#Review: Klingande – The Album

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Klingande started out as a production duo back in 2012, releasing a couple of notable tracks. However, following the departure of one half of the pair in 2014, Cédric Steinmyller chose to continue using the moniker, as a solo venture. Since then and with a string of singles and remixes under his belt, the French DJ and tropical house producer, is now releasing his debut album, The Album. Here’s what we have to say about it…

Klingande - The Album

Klingande‘s aptly-titled debut album, The Album, sees the producer putting out a double-disc record. The first of which is a body of work that sounds sonically polished and wonderfully well collected together, whilst the second disc is more a collection of the producer’s previous hits and well-known tracks.

The first disc is definitely an album that has been inspired by the likes of the late Avicii, blending real instruments with electronic elements. It would appear that there are other influences being played with too, with a real sense of the Deep South of America interwoven throughout – such as ‘Sinner’ (featuring Stevie Appleton) with country-style acoustic guitars in the verses and bluesy guitar riffs in the chorus. Or By The River’ that has slick guitars and features the raspy yet soulful vocals from Jamie N Commons. Even a harmonica finds its way onto the album (courtesy of French harmonica player, Greg Zlap) on the refreshing and rather frantic, surefire fan-favourite, ‘Ready For Love’ (also featuring vocals from UK singer-songwriter, Joe Killington).

The album opens with his latest single, ‘Amsterdam’ (the first of two collaborations with pop duo BRIGHT SPARKS) an acoustic-led, mellow dance track with a heavy underlying bass which sounds almost separate to the rest of the track, in a really interesting way. The second collaboration with BRIGHT SPARKS is previous single, ‘Messiah’ a subtle yet very catchy track, with some interesting fills, like a great dubstep-style wob-wob, leading into the final chorus.

‘Simple Man’ has some beautiful, distant gospel backing vocals, topped off with a deep lead vocal. This track is definitely a nod to his older sound, as it’s very saxophone led. Meanwhile, ‘Famous’ is quite different in tone to the rest of the album, particularly as it’s the first track on The Album to feature a female vocal.

The Album is a wonderful collection of songs that bring about an interesting new depth to dance music, making it stand out from a lot of other EDM.

Besides ‘Ready For Love’ (a personal favourite!), the final two tracks are possibly the best ones on the record. ‘Alive’ is a very positive track about things you won’t allow to get to you or defeat you and whilst the lyrics are not necessarily the deepest or most well-written, it’s catchy as hell and the message is great! Equally, closing track, ‘Only Breath’ (and the second to feature an unknown female vocal) is an airy and atmospheric song, with a synth rhythm that is pure euphoria – a wonderful track in spite of the inevitable dance drop.

The second half of The Album serves as more of a greatest hits, collating a bunch of Klingande‘s previous releases from the past few years – a time when he was more recognised for his prominent piano and saxophone use.

Whilst reviewing The Album, I chose to focus my attention mainly on the first half of the record, due to it being a more comprehensive collection of songs, however what the second half does do, is bring most of his previous releases together in one place and showcase just what growth this artist has been through, whilst the first half marks a new chapter in his career.

The Album is a wonderful collection of songs that bring about an interesting new depth to dance music, making it stand out from a lot of other EDM, but at its core, still uses tried, tested and much-loved dance sensibilities. This is a record that will be enjoyed by people of all ages and could quite easily be the perfect party companion. Given the growth demonstrated on this record, it’ll be interesting to see what direction Klingande goes in next!

Rating
4


‘The Album’ is out now and can be downloaded from iTunes – https://music.apple.com/gb/album/the-album/1484567866


The Album on Spotify

Amsterdam featuring Bright Sparks (Official Lyric Video)

Messiah featuring Bright Sparks (Official Video)

By The River featuring Jamie N Commons (Official Video)

Jubel (Official Video)


We hope you’ve enjoyed our review! What do you think of the producer’s debut album? What would you rate it out of 5? Please leave your thoughts in a comment or via our social media and feel free to share our review.


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#MuzikSpeaks: An Interview with Life Of Dillon (2017)

The Life Of Dillon boys took the time to catch up with Matt again and chat about their latest single, ‘Sex For Breakfast’, their plans to continually keep releasing music and how they came to be a duo now. It’s all below…


   

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It’s been a while since our first interview with Life Of Dillon, but the boys took the time to catch up with us again and fill us in with all the things they’ve been up to since we last spoke.

They’ve released two new tracks, Sex For Breakfast‘ and Rocks‘ and talked about their plans to continually keep releasing new music; who they’d like to collaborate with and how they came to be a duo now. It’s all here…


What have you been up to since our last interview with you?
It’s hard to keep track. We’re always making music. That’s #1. We write, produce and record almost everything in our home studio… but beyond that we’ve been focusing on our music videos. We are heavily involved in the creation and direction, and have been wearing many different hats over the last couple years in order to get our vision across. – Joe

We loved your first EP, Prologue, and now your new single ‘Sex For Breakfast’ is blowing up, but what everyone is dying to know is, is there more new music in the pipeline? If so, when can we expect it?
We have tons of music. It doesn’t take David and I that long to write songs. A lot of the greatest ideas come from real life experiences or are at least inspired by them… so when you are inspired they just pour out of you. The production of the songs usually takes a little longer, we’re perfectionists so we like to make sure its right. But to answer your question… yes! We have more music coming out next month and will be putting songs out on the regular… We took a little break after our EP came out because we wanted to take some time to grow musically. Things happened so quickly with the last launch that it was all a little overwhelming and we got lost in a whirl wind of events. Coming from our home in London making music to traveling the world playing to crowds of 15k+ was a trip to say the least. Now we’re much more comfortable in our surroundings and we’re ready to share the songs we’ve been working on for the last couple years. – Joe

Will there be an album in 2017? If so, any ideas of a name yet?
We are not concerned with albums. It’s really just music… and we are putting them out song by song. When it feels right, we’ll focus on an album. But for the time being, we’re happy to share as much of our music as we can. – David

Have you got to write/record with anyone cool?
Joe and I write/record/produce pretty much everything by ourselves, but we did do this one random session like 6 years ago with Diana Ross’ son, Evan. Joe’s brother was a producer signed to SonyATV and he had a session booked with him, and because the session was in our house, Joe and I sorta jumped in unannounced and we wrote a song together! We recently linked up out here in LA and are looking to collab on some more music together with Evan and his wife Ashlee Simpson. Another cool dude we’ve been writing with recently is this kid AJ Mitchell. Super down to earth guy and has pipes for days! – David

It appears that there’s just the two of you now, how are you finding being a duo?
Truth be told, not too much has changed. My brother, Robert, still works with us. But just on other projects now. We have all always made music together. We did this for years and when we got signed, David and I were living in a separate house to Robert… He was actually in another band, but we decided to do things together because we’re family. Being a an artist takes a lot of focus and dedication, which can take you away from the things you love; the writing, being in the studio, friends, family. When we got off tour, we all spoke about it and decided to split mutually. My brother is in the studio now, working on his own sound and making music that really lets his talent as a producer shine. David and I are just doing what we’ve always done. – Joe

If you could collaborate with any band or artist, who would it be and why?
I don’t really watch too many artists. I’m so focussed on my own writing that I don’t really listen to a lot of other people often. Though we were asked this question the other day and I said I’m a straight up fan of Chance the Rapper. I love his flow, his voice and his message. I’d really like to work with a rapper, I think it would bring a cool dynamic to what we do. – Joe
Big John Mayer fan, his songs are on point…jamming with him in the studio would be dope! – David

If a film were to be made about your lives, who would you want to play you and why?
Denzel Washington. He’s just a cool Motherfucker. – Joe
Leonardo DiCaprio. Have you seen ‘The Revenant’? The guy wrestles a bear!! – David

Are there any plans to tour the UK soon?
We have a few things lining up, but we can’t reveal anything yet. We will be playing local venues in LA so keep up with us to see where those will be! – David

Thanks again to the Life Of Dillon boys for taking the time to catch up with us and allow us to do another interview with them.


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#FeelGoodFriday: Life Of Dillon – ‘Rocks’


   

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As you probably already gathered, we’re huge fans of Life Of Dillon and their brand of acoustic house blended with pop and cool, unique banjo sounds.

Their latest single, Sex For Breakfast, was a big hit with fans and this song looks set to be a big hit too! This single sees the duo return to a similar style found on their debut EP, Prologue, and is sure to capture people’s attention, just as much as their debut single, Overload.

No music video has been released yet but hopefully something will be posted soon; we’ll keep you updated on this!

Check out our interview with the band too!

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‘Rocks’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/rocks-single/id1207423338


#FeelGoodFriday: Life Of Dillon – ‘Sex For Breakfast’


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As a huge fan of Life Of Dillon, we’re incredibly excited to see that they have released a brand new single today, ‘Sex For Breakfast’. What’s more; it’s perfect for #FeelGoodFriday!

The song is catchy, current and filled with all the ingredients of a mega pop song – high-pitched vocals, big choruses, superb harmonies, sex and oodles of fun.

The video is edgy and a long way from their previous release, Overload, but it’s a good progression! The drug imagery could be considered somewhat controversial, however it adds to the intrigue of the video.

What are your thoughts of Life Of Dillon’s latest release? Are you excited for an album? What would you choose for #FeelGoodFriday? Leave your thoughts or song suggestions in a comment below or chat to use via our social media.

Also, check out our interview with the band – here.

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‘Sex For Breakfast’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/sex-for-breakfast-single/id1193357484


#MuzikSpeaks: An Interview with Life Of Dillon (2015)



So, here we are with another interview; this time with the incredible acoustic house trio Life Of Dillon!

Having released their debut single, Overload, earlier this year, the band look set for great things, with their album due out later in the year.

The guys were a real pleasure to chat to; they were down-to-earth, genuine and kind. They showed not only an interest in the questions but even turned some of them on me, which was brilliant!

Continuing from the tradition set in our previous Zebrahead and Frankmusik interviews, we asked Life Of Dillon to take part in a game of ‘Would You Rather…?’ with 3 different, usual levels; Tame (#WYRtame), Awkward (#WYRawkward) and WTF?! (#WYRwtf).

I hope that you guys will have as much fun watching this interview as I did filming it and please, please share this video on your social media accounts! 

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#Two4Tunesday: Taio Cruz – ‘Do What You Like’ & Life Of Dillon – ‘Overload’

The return of Taio Cruz and what’s bound to be a summer smash for newbies, Life Of Dillion, we bring you #Two4Tunesday!

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Let’s start with Taio Cruz! Mr Cruz has been absent from UK attention for approximately a couple of years but in the past week, has released a comeback single, Do What You Like. This new song follows the current 80s vibe coursing through the chart’s veins and does it with style.

Taio’s last UK album release was back in 2009, with his second album, Rokstarr, however he has had a third album since (TY.O), but it never saw the light of day, in its entirety, in the UK and his last single release was 2 years ago.

He has stated that the album format as we know it, is “outdated” and explained that he will be releasing “singles collections” in the future, in order to keep music fresh and constant. This particular single is taken from a collection he is calling ‘Roses’ – I’m looking forward to hearing more from him in the near future.

Taio Cruz – ‘Do What You Like’



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Next up are UK newcomers, Life Of Dillon, who describe themselves as Acoustic House. Their sound is very dance-infused, acoustic pop with quite a fresh new sound. I am very excited about this release as I think it’s going to be a potential summer belter!

The trio have been working on their sound over the past couple of years and are gearing up to release this debut single and forthcoming EP, Prologue in the coming weeks.

I am predicting big things for this group – watch this space!

Life Of Dillon – ‘Overload’


Splendid #Two4Tunesday to all – we hope you’re having a super-fantastic day! Please leave a comment below with your two favourite tracks this week, and also share the link to this post on your social medias. Thanking you kindly!

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