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New Audio: French DJ and Producer Delon Releases an Ibiza-like Banger

Greg Delon is an acclaimed NÎmes, France-based, self-taught DJ and producer, who is best known in French and international electronic music circles as Delon. Over the past 25 years, the French DJ and producer has been extremely busy.

He founded Apéro Techno, a night at Nimes-based club paloma that features an eclectic array of French producers and DJs — and part of the A-Nimé Festival Association (of which he’s the president)
He’s the founder and head of Way of House Records, a French house music/electronic music label.

elon’s latest single “Sorry” is a sleek and sensual banger centered around shimmering synth melodies, a soulful vocal sample, skittering pads, thumping beats and a euphoric hook. The end result is a summery, Ibiza meets 90s take on deep house.

New Video: JOVM Mainstay Genesis Owusu Returns with a Pulsating and Uneasy Banger

2017’s debut EP Cardrive found Ghanian-born, Canberra, Australia-based, 20-something artist Genesis Owusu — born Kofi Owusu-Anash — quickly establishing himself as a perpetually restless genre-blurring chameleon with an ability to conjure powerful and deeply personal storytelling in diverse forms. Cardive EP eventually garnered an ARIA Award nomination for Best R&B/Soul Release and praise from Sir Elton John (!), NME, i-D, mixmag and others. Adding to a growing profile across Australia, Owusu has opened for Dead Prez, Col3trane, Sampa The Great, Cosmo’s Midnight, Noname, Animé, Ruel and others. 

Last year, the rising Ghanian-born, Aussie-based artist released a handful of highly-celebrated singles including the fiery mosh-pit friendly banger “Whip Cracker” and the ARIA Award-nominated smash hit “Don’t Need You,” which quickly became the #1 most played song on triple J radio — and since then has received airplay in the UK on both BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 6 and here in the States on KCRW, KUTX, The Current and Alt98. Those singles prominently appear on Owusu-Anash’s critically applauded full-length debut Smiling With No Teeth.

Smiling With No Teeth is performing what the world wants to see, even if you don’t have the capacity to do so honestly,” Owusu explains in press notes. “Slathering honey on your demons to make them palatable to people who only want to know if you’re okay, if the answer is yes. That’s the idea, turned into beautiful, youthful, ugly, timeless and strange music.” Each of the album’s 15 tracks can trace their origins back to studio jam sessions with a backing band that features Kirin J. Callinan, Touch Sensitive’s Michael DiFrancesco, World Champion‘s Julian Sudek and the album’s producer Andrew Klippel. 

ver the course of the past six months, I’ve written about three of Smiling With No Teeth’s singles:

“The Other Black Dog,” a mind-bending production that meshed alternative hip-hop, industrial clang, clatter, rattle and stomp, off-kilter stuttering beats and wobbling synth arpeggios that was roomy enough for Owusu-Anash’s breathless, rapid-fire and dense flow. Managing to balance club friendliness with sweaty, mosh pit energy, the song is a full-throttled nosedive into madness that reminds me of the drug and booze fueled chaos of ODB, and the menace of DMX.
“Gold Chains,” a brooding yet seamless synthesis of old school soul, G Funk and Massive Attack-like trip hop centered around shimmering and atmospheric synths, stuttering boom bap beats, squiggling blasts of guitar and the rising Ghanian-born, Canberra-based artist’s Mos Def/Yasiin Bey-like delivery, alternating between spitting dense and dexterous bars and crooning with an achingly tender falsetto. “‘Gold Chains’ got me thinking about the flaws of being in a profession where, more and more, you have to be the product, rather than just the provider of the product, and public misconceptions about how luxurious that is,” Owusu-Anash explains in press notes. “Lyrically, it set the tone for the rest of the album.” 
“Same Thing,” a jolting and uneasy future funk banger centered around shimmering synth arpeggios, skittering beats, bursts of Nile Rodgers-like guitar, a propulsive bass line and infectious hook serving as a silky bed for Owusu’s alternating dexterous and densely worded bars and soulful crooning. But at its core is an unflinchingly honest — and necessary — view of mental health struggles.

that take the already established world-building groundwork of the album, and expand that universe into new and unexplored places. These are all tracks that I felt were special in their own right and needed to be shared. This is music without boundaries.”

house, hip-hop and future soul centered around skittering, tweeter and woofer rocking beats, synth arpeggios. industrial clang and clatter paired with Owusu-Anash’s silky falsetto. The track conveys a restless and uneasy energy while being a pure banger.

Directed by directing duo VERSUS (Jason Sukadana and Tanya Babic), the recently released video or “The Fall” was shot in Australia’s Phoenix Central Park, an innovative space for collaboration and live exchange. Throughout the entire video, we see Owusu-Anash bound, restricted or hemmed in. At points we see him desperately attempting to escape and at others, he accepts it. But you can’t help but observe the rising Aussie’s larger-than-life energy and intensity. “There was a real sense of symbiosis on this project, when we first met with Kofi our ideas for the film meshed perfectly with the themes in a track he had just recorded,” VERSUS co-director, Jason Sukadana says. “When Kofi is in the room, you know you are in the presence of greatness. He’s truly one in a billion. His immense talent and groundbreaking vision will resound for generations,” co-director Tanya Babic adds.

New Audio: JOVM Mainstay LutchamaK Returns with a Larry Levan-like Banger

There are few artists I’ve written about as much over the past 18-20 months than the frenetically prolific French electronic music producer and JOVM mainstay LutchamaK. During that same 18-20 month period, LutchamaK has released an increasingly eclectic array of material — through EPs, albums and standalone singles — that have found him bouncing around effortlessly between different electronic music styles, genres and sub-genres. 

career: he started the year with Pi, a full-length album written and recorded in a three-month inspired burst that resulted in some of the darkest and heaviest material he has released to date. He followed that up with Quest EP, which featured experimental yet melodic material. A few months later, he dropped the four-song EP Rapscallion. which featured the Radioactivity-era Kraftwerk meets 90s techno-like “James Blitz 007.” 

French producer and JOVM adds another release to a wildly prolific year, the 11 song album Seven Hybrids. A few hours ago, I wrote about the hypnotic club banger “Moonbright.” The album’s second and latest single “Davaï” is a straightforward yet crowd pleasing and hypnotic banger that’s deeply indebted to Larry Levan-era house music: skittering tweeter and woofer rocking beats and a sultry mantra-like vocal sample are paired with dense layers of wobbling synth arpeggios.

New Audio: JOVM Mainstay LutchamaK Releases a Melodic, Deep House Banger

There are few artists I’ve written about as much over the past 18-20 months than the frenetically prolific French electronic music producer and JOVM mainstay LutchamaK. During that same 18-20 month period, LutchamaK has released an increasingly eclectic array of material — through EPs, albums and standalone singles — that have found him bouncing around effortlessly between different electronic music styles, genres and sub-genres.

far, 2021 has been among the most productive and prolific of the JOVM mainstay’s career: he started the year with Pi, a full-length album written and recorded in a three-month inspired burst that resulted in some of the darkest and heaviest material he has released to date. He followed that up with Quest EP, which featured experimental yet melodic material. A few months later, he dropped the four-song EP Rapscallion. which featured the Radioactivity-era Kraftwerk meets 90s techno-like “James Blitz 007.”

The French producer and JOVM adds another release to a wildly prolific year, the 11 song album Seven Hybrids. The album’s first single “Moonbright” is a hypnotic and expansive 90s-inspired deep house banger centered around skittering, tweeter and woofer rocking beats, glistening synth arpeggios, atmospheric electronics and a melodic, almost pop-leaning sensibility.

Wojmann is a mysterious and emerging French electronic music producer and electronic music artist with a rather unique and interesting back story: Born somewhere in Southern France during the late 20th century, the emerging French artist suffered from a severe case case of amnesia, a case that has essentially erased his past. Found in front of a small Provence town’s public pool last April, the only memories that Wojmann seems to have is a haunting rhythm in his head that he tries to transcribe to music. 

Acclaimed French electronic label Sinners released the mysterious French producer’s debut EP Vars earlier this year. Building upon a growing profile in the electronic music scene, Wojmann has quickly followed up with the OT EP. The EP’s A-side single, title track “OT” is an expansive and cinematic take on deep house centered around layers of shimmering and arpeggiated synths, an insistent motorik groove and tweeter and woofer rocking beats. Sonically the song — to my ears at least — reminds me of bit of Tour de France and Computerworld-era Kraftwerk.

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Kennedy One is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer and radio show host, who has developed and honed a cinematic take on electronic music. As a ghostwriter, Kennedy One’s material has received airplay globally, as well as placements on film and television. Interestingly, Kennedy One recently stepped out into the limelight as a slo artist with the release of his full-length debut, last year’s Metropolis.

Thematically, Metropolis‘s material is an introspective journey that tackled the challenges of leaving the past behind in search of something new — most often a path that is often taken alone. Since the release of Metropolis, the rising multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer has been busy: earlier this year, he released the chart topping collaboration with Shelley Harland “Calling You” through Black Hole’s Avanti.

His latest single “Drive” was released through Symphonic today — and the track, which is centered around glistening synth arpeggios, a relentless motorik groove, skittering, tweeter and woofer rocking beats and a chopped up vocal sample reminds me quite bit of a slick synthesis of Between Two Selves-era Octo Octa and Tour de France-era Kraftwerk. And as a result, the song manages to evoke being on the road late night and being hypnotized by the white lines ahead of you.

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New Audio: Polish Producer and Singer/Songwriter SOUNDQ Releases a Woozy Banger

who performs as SOUNDQ (shortened from Soundquake) and has developed a reputation for crafting dizzyingly innovative, alternative dance and outsider pop that sonically draws from house, drum ‘n’ bass, IDM and even contemporary pop. Thematically though, his work generally focuses on the dynamics of interpersonal struggle, the vagaries and cruelties of fate, power imbalances. And as a result, his work manages to be heady and forward-thinking yet accessible, propulsive and dance floor friendly.

Released earlier this year, “Disco Turrista Antifascita” is centered around a brash and infectious production featuring skittering, tweeter and woofer rocking beats, shimmering synth arpregios, a rousingly anthemic hook, and Kubica’s dreamy falsetto. But underneath the club rocking vibes, the song as the rising Polish producer explains “is an encouragement to go ut there — back into the wild world. Even if it’s gotten a lot wilder while we were locked inside. It’s a rallying cry in times of confidence depletion. Don’t take things for granted. Be cautious and watchful. You have every right to be pissed off with the turn the world has taken. You have every right to be scared. But it’s your world, and you can’t let the loud ones take it from you. Don’t get bullied. Don’t get hurt. Don’t engage in physical contact. You’ll be fine.”

New Audio: JOVM Mainstay LutchamaK Releases a Euphoric Banger

There are few artists I’ve witten about as much over the past 18-20 months than the frenetically prolific French electronic music producer, artist and JOVM mainstay LutchamaK. And during that same period, LutchamaK has released an increasingly eclectic array of material — through EPs, albums and standalone singles — that see him bouncing around endlessly between different electronic music styles, genres and sub-genres.

2021 may the the most productive and prolific year to date for the JOVM mainstay: he started this year with Pi, a full-length album written and recorded in a three month burst that may be among the darkest and heaviest he has released. He quickly followed that up with Quest EP, an effort that featured experimental but melodic material.

The JOVM mainstay continues on an insanely prolific period with yet another four-song EP, Rapscallion. Clocking in at a radio friendly 3:36, the EP’s first single “James Blitz 007” is a slickly produced synthesis of Radioactivity-era Kraftwerk, 90s house and techno and drum ‘n’ bass featuring tweeter and woofer rattling beats, chopped up vocal samples and euphoric hook that invites the listener to get up and dance.

New Video: Berlin-based DJ and Producer Dan Curtin Releases a Trippy Visual for Hypnotic “Soul System”

American-born, Berlin-based producer and DJ Dan Curtin released his latest effort Soul System EP through Sound of Berlin earlier this year. Meshing elements of several different electronic music genres and sub-genres, ranging from house, funk, […]

Live Footage: French Producer Aalston Performs “Crystal” for Session Sauvage

Aalston is a rising French electronic music producer, who has developed and honed a unique, melodic and deeply personal take on techno music with releases through Sinners, Teho’s Labo T, Soul Button‘s Steyoyoke — and he’s played with the likes of Extrawelt, Teho and Kiasmos. 

Last year, as a result of pandemic-related lockdowns, quarantines and restrictions, the rising French electronic music producer focused on writing and recording new material, which included the “Serene”/”Reverse” 7 inch and “Failure.” Building upon the buzz of those singles, Aalson’s latest single “Crystal” reveals an artist, who has been pushing his sound and approach in new directions while retaining the essential elements that have won him attention international. Centered around layers of shimmering synth arpeggios, skittering beats, the remarkably cinematic “Crystal” focuses on slowly adding texture and gradation with a deliberate and painterly quality while being completely improvised. The end result is a song that’s club friendly yet mesmerizing.

“I challenged myself with the idea of writing through jamming, improvising on my machines, without using the computer,” the rising French producer explains. “It’s a very  instinctive method that allowed me to go beyond the Ableton grid and codes. It was also the occasion for me to try out a new rhythmical structure based on the Drum & Bass genre. I actually decided to record the first take and forbade myself to ever re-record it in order to protect the spontaneity of that take. I felt so many emotions on the first record, it was quite a special moment of shivers and even tears, the experience was really powerful.”

Shot by PatandPatate, Session Sauvage finds Aalson performing the song on the cliffs of the gorgeous French coast.