Telepopmusik

10 Summer Tracks Perfect for the Pool or Beach

Summer is officially here! Let the season of pool parties and festivals commence.

In the spirit of happy days in the sun, here are ten tracks approved by your favorite MDA curators that would be perfect for hanging out at the pool or beach.

Hot Natured - Isis

Hot Natured is the electronic/alternative brainchild of Lee Foss and Jamie Jones. The duo has been joined by other like-minded producers over and the group played at premier festivals like CRSSD, Sonar, and Coachella over the years. On August 1, Lee Foss will be taking over La Cave to kick off MDA’s 10 Year Anniversary celebrations.

Télépopmusik - Breathe (Kartell Club Remix)

Télépopmusik’s track, Breathe, took the world by storm and has received a variety of amazing remixes over the years. Kartell put his signature on Breathe in 2017 with both a club and a slow remix. Kartell headlined The Wayfarer in Costa Mesa with Cherokee on April 28, 2017, which wasn’t too long after the remixes were released. Télépopmusik took the stage for MDA at Summer Home on March 25, 2018, and if I’m not mistaken, Télépopmusik played this track!

Birdee - I Can't Fight The Feeling (Roisto Remix)

Don’t you just love free downloads on Soundcloud? They don’t get much better than this remix from Roisto who hails from Finland. He is known to be a collector of records and vintage synths, and it shows through his unique brand of disco.

Lana Del Rey - West Coast (Zhu Remix)

The mysterious Zhu has unleashed an arsenal of high-quality collaborations, originals, and remixes ever since he emerged onto the scene. One of his lesser known remixes is of Lana Del Rey’s West Coast and it is perfect for summer playlists. If you haven’t seen Zhu’s amazing live performances yet, I highly recommend doing so soon. Good thing he added a second show in LA on his Dune Tour, so he will be playing on September 14th and 15th at The Shrine.

Le Youth - C O O L

Le Youth has a knack for using infectious samples and creative beats to craft unforgettably catchy tracks. C O O L is one of these tracks, and it made the crowd go crazy when Le Youth played it in his headlining set at The Wayfarer on December 22, 2017.

Poolside - Which Way to Paradise

Seriously, which way to paradise? On July 1, the way to paradise will be to Bolsa Chica State Beach as Poolside is set to close out a weekend of fun at Vestal Village. Their set is from 7:30-8:45pm as the sun goes down, which definitely sounds like paradise to me. Le Youth along with MDA DJs Daniel Minaya, Torosbros, and Mogli will be taking the stage as well so don’t miss out!

Mielo - All We’ve Lost

To me, this future bass track from Mielo just sounds like a beautiful summer day. Mielo took over Envy Lounge in Newport Beach on June 30 and it was definitely a summer night to remember.

RÜFÜS DU SOL - Sundream

RÜFÜS DU SOL hails from the land down under and their music puts smiles on peoples’ faces around the world. Just like Zhu, RÜFÜS DU SOL is so hot right now that the trio added a second show in LA this fall. They will be taking the stage on November 1 and 2 at The Shrine so don’t miss out!

Zhane' - Hey Mr. D.J. (LondonBridge Remix)

Space Yacht co-founder, LondonBridge, truly knows what it means to rock a dancefloor as evidenced by his performance at Envy Lounge in Newport Beach on May 25th of this year. His remix of the ever classic Hey Mr. D.J. is one in a long line of his dancefloor destroyers.

Detroit Swindle - Future Imperfect

The Dutch duo, Detroit Swindle, formed in 2011 and gained so much attention that they started their own label, Heist Recordings in 2013. Their DJ style is highly varied and shows their expertise as avid record collectors. I hope they make an appearance at an MDA event soon!

Honorable Mention: Darude - Sandstorm

Because Sandstorm is great for all occasions, especially on a sandy beach when it is windy.

All of these songs and more have been compiled into a Soundcloud playlist for your listening pleasure. Reach out to us on Facebook and Instagram (or email me directly at djmoosetrax@gmail.com) and let us know what you think of these summer tracks! Also let us know if you have any favorite summer tracks that would go well in the playlist.

 

Until next time Ambassadors.

Kagan Richardson

AKA DJ Moose Trax

Télépopmusik Interview

Summer Home is Back with Télépopmusik!

EXPERIENCE BY: KAGAN RICHARDSON

Let me tell you, the first edition of Summer Home 2018 with Télépopmusik was an absolute blast. The music, the people, the atmosphere, the food, the drinks, everything was perfect.

A lot of this is thanks to Back Bay Bistro for providing the perfect venue for the day. It sits right on the water in Newport Beach (you can dock your boat and walk right in) and provides its guests with unparalleled waterfront dining in a huge open space that was just begging for some quality music.

Rozco, Bubblewrappe, Mogli, and Daniel Minaya kicked things off in that order and served the crowd a delicious serving of underground beats that paired quite nicely with Back Bay Bistro’s street taco and brunch buffet. Daniel Minaya in particular unleashed an onslaught of classic tracks, such as Show Me Love by Robyn S and One More Time by Daft Punk, alongside the trademark underground sounds of MDA.

Then, Télépopmusik took over, but before we get into the stellar performance... here is a bit about their career so far.

The core trio of Fabrice Dumont, Stephan Haeri, and Christophe Hetier first came together in 1997 after playing with other projects. Dumont founded the dream pop group Autour de Lucie, Hetier DJ’d as Antipop, and Haetri was a member of Planet Zen and also produced as 2Square.

The three created a fresh electronic sound that first culminated with Sonic 75 which was released on the SourceLab 3 compilation album in 1997. They refined their sound over the next few years and eventually released their debut album, Genetic World, on Capitol Records in 2002.

The album was a commercial success especially its lead single, Breathe, which became a smash hit in the mainstream. Breathe has been featured in countless movies, TV shows, and commercials around the world. You might recognize it from television ads for the Mitsubishi Outlander that aired nationally in 2003.

The group toured all over the world following this success and released their second album, Angel Milk, in 2005 also on Capitol Record. The single off the album, Into Everything, also received mainstream success and a stop-motion music video was subsequently released.

Since then, Télépopmusik has been relatively silent as they only released the Try Me Anyway/Fever EP in 2013 which earned a great selection of remixes from the likes of Dirty Channels, Zombie Disco Squad (ZDS), Populette, Pit Spector, and Pino Rastovitch. I highly recommend checking it out!

Christophe Hetier of Télépopmusik took the DJ duties for the group and held the crowd in a state of pure elation from start to finish. Christophe is a master on the decks as he showed off his technical mastery and vast musical library that spans the decades. I personally never thought I would see anyone throw Burnin’ by Daft Punk (one of my personal favorites off their debut album Homework) into a DJ set, but he did so without batting an eyelash and the crowd ate it up.

After the show, I had the chance to sit down with Christophe and ask him a few questions. Here’s what he had to say...

Kagan: Can you give us some insight into how you prepare for your DJ sets?
Christophe: Well to prepare for playing as a DJ, I try to capture the new sounds and music that people are listening to. I have fun mixing the new music with the music I’ve added collected over the years.
Kagan: When you finished Breathe years ago, did you expect all of the mainstream success?
Christophe: Oh no, we did not expect all of that success. We made a song we liked and it sort of happened.
Kagan: Télépopmusik tracks have received a slew of remixes. What is the process like when picking the remixers?
Christophe: Most of the time they actually approach us about remixing our tracks. Especially recently with the younger of generation of artist wanting to remix our tracks, Breathe for example.
Kagan: How does it feel to be considered one of the bands who pioneered the concept of multiple vocalist collaborations on one album?
Christophe: I don’t think too much of it to be honest. We did what we felt was right for the album and it worked out in a nice way.
Kagan: Who are some of your biggest influences as a musician?
Christophe: We all come from backgrounds in pop bands so a lot of pop music. The Pixies would be one of the biggest for me in particular.
Kagan: Can we hope for new music from Telepopmusik in the near future?
Christophe: We are in the studio now putting the finishing touches on our next album. You could probably expect to see that in a few months, maybe around September or later this year.

It was an absolute pleasure having Télépopmusik out for Summer Home. The party was such a  great time all around that it was extended to 8pm rather than ending at 7pm! It gave Christophe extra time to direct the soundtracks to our lives, and he did not disappoint.

Here’s to the next one Ambassadors.

Kagan Richardson

AKA DJ Moose Trax

Thank you to Joseph Paparazzo for the pictures.