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New Music: Duke Dumont

September 5, 2014

Music | by Sophia Miles


Grammy nominated British DJ and music producer Duke Dumont (real name Adam Dyment) returns to attempt a third number one in a row with another slice of infectious deep house on his latest single ‘Won’t Look Back’, which was released this week under his own ‘Blase Boys Club’ label. Fans of the man responsible for UK Singles Chart topping tracks ‘Need U (100%)’ featuring A*M*E and co-written by M.N.E.K, and ‘I Got U’  featuring Kelli-Leigh and co-produced by Jax Jones finally have a glimpse of the direction his expected 2015 drop of a new LP will take.

Duke Dumont

Fresh from performing at numerous festivals over the summer, including Coachella, Creamfields, Global Gathering, T in the Park and Isle of Wight to name a few, the DJ, mentored by famous producer to the superstars Switch, is definitely making his mark on the UK and international dance scene. Recently signed to Virgin Records, Dumont has been active in the music industry since 2007, previously remaking pop records for the likes of Lily Allen, Mystery Jets, AlunaGeorge and Haim . After moving away from London, he is now based in his own studio in the Hertfordshire countryside, where his focus is on his original material. It was obviously the right decision to make, as few artists can admit to a trio of consecutive number ones in less than two years.

 On ‘Won’t Look Back’  Dumont’s signature house and UK garage sound is intermingled with a piercingly soulful unnamed female vocal sample, which expertly journeys away from the tried and tested electronic house template by offering a repeated staccato ‘90s piano house undercurrent. This is interspersed with pulsating synthesized rhythms, for a varied take on the genre.

An accompanying visual highlight takes the form of a frenzied video in support of this already nightclub favourite, featuring a shoplifting gang fleeing the scene of the crime on pogo sticks as an unlikely means of getaway transport.

 

Jamie Boyd