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Jacques Greene – Do It Without You

LuckyMe proudly present Dawn Chorus, the new album from Jacques Greene (out October 18th), and present lead single, “Do It Without You”. A bold step forward, Dawn Chorus is also Greene’s most collaborative project to date, featuring additional production and instrumentation from film composer Brian Reitzell (Lost In Translation), cello by London’s Oliver Coates, additional production from Clams Casino and original vocal contributions from ambient artist Julianna Barwick, rapper Cadence Weapon and singers Ebhoni and Rochelle Jordan, all sampled, processed and stitched back into the album.

If Greene’s 2017 debut album, Feel Infinite, was the soundtrack to a dream pregame – amping you up to lose yourself in the club – then Dawn Chorus resides in the post-rave reflective moment. A time of heightened sensuality and latent possibility.

Greene approached the making of Dawn Chorus as if he were a band. He lived in the studio for five months this past winter – half the time at home in Toronto, the other half in Hudson Mohawke’s studio in L.A. – and wrote these songs in a sprint to capture this chapter in his life. Ten years into the game and not yet in his thirties, his perspective on the value of dance music and where it rests with his daily life and inspiration bare out on this album. While samples played a big part in his early output, his creative process for Dawn Chorus revolved around recording a stellar cast of musicians, arranging new parts.

To craft the sound of the record, he thought about the artists he held dear and researched the gear they used as a means of being in dialogue with their emotional tenor. Some of the gear he sourced included the delay that My Bloody Valentine was renowned for, as well as a compressor used by French Touch producers Alan Braxe and Fred Falke. Working with mix engineer Joel Ford (of Ford & Lopatin), he created a rule book for the album’s sonics that saw each part, from the drums to the pads, be processed in a specific way, through guitar pedals and outboard equipment.

Dawn Chorus opens with “Serenity,” an all-back-to-mine breaks tune that Greene describes as “a weird, euphoric take on Chemical Brothers.” “Night Service” is a neon-lit hip house anthem helmed by Canadian rapper Cadence Weapon, who drapes a love letter to the club around Greene’s acid-dipped synths. Elsewhere, “Distance” blends ambient textures with sampled birdsong and the snaking lines of Oliver Coates’s cello.

Now 29, Greene has been making music “about the club” for over a decade. His sound could be described as an emotional haze, in that its balance of sonic elements work to illuminate the overlapping feelings that lie between the familiar binaries. Outside of his own releases, Greene has explored his relationship with the club in a variety of contexts, from remixing Radiohead to producing for Katy B and Tinashe and touring with The xx.

He will tour Dawn Chorus in Europe and North America this October. An intimate first live show at the St Pancras Old Church is already sold out in London and another show has been added.

Dawn Chorus Tracklist:
1. Serenity
2. Drop Location
3. Do It Without You
4. Night Service
5. Sel
6. Let Go
7. For Love
8. Sibling
9. Whenever
10. Understand
11. Distance

Video: Jacques Greene – After Life, After Party

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Canadian producer Jacques Greene unveiled the officia video for ‘After Life After Party’ , the title track of his just-released brand new 4-track EP for LuckyMe. Directed by Melissa Matos. In case you missed it, check out the video for EP’s cut “1 4 Me” here.

Jacques Greene – After Life After Party (Suicideyear Remix)

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Jacques Greene streams new Suicideyear remix of ‘After Life After Party’ , the title track of his just-released brand new 4-track EP for LuckyMe. In case you missed it, check out the video for EP’s cut “1 4 Me” here.

Jacques Greene – Feel What

Jacques Greene has shared another cut from his new Phantom Vibrate EP, celebrating its release today via LuckyMe. ‘Feel What’ is euphoric gospel house – the sample processed into a plate chorus that lifts a rhythm section of jacking hats and Prince-esque chords. It’s ascendant, reaching a hazey pinnacle before disappearing under sparkling synths. Modern gospel house without looking back. Greene’s latest production can be heard in full above.

Video: Jacques Greene – No Excuse

Here’s the video for Canada’s Jacques Greene great new single “No Excuse”, taken from his forthcoming three-track “Phantom Vibrate” EP, out on April 28 via LuckyMe Records. Directed by Melissa Matos.

Jacques Greene – No Excuse

Montreal house producer and DJ Jacques Greene is back with a hypnotic, R&B-infused new track “No Excuse”, the first taste from his forthcoming three-track "Phantom Vibrate EP", out on April 28 via LuckyMe.

Video: Cashmere Cat – Wedding Bells

Up-and-coming Norwegian producer Magnus August Høiberg, a.k.a. Cashmere Cat, has just released his excellent debut (solo) EP “Wedding Bells” via LuckyMe. Below, you can watch the official video for "Wedding Bells", directed by Peter Marsden.

Sampha – Can’t Get Close (Jacques Greene Edit)

Montreal dance producer/DJ Jacques Greene returns with a great edit of Sampha‘s “Can’t Get Close”, a track taken from his “Dual” EP for Young Turks. Available for free, as part of Scotland’s LuckyMe annual advent calendar. Download here. Lucky us..

Video: Jacques Greene – Faithful

Here’s the official video for Jacques Greene‘s new R&B-kissed-house single, Faithful, taken from his recent On Your Side EP for LuckyMe. The TRUSST-directed video is said to have been made from “iPhone and Mini DV-shot models acting out a series of emotions.”