Disco and House infused hit-maker Duke Dumont has announced a series of new EP releases on Blasé Boys Club; the first one being cleverly titled Blasé Boys Club Part 1. The EP series looks set to replace the traditional album format for the Duke (so don’t expect a full length release anytime soon, just queue up those EPs) and the première release is set to feature legendary ’80s house vocalist, Fingers Inc. member Robert Owens on a track called Robert Talking. That’s not on this track though, although we guess it is possibly Robert singing on this one too, it does sound a bit like him (although more glossy and 21st century), anyway this is Ocean Drive.
Ocean Drive is Duke Dumont’s foray into the world of 80s Boogie. Heavy with digital Funk basslines and a warm Italo Disco tempo. The bassline is the killer app here, a springy and comforting slab of robo Disco. Accompanying that is clouds of lush, easy keys and a relaxed, but passionate, vocal with lots of driving metaphors. This one is a laid back monster for lazy summer days. Great stuff.
In exchange for the remix of Tensnake’s Love Sublime byLondon based Disco breakout star Duke Dumont, the German Housemeister has in turn’s performed reMix duties on Dumont’s forthcoming new single I Got U. The track features Jax Jones on vocals and has been making some serious waves since it premièred in December. Tensnake gives it a serious House workout.
We can imagine this one being big over the summer, over festival season. It’s got that big, hypnotic, crowd pleasing House sound. Bass heavy and relentless whilst still keeping the original’s groove. A robotic funk jam, riding on a monster synth bass and a Chicago beat. Just the kind of tune to loose yourself to in a field somewhere.
♫ Duke Dumont (Feat. Jax Jones) – I Got U (Tensnake reMix)
German House producer Tensnake’s Love Sublime dropped late last year. The symphonic Disco track was the first taste we had of what to expect from the mans début album, Glow, which is set for a March release. Not content with letting the track lie, some tasty reMixes are on the way, first up being this warehouse monster from one of the UK’s current darlings Duke Dumont.
The Duke keeps things purely House based with this growling rework. That bassline is just dominating; warping it’s way though the track, giving it a dark edge that contrasts nicely with the big vocals and lush piano line. Big beats, deep bass, and a relentless groove, what more do you need form a late night floorfiller? The sparking synths are just the icing on the cake. A storming reMix.
♫ Tensnake (Feat. Nile Rodgers & Fiora) – Love Sublime (Duke Dumont reMix)
Tensnake’s Love Sublime is released in March equipped with remixes from Duke Dumont, Ewan Pearson and Le Youth.
I Got You is to be the next single from one of this years breakout stars, Duke Dumont. The Duke rolled up to the Annie Mac show over the weekend to début the track and although it’s not in any way summer, this one will put a little holiday groove in your heart. Featuring vocals from Jax Jones with a little help from Whitney Houston, I Got You is due out next year.
We say it’s summery, because it’s filled to brimming point with Tropical sounds, both the purcussion and the synths instil the track with Island vibes. The combination of vocals (live and sample) would seem on paper to be strange bedfellows, but it all works out swimmingly. Throw in a deep, deep, grumbling bassline and some hard hitting piano stabs and you’ve got all the trappings of a future floorfilling classic.
♫ Duke Dumont (Feat. Jax Jones) – I Got U (Radio Rip)
This is Hold On, British producer Duke Dumont’s follow up to his chart topping previous single Need You (100%). Whereas the Need You featured the vocals of A*M*E, this time it’s A*M*E’s old school friends MNEK’s turn to step up to the mic, because the London Pop/House producer scene is getting so incestuous and it had to be done. With his last offering hitting number one in the UK charts, expectations are high for this cut.
Swaying a lot more toward the soulful and the House than the post-Disco Boogie/Chicago House mix of Need You, Hold On is more thoughtful. A smoother, more laid back sound is presented here with slick beats and warm tones underpinning MNEK’s vocal ensemble-esque performance as it rides the double-tap snare. Gorgeous vocals and sumptuous production could land Dumont his second smash hit.
It’s the video for Duke Dumont’s awesome Discoy, Housey, A*M*E featuring, new single Need U (100%).
This is what happens if you’ve got a stomach full of House!
While you’re here, check out secret Disco lover Skream’s Boogie filled remix of the track. Loaded with a surprising amount of 80s flair, there’s neither a grimy bassline or an aggressive beat in sight. Pure smooth Electric Soul vibes.
♫ Duke Dumont (Feat. A*M*E) – Need U (100%) (Skreamix)
Duke Dumont & A*M*E’s Need U (100%) is released 31st March with reMixes from Waves & Odyssey and Skream.
Here’s a cheeky little bootleg from London based Italian TurboFunker Birdee. He’s taken the time to rework on his favourite tunes of 2012, Duke Dumont’s The Giver. In his own words: “Duke Dumont’s The Giver is one of my favourite tracks of 2012 – I love the vibe of it and the vocal is incredibly intense. I liked the remix package, but I thought a disco rework would have complemented it perfectly…so here it is. Just a little homage to a great producer and a great tune. Hope you enjoy it!”.
The original version of the tune has a deep House vibe and a hypnotic groove with some wonderful dancefloor moments, but Birdee takes all that, ditched it, and morphs the track into a full-on beach party Disco anthem. With a looping Disco hook, pounding drums and a really sweet build Birdee keep the energy levels high and dancefloors destroyed.