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Moon Boots – Off My Mind

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“I can’t get you off my mind, no matter what I do.”

So begins one of the funkiest tracks you’ll ever hear, Moon Boots’ “Off My Mind.” This gem came out over two years ago, and provides a nice into to what Moon Boots is all about.

“I don’t like the term nu disco,” the US-based producer said in an interview with Indieshuffle. He’s right. His music is more emotionally invested than disco, less about the party as about the sensual experience. It’s disco in the vein of “I Feel Love,” the right amount of house, a heavy dose of R&B, and a referential stability keeps us focused on the groove.

The French Express label, home to Moon Boots and contemporaries like Jonas Rathsman, Perseus and Isaac Tichauer, is the latest dance-centric crew riding a rising tide of popularity in their home niche. The artists have been steadily producing for a number of years, but fandom has just now reached critical mass, and these guys are hot. They’re booked to feature at Coachella’s highly regarded DoLab stage, and also rostered at Ultra (Miami) and Movement Electronic Festival (Detroit).

Take this track, for example: a snare-cymbol track lends it some bmore club-inspired grit, while an Aeroplaneesque lead synth purrs its way through a barrage of swirls and stabs. While some other French Express land closer to classic industrial house, Moon Boots stays comfortable in a pop mentality while paying respects to his influencers, who must include Lindstrom, Chic, and Utah Saints (the riff at 2:50 is pure “Something Good”).

A brief tangent: What will it take for this music to be truly considered “mainstream”, not in the derogatory sense, but in the sense that it’s selling well and casual music listeners are away of its existence? Indie is obsessed with the 80s, rock is less and less rebellious, and pop is dominated by rinse-and-repeat throwaways. I don’t believe it will happen with French Express, but I do believe that, within the next decade, the shift to the internet will be complete enough that the notion of mainstream will no longer apply. Corporate dollars wills till push some artists to the top, but I forsee fewer and fewer long-running, BIG bands and more of the bubble-pop cycle of genre preference we’ve been seeing since electronic music went viral in the US.

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For those who like Funk night, clubbing in Berlin, or just plain like to shake it in front of the mirror, Moon Boots is for you.

Moon Boots – Off My Mind

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Perseus – Cool Runnings

I got this song on my birthday this year, on January 23rd, and it was my musical present by producer/DJ Perseus. It unites two very important moments in music in my life — that’s what makes it special. The first one – that deep house bassline reminiscent of those late 90’s raves (they were not parties, parties are EDM events and alike). And on the other side it has that late 80’s and early 90’s vibe with the synth and drumkit work with its tropical house flavor and chopped vocals that clock around 112BPMs.

It was released by –yes, you guessed right, French Express, the coolest label of 2012 (IMHO) in December ’11. It’s important to note the Perseus is actually Leo, the head of the label. He classifies his music as “tropical euphoria” and himself as a “baby making record maker”. On the spot.

In this new era of music production and distribution the industry is as close to technology as it can ever be. Music styles and variations are almost as cyclical as an iPhone model. And this song right here –maybe because it has influences from various decades– I believe is and will be a timeless tune that always feels fresh upon hitting play.

Perseus – Cool Runnings

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Jonas Rathsman -W4W (Women 4 Weapons)

I reside in a futuristic, utopian society (in space, natch) where all music is free and all artists have the financial freedom to pursue whatever their heart desires at all times. In this dream realm, torrents, RARs, and liking Facebook pages for songs do not exist. There is also a musical Brita, through which only the finset sounds are filtered for our aural pleasure. Should this pipe dream ever become a reality, French Express and their “knights templar” will be leading the charge for #freemusic.

Aside from pricing virtually all of their music at free99 (the pillar of modern music marketing/promotion), the music blog-turned-record label also consistently puts out some top notch tunes. The label’s influences range from all over the place (think acid house to 90s R&B), which is why the sounds coming from their Cloud are a pu pu platter of vibes.

It’s all got a strong, hearty backbone of House in it. And along with his label mates Chris MalinchakPerseus, and Moon BootsJonas Rathsman has been blessing our ears with some of the freshest sounding, old-fashioned House musique given a new school twist for the last year or so.

You’ve probably (hopefully) heard the Islandy smash hit “Tobago” by now, and Rathsman has not gone to sleep since then. Instead, he’s gone deep. And take it from someone who’s been listening to a ton of Deep House lately: Rathsman gets it in.

When done right, Deep House hits your core like a well-toned woman.  The bass penetrates your soul, and everything slows down as you find yourself in a sensual groove. Rathsman adds some curves to this groove, pushing his work further with abs synths of steel and tribal vocals. The end result: a murky and deep warmth.

In this dream land, women also control the weapons. And the only aggression is the throes of love.

Jonas Rathsman – W4W

Bonus:

Jonas Rathsman – Since I Don’t Have You