• RIP Romanthony, voice of Daft Punk’s “One More Time”
• Skrillex, Baauer, and Guetta win at Billboard Awards
• First Listen: Mount Kimbie, ‘Cold Spring Fault Less Youth’
• Todd Terje Preps New 12″; Preview It Now
RIP Romanthony, voice of Daft Punk’s “One More Time”
It has been reported by Billboard that house music vocalist and producer Romanthony died earlier this month.
A DJ and producer in his own right, Romanthony (real name Anthony Moore) is best known for his vocals on anthemic dance music tracks such as ‘One More Time’ and ‘Too Long’ by Daft Punk.
The fact that the news has come on the eve of the release of Daft Punk’s latest album, ‘Random Access Memories, makes it all the more poignant.
It is believed that Romanthony passed away on May 7 at his home in Austin, Texas, which was then confirmed by his sister, Mellony Moore, through a post on Facebook.
Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo of Daft Punk said of Romanthony in an interview in 2001: “We met him at the 1996 Winter Music Conference and became friends…What’s odd is that Romanthony and Todd Edwards [who is featured on the 'Discovery' track 'Face To Face'] are not big in the United States at all. Their music had a big effect on us. The sound of their productions — the compression, the sound of the kick drum and Romanthony’s voice, the emotion and soul — is part of how we sound today. Because they mean something to us, it was much more important for us to work with them than with other big stars.”
German producer Boys Noize also expressed his grief on Twitter following the news: “It is so sad. Romanthony and me were working on such an amzing song together. He said it was the best song he had ever written.”
Watch the video for Daft Punk’s ‘One More Time’ again below to hear Romanthony’s distinctive vocals.
Skrillex, Baauer, and Guetta win at Billboard Awards
Last night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas the Billboard Music Awards took place and this year several new EDM categories were introduced.
Madonna took home the prize for Top Dance Album and Skrillex came up trumps by winning the Top EDM Album for ‘Bangarang’.
Baauer won both Top Dance Song and Top EDM Song for his world-conquering ‘Harlem Shake’.
Unsurprisingly David Guetta was given the highest EDM prize by winning Top EDM artist and he had this to say about Billboard and EDM’s sharp rise in popularity: “When they put me on the cover four years ago and said EDM would be big, I thought ‘these guys are crazy – this will never happen’ Imagine how I feel today.”
Check out the full list of winners here.
First Listen: Mount Kimbie, ‘Cold Spring Fault Less Youth’
Daft Punk caused a stir earlier this year when its members announced that they’d recorded their new album, Random Access Memories, without drum machines or computer programs. Thomas Bangalter recently told All Things Considered’s Audie Cornish that he’d wanted to glorify the “magic of human performances and possibly do a little bit of dance music at the same time.” Listen to Cold Spring Fault Less Youth here.
The British beat-making duo Mount Kimbie takes a similar, if less publicized, approach on its second album, Cold Spring Fault Less Youth (out May 28). Dominic Maker and Kai Campos fell in love with performing live during the past two years and wanted to record an album that would transfer to the stage more easily than their critically acclaimed Crooks & Lovers. (Though those songs did work pretty well at the Tiny Desk.)
The first thing that stands about Cold Spring Fault Less Youth is the traditional drum kit. Sticks, snares and cymbals pop up in several of these tracks, usually in a low-key fashion that recalls Four Tet’s early post-rock act Fridge. The addition of languid vocals, including two appearances by young British crooner King Krule, is even more jarring yet works nicely, particularly in the album’s first single, “Made to Stray.” Of course, given Mount Kimbie’s objective — a sound that translates live — the full effect of all these traditional instruments won’t be felt in these parts until the band embarks on its upcoming North American tour.
Todd Terje Preps New 12″; Preview It Now
Oslo disco obsessive Todd Terje has announced that he’ll soon follow last year’s breakout,XLR8R Pick’d It’s the Arps EP with another 12″ for his own Olsen label. Strandbar will be the third record issued by the imprint, and will feature three versions of its title track: a “Samba” on the a-side, “Disco” on the flip, and a “Bonus” version finishing off the release.Juno describes each track as sounding like a “loose limbed take on piano house,” Terje’s idea of music for the Virgin space shuttle, and a “mix which strips everything down to a DJ tool of Latin-inspired percussion,” respectively. Before the 12″ drops sometime in early June, clips of each track can be previewed here.