Early fans of the positive and unifying rhythms that characterize house music, the LGBTQ communities have taken an important place at the heart of the electronic music scene since its very beginning. Nowadays, it can be difficult, however, to keep up with the ever-growing number of artists and album releases.
That’s why, I’m providing you in this new column with an overview of the music that stands out on the house music and larger music scene. As its name suggests, I’ll put together for you three new releases to discover and two hits to hear again, to complete your FULL HOUSE.
Three Hits to Discover
Depeche Mode — Ghosts Again
Cult band Depeche Mode recently confirmed that its 15th studio album, Memento Mori, would release on March 24. Along with the news of their upcoming album, the British group released a new single, “Ghosts Again”. The new song is nothing short of classic Depeche Mode featuring an evocative Dave Gahan voice and a hypnotic Martin Gore guitar figure atop an uplifting, optimistic groove. Coinciding with the album’s release will be Depeche Mode’s first tour in over five years. The Memento Mori Tour will stop in Québec City on April 9and in Montréal on April 12.
Eddie Benjamin — All for Nothing
Australian singer and songwriter Eddie Benjamin offered fans a new song earlier in February: “All for Nothing”. On the track, lush keys glimmer alongside psychedelic guitar solos as the 21-year-old singer, flexes his dynamic vocal range. The song his supported by an otherworldly video in which the artist is accompanied by clones of himself. Since the beginning of his young career, Eddie Benjamin has already collaborated with top artists such as Justin Bieber, Meghan Trainor, Shawn Mendes and Sia.
TRONG — Dare to Be Different
We love everything about Vietnamese-born queer artist TRONG, especially his latest song “Dare to Be Different”, with which he was shortlisted to represent Germany at Eurovision 2023. The pure nu-disco four on the flour rhythm will have you blast the volume and bust a move. The 16-string zither sounds and the wearing of the “nón lá”, a traditional Vietnamese hat, in the video depicts the emerging artist’s pride in his heritage. TRONG introduced unisex fashion to Vietnamese television sets and was the first artist from that country to walk the Billboard Awards red carpet. He dares to be different and we find him very inspiring.
Deux succès à réécouter
Sophie Ellis-Bextor — Kitchen Disco – Live at the London Palladium
Sophie Ellis-Bextor could easily be crowned the Queen of House Music. Famous for massive hits such as “Murder on the Dancefloor” and “Groovejet”, the British singer has collaborated with iconic artists like Armin Van Buuren, Bob Sinclar and Freemasons. During the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, she performed a series of weekly shows online as a way of escapism from the crisis, labelled the Kitchen Disco. The shows were such a success that the singer promised her millions of fans that once the pandemic is over, she’d present an in-person show where she’d perform their favourite songs from the Kitchen Disco. Released in November, Live at the London Palladium is exactly that: a reunion party between the star and her fans. All songs are hits and before you realize it, you’ve listened to the full album and you ask for more. We’re especially fond of her cover versions of “Crying at the Discotheque” (Alcazar), “Dancing Queen” (ABBA) and “Like a Prayer” (Madonna). Thumbs up, Sophie, everything about this project is amazing.
Yann Muller — « Mourir sur scène » (Dalida)
Yann Muller is one of those DJs who not only remix famous songs, they rework them to create new versions that are so distinct that they make you forget the original. This is the case for “Mourirsurscène”, by Dalida, which the French DJ has revisited to perfection. The painful lyrics of this song are nothing but tragic. Yet listening to Yann Muller’s version makes you picture yourself sipping a Cosmo living your best life by the pool. We’ve been listening to it since last summer and we’ll probably still be listening to it next summer.
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