#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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#MellowMonday: Petit Biscuit – ‘Sunset Lover’


   

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Petit Biscuit (less frequently known by his real name of Mehdi Benjelloun) is a French DJ and music producer, born November 10th 1999.

His song, ‘Sunset Lover’, was released in 2015 onto the music platform Soundcloud, when he was at the young age of 15. The song has been stripped back in terms of style compared to the mainstream electronica music which you frequently hear in the charts. What we are left with, is a melody that includes a simplistic yet heavily relaxing guitar line, single short notes, a basic kick drum, occasional clapping and strange yet intriguing vocals, which could be seen to mimic an infant sounding out words for the first time.

The song has now reached over 180 million streams on Soundcloud and Spotify combined, as well as it reaching No. 13 on the Hot/Dance/Electronic song chart. It can be found on his newest album titled Presence, which was released last year (2017).

“Sunset Lover is more about the chorus and verse, even if there aren’t lyrics”Petit Biscuit

I personally find that the creative rhythm, melodic presence and unique style of this song is calming, relaxing and thought provoking. I frequently listen to Petit’s music while studying or occasionally when trying to sleep in the evenings after a particularly stressful day.

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‘Sunset Lover’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/sunset-lover/1288742033?i=1288743028


#MellowMonday: Christine And The Queens – ‘Tilted’


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Although Christine and the Queens released ‘Tilted’ back in the UK in 2015, it seems like the perfect #MellowMonday track to kick off this week!

The song has had a few different incarnations but ‘Tilted’ is the one which found success in the UK, reaching the Top 20 of the UK charts when it was released.

The way Héloïse Letissier (Christine and the Queens) combines music, art, performance and videography is stunning – the translation of the song to the performance in the music video is astounding; a real masterpiece to behold.

What are your thoughts of this cool, quirky and intriguing track? Please leave your thoughts or own #MellowMonday suggestions in a comment below or via our social media, using the hashtag.

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‘Tilted’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/tilted/id1167547148?i=1167547374#


#FeelGoodFriday: Kungs vs Cookin’ On 3 Burners – ‘This Girl’


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Kungs is a French DJ and Cookin’ On 3 Burners are an Australian 3-piece who merge funk, soul and jazz.

‘This Girl’ was originally a song recorded by Cookin’ On 3 Burners but since Kungs came along and put his spin on it, it’s become massive!

The song entered the UK charts at Number 5 but went on to knock Justin Timberlake‘s ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’ off the Number 1 spot, earning it a Number 1! It’s no wonder either, the song is so summery and funky – it’s just got this awesome vibe to it and the ultimate #FeelGoodFriday song!

What do you think of this jammy little number? Loving the vibes? Please share your #FeelGoodFriday song choice with us, in a comment below too; we love new music!

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‘This Girl’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/this-girl-kungs-vs.-cookin/id1083967920


#Two4Tunesday: David Guetta – ‘Bang My Head’ featuring Sia and Fetty Wapp & LÉON – ‘Treasure’


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David Guetta – ‘Bang My Head‘ featuring Sia & Fetty Wap

French DJ and Producer, David Guetta is gearing up to re-release his album Listen (as Listen Again) in the next few weeks. This has become a trend for him, to re-release his albums, either with additional tracks, remixes and/or reworked versions of the songs.

As a part of this re-release, David Guetta has added Fetty Wap to the song, ‘Bang My Head’, alongside long-term collaborator, Sia.

The song is catchy as hell and Sia’s vocals are powerfully captivating as usual and Fetty Wap’s unusual voice adds something unique to the song. I love this!


‘Bang My Head’ is on iTunes for downloading now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/bang-my-head-feat.-sia-fetty/id1052322497?i=1052323318



LÉON – ‘Treasure’

Who is LÉON? Where has she come from?

I discovered this song on Spotify, as part of their new releases, last week. Very little is available online about her, but she’s got my interest! This song’s casual dropping of the “f-bomb” amongst it’s pop-strewn melodies is unusual and her vocals remind me of Tove Lo.

No video has been released and you can’t even purchase it on iTunes yet, but she’s got my attention!

#Two4Tunesday: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast – ‘Be Our Guest’ & Disney’s Aladdin – ‘Friend Like Me’

This week’s a special #Two4Tunesday with two massive Disney songs, taken from the sensational Beauty and the Beast and action-packed Aladdin.

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Beauty and the Beast is surely one of, if not the most memorable film Disney has ever made…surely?! It is the perfect combination of magic, darkness, beauty, beastliness, enchantment and musical-style songs.

Released in 1991, Disney’s 30th animated classic was based on a traditional French fairy tale and featured the unmistakable voice of Angela Lansbury.

‘Be Our Guest’ features the amazing Angela Lansbury and the voice of Lumière, Jerry Orbach and is the scene in which the enchanted household objects welcome Belle to the Beast’s castle. The song received nominations for Golden Globes and Academy Awards, and it’s well-deserved!


‘Be Our Guest’ is on iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/be-our-guest-from-disneys/id929718978?i=929719121


Beauty and the Beast – ‘Be Our Guest’


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‘Friend Like Me’ is taken from the 1992 Disney film, Aladdin and features the amazing vocals from the late Robin Williams. Williams used his trademark voice talents to bring many accents and interesting aspects to the song; it honestly wouldn’t have been the same without him!

The film’s soundtrack clearly reflects the Arabian style with its specific sound.

Interesting Fact: On the older version of the film (the original VHS and DVD releases) you can hear Aladdin whisper to Jasmine, during the balcony scene, “Take off your clothes”…saucy!


‘Friend Like Me’ is also available on iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/friend-like-me-from-disneys/id929718978?i=929719094


Aladdin – ‘Friend Like Me’

So concludes this week’s special Disney #Two4Tunesday! I hope you enjoy these two really great songs! Please don’t forget to share this link across your social media accounts.

Also don’t forget to check out Max’s Disney #Two4Tunesday post!

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#FeelGoodFriday: C2C – ‘Happy’

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C2C‘s ‘Happy’ is definitely a feel-good tune, hence it’s selection for today’s #FeelGoodFriday!

C2C are a group of French DJ’s who collaborated by each having their own turntable, responsible for one or two instruments in every song. This idea is very risky, in the sense that it could very easily go wrong!

However all four of them have managed to perfect this technique and come out with very original sounds, encouraging the movement of ‘scratch music’. They’ve produced one (very unique) album called “Tetr4”.

‘Happy’ is taken from this album and features Derek Martin. The song and video both have great Friday vibes (see below).

Enjoy!

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You can download ‘Happy’ from iTunes right now 😀 – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/happy-feat.-derek-martin/id588135869?i=588135880