Norwegian alternative mob Lemâitre have been receiving a fair amount of remix attention from the European dance community. Off the heels of Fehrplay’s recent remix for “Continuum,” British indie dance trailblazer Louis La Roche is next to bring the duo’s experimental get-up into the global clubbing sound scope. Plucked from the band’s recent Relativity By Night EP, his take on “Splitting Colors” draws on a far more docile and detailed side to his consistent studio output. Still on point and surpassing the sound of Britain’s national house stereotype, Louis La Roche offers up yet another indicator of the imaginative maneuvers available to this new generation of European producers.
Now into their 22nd year of fuelling the London club circuit, the iconic Ministry of Sound has a lot of reasons to be celebrating throughout the month of September. With a spree of killer line-ups already set to see-out this very special anniversary, North American house pioneer Armand Van Helden is set to the bless the main room for a rare UK headline slot on September 28th. Rarely found outside of his sparing festival appearances, Helden is joined by British talents Sonny Wharton and disco house trailblazer Louis La Roche, both of whom have experience unprecedented success throughout the year. For an upfront house spectacle that is unlikely to end in a birthday cake to the face, tickets can now be purchase via Ministry of Sound’s official website. (more…)
Don’t be fooled by the fanciful French moniker Louis La Roche, for British disco advocate Brett Ewels is flying the flag once again for national and nostalgic nuance alike. Armed with Princess’s 1986 hit ‘Say I’m Your Number One’, the aptly titled deviation leaps from docile 80’s soul to full-blown filtered house action. A blend of melodic resonance and infectiously paced electronica, there is little desecration where the soulful original is concerned, but a wholeheartedly relevant remodel that invokes promising stamina for an artist yet to dilute the quality of his disco-tinged get-up.
Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our favorite therapeutic selections — old and new — in an attempt to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.
To help you celebrate Memorial Day Weekend, we’ve dug up our favorite 90s remixes so you can re-live your childhood, teenage years or rather just learn about the wonderful music associated with the era. To start off we have a Flight Facilities mashup of Jamiroquai’s “Virtual Insanity”, Notorious BIG’s “Hypnotize” and The Fugees “Killing Me Softly,” then off to Follow Me’s “Unpretty” TLC retake, a Drunkmaster Flex & eSenTRik remix of the late Aaliyah’s “If Your Girl only Knew,” a Viceroy version of Will Smith’s “Getting Jiggy wit it,” and ending with Michael Jackson’s “Remember the Time” redone by Louis La Roche.
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.
Best of the Rest is a daily feature from Dancing Astronaut that recaps the most important posts of the day as well as the stuff we didn’t get to. With the rapidity that dance music news and releases come out it’s difficult for us to hit everything — we hope BOTR serves as a catch-all. Make sure to check it out at the end of each day to ensure you don’t miss anything!
One of our favorite Frenchies dropped a bomb on us yesterday when he uploaded his remix of “Big Room Tech House DJ Tool Tip” or “BRTHDTT” for short. The remix represents a departure from Louis La Roche’s typical nu-disco sound and his entrance into the garage world. By cleaning up and speeding up Joy Orbison’s original track, La Roche takes listeners down a different path. Are you feeling the change in style or do you prefer his signature sound? Listen after the break. (more…)
We never thought we’d say this, but this is a Justin Bieber track that you really need to hear. Louis La Roche completely reworks Bieber’s mega hit “As Long As You Love Me” into something completely unrecognizable from the original. La Roche demonstrates his serious production skills as he chops up and warps vocal samples and layers them over an incredibly infectious deep house groove. Whether you are a Bieber fan or the furthest possible thing from it, you should take a minute to listen to this. Oh, and also the album artwork is pretty hilarious.
Louis La Roche lends his disco house sensibilities to Speech Debelle’s deep soul track “I’m With It” with spectacular results. The young British hip hop artist lends an early 90s R&B feel to the track while LLR infuses it with a disco groove that demands a second, third and fourth listen. It may not appeal to the rage-centric astronauts in our fanbase, but this is house music at its finest. If you are a big drop junkie, you owe it to yourself to give this one a listen – expand your musical palette a bit – you just might like it.
Coming off the heels of his “Gimme Gimme/ The Wall” EP, UK DJ/producer Louis La Roche gives away a free tribute to the city of Los Angeles. If you are a fan of nu disco/ french house Louis is currently your king, no one has cleaner and more playful productions than him. The beauty of nu-disco is that it is truly takes you through time, allowing you to relive elements from the 70s and 80s. With that being said, Louis does a great job of blending the past with the future and creating a whole new appeal for ‘new age’ music listeners to n-joy. This track is fun and lively, which happens to be an accurate description of Los Angeles.