Having just announced they’ve finished writing their long awaited debut album, Du Tonc return with the melancholic single, High.
Reminiscent of the cinematic Slow Down, High is another example of a band
who have nurtured a truly unique sound over the last few years.
Matt Van Schie’s ethereal vocal floats harmoniously over an inter-galactic soundscape with Jenny McCullagh from I Know Leopard adding a resplendent backing vocal.
Du Tonc return with with their final single of 2016 and what a double header they’ve delivered. It’s also the first time they’ve released a b-side to a single.
The lead track Wonderland drops on 28th November 2016, but before that we’ve got the 80’s disco tinged synth pop powerhouse, Keep Movin’. The track was previously penned to be a stand alone single, but with so much new music written, they decided to end the the year with a rather large bang.
Keep Movin’ is driven along with another classic Matt Van Schie bass line. The track has a serious groove and one of the catchiest choruses in their discography. It’s another example of their effortless songwriting and unique sound.
Hot on the heels of Slow Down released in June 2016 (another Hype Machine Number 1 on the main chart), Keep Movin’ will be followed by the lead single Wonderland, a song both the boys describe as:
“our favorite song we’ve written so far”.
Du Tonc are Matthew ‘Mighty Mouse’ Haymes and Matt Van Schie (of Van She fame). They met by chance in the infamous smokey Parisian basement that was Social Club. Their debut single Darkness shot them into the limelight and has since been featured in the Hollywood movie ‘Entourage’. They are former Hype Machine ‘ones to watch’ and have gained admirers far and wide in the likes of Mark Ronson, Flight Facilities, Tensnake, The Magician, Digitalism and Yuksek. In addition to their singles and mixtapes they’ve reworked the likes of Annie Lennox, Aaliyah and The Pixies to critical acclaim.
This is a band hitting their stride, brewing with confidence and enjoying every second of it. Their new single Slow Down is anti-pop; effervescent, melancholic and euphoric featuring additional backing vocals from Jenny McCullagh of I Know Leopard.
The underground success of their debut single Darkness took them by surprise, 2 years on and it’s only just found its way onto a hollywood blockbuster. Along the way they’ve gained the accolade of being a Hype Machine ‘One To Watch’ and completed DJ tours of Europe, North America, Australia and Mexico.
“We didn’t grow up making music together, we never had that luxury. This is the first song we’ve made where we both feel like everything in it is exactly what we want it to be, this feels like the beginning and it feels amazing”
Slow Down might be their first release of 2016, but it’s definitely not the last. Their hard work over the last year, quietly refining their song writing and sound is about to come to fruition “We’ve written enough songs to release for the next 3 years, and there isn’t one song that we don’t love” Bring it on Du Tonc.
It’s been a while since Mighty Mouse has shared some original material, largely due to him being holed up in the studio working on Du Tonc.
But we’ve a new EP coming from him in July, and this is the third track off the EP. Raspberries and Rum is an analogue rich space inspired disco jam (apparently the centre of our galaxy tastes like raspberries and smells of rum).
The EP will showcase a diverse range of disco-inspired music, continuing his unique and eclectic tastes in electronic music. His band Du Tonc will also release their new single at the end of June 2016 and we’ve got some exciting new talent we’ve just signed to label coming in the 2nd half of the year.
Mighty Mouse and Ronika have premiered a brand new collaboration, ‘See Through You’, which will be released on December 1st 2014 via Nightfilm. Uniting two fixtures of the Nu-Disco circuit, ‘See Through You’ is a glorious mix of strutting bass, squelching synths and arch strings, juxtaposed infectiously against Ronika’s address to someone who can “see right through” (thanks to 20/20 vision).
A producer, DJ, composer and one half Du Tonc, Mighty Mouse built his reputation making disco edits and remixing the likes of Gorillaz and Gill Scott Heron, before releasing his critically acclaimed ‘Disco Circus’ compilation across four instalments (Mixmag named the first two in their Top 10 Comps of the Year). Expanding his love of disco he incorporated house and techno into his original productions that regularly top the Hype Machine – including ‘In Front Of Our Friends’ with Monarchy. 2013 saw Mighty Mouse tour Australia, USA, Europe and start up Nightfilm: a record label and club night based at Edinburgh’s infamous Cabaret Voltaire, with guests including Lindstrom, Horsemeat Disco, Alex Metric, Yuksek, Mylo and Grum. Having met Ronika in such DJ and production circles, ‘See Through You’ is the latest release to be lifted from Nightfilm.
Ronika, meanwhile, is a singer, producer, DJ and video maker originally from Nottingham, before relocating to Barcelona and London. Whilst working as a sound engineer and DJ’ing in various venues around Notts, she began making music inspired by the likes of Egyptian Lover and Afrika Bambaataa. Assimilating a crate-digging love of disco, hip-hop, house and R&B into her effortless grasp of modern pop, Ronika’s debut album, ‘Selectadisc’, was named after Nottingham’s iconic, now-closed independent record store of the same name. It was released this summer to extensive praise (“a triumph”,Mojo ****; “it’s not clear whether Ronika knows how good she is” Fact, ****): a brand new single, ‘Marathon’, is also released in December, when Ronika will also open for The Human League across an extensive UK tour.
MIGHTY MOUSE TOUR DATES
December 5 – Stereo (Glasgow)
December 27 – Cabaret Voltaire (Edinburgh)
December 31 – Big Chill House (London)
RONIKA TOUR DATES (* with The Human League)
November 28 – Demontfort Hall (Leiciester) *
November 29 – O2 Apollo (Manchester) *
November 30 – Liverpool (Philharmonic Hall) *
December 5 – Wolves Civic (Wolverhampton) *
December 6 – Eventim Apollo (London) *
December 8 – O2 Academy (Leeds) *
December 9 – Theatre Royal (Nottingham) *
December 10 – Memorial & City Hall (Sheffield) *
December 12 – Brighton Centre (Brighton) *
December 13 – The BIC (Bournemouth) *
December 14 – Pavillions (Plymouth) *
December 15 – Colston Hall (Bristol) *
March 26 – Ace Hotel (London) [HEADLINE SHOW]
Here’s a new Mighty Mouse track ahead of his October US tour, which is “a kind of follow up to Shaker Faker“. He’s been making quite a few tracks for his DJ sets and this is the first of several he’ll be sharing, and it’s free to download. There is also a new mixtape coming on September 30th 2014 and more original music in October.
His forthcoming US tour dates are below:
2nd October 2014 – Vessel (San Francisco, USA)
3rd October 2014 – TBD Festival (Sacramento, USA)
3rd October 2014 – Midtown Barfly (Sacramento, USA)
11th October 2014 – Glasslands (New York, USA)
16th October 2014 – College Street Barcade (Springfield, USA)
17th October 2014 – Riot Rooms (Kansas City, USA)
18th October 2014 0 U-Street Music Hall (Washington, USA)
Edit Tape see’s Mighty Mouse going back to his love of edits and disco, it was arguably his edits of Prince and ABBA that propelled Mighty Mouse into the limelight. He’s never been one to confirm though, and his selection of edits here shows his eclectic and often playful side. But it’s that eclecticism that’s won him fans across the world.
2013 has already seen him embark on tours of Australia and North America, on the 12th July he returns to LA for a one off show at King King, before returning to the US for a full tour in October 2014.
Nightfilm Music will be announcing new Mighty Mouse and Du Tonc singles shortly and he has a remixing for Mason and Ronika coming in this month, too.
Last week we posted a great remix by Kiwi for Du Tonc’s single “Surging Memories“. This week, Mighty Mouse and Matt Van Schie aka Du Tonc unveiled another great remix for the track, this time by Belgium’s ATTAR!.
ATTAR! has been making serious waves over the last few years and recently signed to the infamous Eskimo Records (home to likes of Aeroplane) and recently he released his new singles featuring Induce and Santana. ATTAR! slows things down to produce an epic balearic treat with Surging Memories.
Du Tonc’s Surging Memories will drop on June 23rd 2014 on Nightfilm Music. The duo have been holed up in the studio working on new material with a new EP to be announced shortly.
Du Tonc, aka Mighty Mouse and Matt Van Schie, have often been referred to as a surprise package of 2013, bursting onto the scene with their debut single “Darkness“. They followed this up with “Surging Memories“, “Rise” and “Island” and this year released a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s I’m On Fire. 2013 also saw them perform at sell out shows across North America, Mexico, London and Paris.
We thought The Magician summed up ‘Surging Memories’ when he said, “Love it! Reminds me of very good Royksopp times! Honestly I had goose bumps at first listening! Melodies are really deep, beautiful and melancholic…”
So, here’s the first remix of Surging Memories from London based producer Kiwi. Kiwi is getting some serious attention right now having just signed to Duke Dumont’s Blase Boys record label. His single ‘Llama’ (originally released on Deep Shit, a label run by Edwin Congreave of FOALS and Jack Savidge from Friendly Fires) is set for a re-release on Defected Records this summer. Check it out below. Out on June 23rd 2014 via Nightfilm Music.
Du Tonc have been holed up in the studio working on new material with a new EP to be announced shortly.