepusher’s “Tommib” and his own touched up rendition of Theophilus London’s “Love is Real.”
France’s Fred Falke known for on onslaught of optimistic, groovy remixes has taken on “Sunny Days,” the first single off Costa Rica’s Patterns’ debut album Dangerous Intentions. Released via label Killing Machine, the tracks serves as an indie dance keystone using 70s disco influence to ride out the perfect summer vibe. There is truly nothing better than indie dance to put you in a blissful, relaxed mood and Falke maintains his blemish free catalog with his take on “Sunny Days.”
Enroute to what looks to be one of their busiest summers on record, sisterly Aussie duo Nervo sees latest solo offering “Hold On” receive its first run of remixes from a mixed bag of eclectic club assets. Led with the punchy peak time resonance we have come to expect from Angger Dimas, the other side of the coin is filled considerably well by French heavyweight Fred Falke, whose warm and melodic knack for modern electronica proves an immediate highlight to the package. With Loudpvck extending the original to a tainted canvas of trap beats and high-end leads, Nervo’s universal appeal is tested with considerable force courtesy of this promising package picked from across global club land. (more…)
Want an easy way to make sure you are up to date on all the latest, best music? Dancing Astronaut takes a look at the top 10 tracks officially released in April and ranks them based on a combination of reader feedback, track quality, editorial preference & critical reception.
Dancing Astronaut wraps up April for you with another edition of our top 10 tracks of the month. April’s list features massive tracks from reader favorites Daft Punk, Showtek, Pryda and more. Not to be missed are also fantastic efforts from Sebjak, Marcus Schossow, Alesso, Dirty South, and more. Click past the break for our top 10 tracks of April!
One of the champions of the French house sound, Fred Falke, takes on Nervo’s latest original “Hold On” injecting the mix with a hearty dose of glowing synthesis. Known for his beautifully composed productions, Falke was previously responsible for our favorite remix of Nero’s “Reaching Out” and the talented Frenchman approaches “Hold On” with similar poise and sophistication. Delicately reworking the original with buzzing lo-fi synthwork and charming melodies, Falke transforms Liv and Mim’s original into a silky smooth outing suitable for mellow afternoons and summer sunsets.
French house doesn’t get a lot of mainstream love these days, but it’s still my favorite flavor of house music. It’s a style that’s all about focusing on a catchy riff (either by sampling or by one’s own creation), adding effects, bending the pitch, and, most commonly, filtering the living daylights out of it (it has been described by some as “filter house,” after all), all while using a variety of looping sequences to keep the groove moving. The French house sound came into maturity at around the same time Daft Punk began to hit their stride; this was in the late ‘90s, during the “Homework” era in Daft Punk chronology. Not to mention that Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo were true titans of the genre as solo artists themselves, using their own platforms (Roulé and Crydamoure, respectively) to dish out quality music with panache.
Don’t judge a book by its cover. And in this case, don’t judge a track by its name. The original OneRepublic track is a traditionally pop-rock tune that you may not find yourself listening to with any regularity. Enter Fred Falke. The French producer infuses the track with some proper house beats, giving it a disco feel that’s much more to our liking.
Falke is pretty much a veteran on the EDM scene, making music since 2000 and delivering remixes of pop songs for about as long. His recent album release Part IV, which features the track “Aurora,” should give you a nice taste of Fred’s style. And if you’re fiending for more, you can also check out his Soundcloud page.
Southern Californian tropical disco maestro Goldroom put his signature good vibes touch on Australian indie band Atlas Genius’s “Back Seat” in a free download released on his Soundcloud page yesterday. With the rework, the track transforms from a sprightly indie jam out session to an even more atmospheric disco tune. Atlas Genius’s first single, “Trojans,” (originally released in May 2011) got the rework from talent like Fred Falke, Lenno, and Xaphoon Jones and now it only seems to be a matter of time before other producers follow in Goldroom’s wake and take a stab at this track as well. Get that free download hook up after the break.
It is almost impossible to keep up with the constant influx of new music that hits our inboxes here at Dancing Astronaut but that doesn’t mean we won’t try our best to keep our loyal readers on the pulse of everything dance music related. There were two huge event announcements today from Goldenvoice and Insomniac, a unique remix of an indie classic from Robbie Rivera, a making of video featuring two of the most beautiful women in dance music today, some nu-disco gems and a radio show from none other than Thomas Gold. Read on after the break for the Best of the Rest from Tuesday, July 17th 2012.