Tag Archives: electronic music

Madeon, “Imperium”

Since July 7th, 2011 —the date when Madeon’s 38-song sampler, “Pop Culture,” was first uploaded onto Youtube—the 20-year old DJ has steadily been on the rise. Between remixing deadmau5 songs, performing at major Music Festivals, and working on Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP, Hugo Pierre Leclercq has had little time to release more than just a handful of singles and an attempted E.P.

This hard-hitting floor stomper, however, marks a major change in the young producer’s career; “Imperium” is Madeon’s battle cry of a lead single from his much-anticipated debut album:

“’Imperium’ is probably one of the hardest sounding songs I’ve made. . .It was inspired by the past couple of years of touring around the world. My intention was to write something that was fueled by the energy of dance music but with a narrative element. It doesn’t sound like anything else on the album yet it’s an important part of it, it’s the transition between two phases. I wanted to capture the feeling of ‘confidently walking into adversity.” — Madeon, On “Imperium”

True to the latin phrase, Madeon storms into the last quarter of 2014 with a synth anthem for the masses. Madeon blends sax samples, brass riffs, and squelchy synth stabs into a 3-minute electro-stomp that never risks too much repetition. The tracks mainstay, however, is the bold bass line which completes Madeon’s vision of a rebel yell to herald in an undeniably formidable debut LP.

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MNEK, “Every Little Word”

“Buzz single” is an adequate term for iTunes Festival opener, MNEK’s latest single, “Every Little Word.” Within the first seconds of the intro, the listener is immersed within a sound scape of hiccuping synths and bleeping samples, before the British vocalist asks the very question you weren’t expecting: “Do you f*ck to this shit?” MNEK’s penchants for blending electronic and R&B/mild Hip-Hop elements, and curt sexuality are immediately reminiscent of Prince’s New Revolution Days and early 90’s R&B groups.

Besides a provocative refrain, however, “Every Little Word” lyrics lack any of Prince’s ingenuity; MNEK’s vocals ultimately prove to be the track’s saving grace. MNEK’s smooth singing conjures images of an underground Ne-Yo, opting for richer vocals and a grittier presence than the latter’s radio-friendly career. Furthermore, MNEK’s vocals weave seamlessly into electronic music, a characteristic reinforced by the singer’s previous features on club tracks from Gorgon City and Rudimental. Between MNEK’s intuitive command of electronic music, retro high-top hair, and sensual vocals, “Every Little Word,” may be the most refreshing treat offered so far at this year’s iTunes Festival.