There seems to have been no mountain too high or landmark too bold for Madeon. From the early remnants of his remix for “Raise Your Weapon” and the infamous 39-song “Pop Culture” mix back in 2011, it became very apparent that the young French artist – a composer from the age of 11 who found epiphany in Daft Punk’s Alive 2007 tour – was not playing around. Just two-years down the line, you would be hard pressed to find a young talent with a steadier finger on the pulse of modern electronic music. Now hailed for cutting edge programming from across the musical spectrum and a healthy affliction with the Novation Launchpad, his name rings with far more resonance than that of an accidental breakout propelled forward by youth and good luck.
A live dance evangelist whose technical capabilities have taken the internet and global festival circuit alike by storm, his ability to match cutting edge experiences with a sparing yet eclectic discography of releases has not done the composer lesser known as Hugo Pierre Leclercq any discredit along the way. Since exploding upon the global industry, he’s produced and written for the likes of Two Door Cinema Club, Muse, Ellie Goulding and Lady Gaga, adding a recent return to the solo-trail through “Technicolor” to assert that amid the peaks of his genre-defying activity, Madeon is one of the most essential new forces to both make and break the rules of dance music’s 360-degree industry scope. With “Technicolor” finally upon us, Dancing Astronaut caught up with the composer-turned-button pusher to unravel the anatomy of a European breakout blazing the global trail on his own unique terms.
This week’s edition of Sunday Morning Medicine is a celebration of indie dance music. While there aren’t any strict definitions as to what falls under the blanket category, it is generally recognized as the intersection between indie-alternative rock and electronica. Many of these selections may be considered more purely electronic, but hey, we’re an electronic music blog.
In the odd chance that Lemâitre’s “Cut to Black” eluded your music radar, your morning’s about to get a lot more spritely. This is one spring time anthem worth revisiting.
AMTRAC has been a long SMM favorite. His recent remix of Two Door Cinema’s “Those Days” is tastefully absorbing.
Click past the break to hear the rest of this week’s tracks, with remixes of Mayer Hawthorne, Empire of the Sun, and Olympic Ayres.
With summer in sight, it’s time liven up your playlist with sizzling sounds including Two Door Cinema Club’s take on Is Tropical’s single “Dancing Anymore.” By stringing the vocal and adding a buoyant bop, TDCC unleash a sunshine-laden indie-viber first heard on BBC Radio 1. The single is the first being unveiled from the London trio Is Tropical’s upcoming album I’m Leaving, which will be released on May 20th via French electronic music label Kitsuné.
As nu-disco continues to pick up speed, artists like Gigamesh aren’t slowing in bringing on funky productions dripping with disco-era appeal. Matt Marsuka aka Gigamesh first gained recognition for his poppy remixes, but it was his clear sense of genre fusion that caught our ear. The Minneapolis-based producer is championed for his remixes of Two Door Cinema Club, Foster The People and Katy B to name a few, but his latest output is a mastered version of his 2012 “Don’t Stop.” The new adaptation, “Don’t Stop (Version 2.0)” gives listeners a polished rendition of the already twinkling disco production. Though the updated rework does not add much when it comes to new sounds, the vocals of Jana Nyberg shine through the perfected bubbling beat. Stay tuned to Gigamesh’s soundcloud for the free download.
Click below the break to listen to “Don’t Stop (Version 2.0)” and check out the original music video for “Don’t Stop” featuring footage from the 1975 cult classic Death Race 2000 here.
Indie dance music mavens, The Knocks have delivered another sonic symphony with their remix of indie gem, “Sleep Alone.” The steady and energetic beat acts as the perfect complement to the slow-paced chorus. By utilizing a deep house aesthetic accompanied by Alex Trimble’s unique vocal cuts, these New York-based producers have created an evocative soundscape out of the Two Door Cinema Club original.