October 02 2015
Duke Dumont has launched the first installment of his Blasé Boys Club EP series, with Part 1 out todayvia etcetc/Virgin EMI. Alongside this Duke has unveiled the video for his latest single 'Ocean Drive'.
The fittingly titled Blasé Boys Club - also the moniker for Duke's record label and collective of like-minded artists - will see a series of EP releases featuring brand new tracks from the super producer, chart topper and two-time Grammy nominee.
It's a new stage in the incredible journey made by Dumont – albeit one has that has been quietly unassuming. With the ubiquitous nature of house music in today's chart landscape, it's easy to forget that when his breakthrough single 'Need U (100%)' soared to number 1 in the UK in 2013, it became the first UK house track to do so in over a decade, reaching Gold certification in both the UK and Australia, and opening a gap for deep house to prosper on a new scale.
Dumont repeated that success nine months later with his next single, 'I Got U', that again topped the UK singles chart. When his third big single 'Won't Look Back' rose to number 2 in the UK whilst topping the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart, Dumont's name as a top ten producer was cemented.
Blasé Boys Club Part 1kicks off with new single 'Ocean Drive', a slinky and majestic pop jam that conjures nocturnal visions of a lost scene from Nicolas Winding Refn's 2011 film Drive,while boasting the kind of infectious and stirring melody that is Duke at his most quintessential. Next up is 'Robert Talking' which features legendary 80s house vocalist Robert Owens, a grooving 8-minute disco track is like Dumont's very own homage to Daft Punk's epic 'Giorgio'. Elsewhere, 'Melt' backdrops yearningly soulful vocals with a pacific house groove, showcasing a more atmospheric facet of his production. The EP comes full circle with the aforementioned transatlantic smash and festival staple 'Won't Look Back'.
The EP release comes hot on the heels of Duke's recent slots at Coachella and Wireless festivals this year which saw him unveil an all new live show, stepping out from behind the decks and firmly into the limelight. Duke Dumont will be bringing his new live show to Australia later this year for the national Stereosonic festival. Watch a preview of Duke's spectacular live show here.
Blasé Boys Club Part 1 track list:
1. Ocean Drive
2. Robert Talking
4. Won't Look Back