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NEW PET SHOP BOYS REMIX OF LATEST CLAPTONE SINGLE "QUEEN OF ICE" FT. DIZZY OUT NOW

By Lilly Rumler

NEW PET SHOP BOYS REMIX  OF LATEST CLAPTONE SINGLE "QUEEN OF ICE" FT. DIZZY OUT NOW
Claptone has now tapped legendary UK duo Pet Shop Boys to remix his single, “Queen Of Ice” ft. Dizzy, from his widely celebrated album ‘Closer’. Following up the Nora En Pure remix, Pet Shop Boys flip “Queen Of Ice” into a sensational remix, infused with captivating pop and house elements. To coincide with this news, Claptone also announces his first round of North American dates for 2022.

Pet Shop Boys are masters at captivating the listener instantly, as an icey ambiance builds into an infectious dance groove paired with Dizzy’s beautiful vocals. In true Pet Shop Boys style, this remix boasts dancefloor and radio appeal, taking the popularity of the original to dazzling new heights.

“When my remix for ‘Love Is A Bourgeois Construct’ was released in December of 2013, I felt that it was the peak of Claptone. But three artist albums and countless hit songs later I can proudly say I was wrong. Still, I felt like I was on top of the world back then and I feel the same way today as Pet Shop Boys return the favor and remix 'Queen of Ice‘ ft. Dizzy. Almost 40 years ago they started creating club-influenced pop, opening up doors for underground club music on the radio and in the charts. Their work in the 80s, 90s and 2000’s is the reason why dance music is in the DNA of every top hit today. Moreover I am deeply impressed about how they managed to stay in charge of their own image, creating ever changing avatars of themselves before that word was common goods, hence fighting any notion of authenticity and rockism, consistently emphasizing the act of performance. They are true pioneers still producing great music and expanding their very own world, what an inspiration.” - Claptone

“Queen Of Ice” is the seventh single from Claptone’s globally renowned third album 'Closer', co-produced by Stuart Price (Dua Lipa, The Killers, Madonna) that was released in November 2021. Along with support from shrewd talents, Claptone enlisted timeless vocalists from a myriad of eras such as Barry Manilow and Seal, fresh-faced acts like James Vincent McMorrow and Mansionair, as well as repeat collaborators Nathan Nicholson and Peter Bjorn and John (to name a few). Quoted as “enlarging Claptone’s legacy even more”, ‘Closer’ has enjoyed global success, showcasing Claptone’s innate ability to blend commercial and underground elements in perfect fashion.

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CLAPTONE @ THE MASQUERADE TULUM (FULL SET)

By Lilly Rumler

CLAPTONE @ THE MASQUERADE TULUM (FULL SET)

On January 2nd, Claptone brought The Masquerade to Zamna Tulum (MX), where he played a mesmerizing jungle set. 

In case you missed this magical experience, you can stream the full set here:

 

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NORA EN PURE REMIXES LATEST CLAPTONE SINGLE "QUEEN OF ICE" FT. DIZZY

By Daniel Brems

NORA EN PURE REMIXES LATEST CLAPTONE SINGLE "QUEEN OF ICE" FT. DIZZY

Claptone releases ‘Queen of Ice (Nora En Pure Remix’).

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Continuing the run of outstanding collaborations, ‘Queen of Ice’ now sees the enigmatic artist work with the Canadian pop band Dizzy, remixed by the undisputed Queen of deep house Nora En Pure. The release is set for January 7th via Different Recordings.

It's the seventh single release from the forthcoming 'Closer', Claptone’s third studio album, which is co-produced by Stuart Price (Dua Lipa, The Killers, Madonna). Nora En Pure treats the original with the utmost respect and delivers a beautiful, deep alternative.

“When Nora handed in her ‘Queen of Ice’ Remix I instantly recognized that we are onto something special here. It's not a secret the original is one of my favourite tracks of my new album, but this remix pushes it to a new level.” - Claptone.

Globally renowned and adored for her cinematic soundscapes and ethereal performances, South African-born, Swiss-based Queen of deep house, Nora En Pure, has spent the last few years working relentlessly to reach the pinnacle of the dance music scene. Proving her eminence with every performance, playing stand out shows at the likes of Coachella, Burning Man, Tomorrowland and Panorama NYC, Daniela Di Lillo is a true force with an indomitable work ethic and an eye for immaculate detail.

Nurturing her Purified brand with expert precision, Purified Radio blossomed into a weekly show, premiering every Saturday evening on SiriusXM Chill with an hour-long dose of the finest deep, melodic and tech house music. Curating lineups and hosting sold-out Purified events in Miami, New York, San Francisco, Palm Springs, Zürich, Prague, Montréal, London and Washington, DC. Winning the award for Best Female Artist (House) in the IDMA Awards in 2019 and 2020, the Helvetic Nerd entered the DJ Mag Top 100 in 2020, and climbed to #59 in the 2021 DJ Mag Main Chart and maintained her position at #10 in the Alternative Charts.

Dizzy is a dream pop project, fronted by Katie Munshaw and based out of Canada. The critically acclaimed Dizzy project has become known for its warm and open-hearted songwriting, which has drawn praise from the likes of Stereogum, NME, Dork, Coup de Main, Line of Best Fit, BBC, and NPR and accolades such a JUNO Award for Alternative Album of the Year.

The announcement of ‘Queen of Ice’ follows the previous album single releases of ‘Right Into You’, ‘Just A Ghost feat Seal’, ‘Zero’, ‘My Night’ feat. APRE and ‘Wake Up’ feat James Vincent McMorrow and ‘Golden’ feat Two Another - all unveiled throughout 2021 leading into the release of 'Closer' in late November 2021.

Claptone ft. Dizzy – ‘Queen of Ice’ (Nora En Pure Remix) is out January 7th via Different Recordings [PIAS]

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NEW CLAPTONE ALBUM "CLOSER" OUT NOW

By Daniel Brems

NEW CLAPTONE ALBUM "CLOSER" OUT NOW

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Claptone releases his third studio album, Closer on Nov 12th via Different Recordings / PIAS, featuring a string of collaborators and pop icons including Barry Manilow, Seal and many more.

Closer has been in the making for over three years and showcases a natural development in sound for Claptone. The album has been co-produced by Stuart Price, the three-time Grammy-winning electronic musician, DJ, songwriter, and record producer known for his work with artists such as Madonna, The Killers, Dua Lipa and Pet Shop Boys. The aptly titled album is the next phase of the enigmatic artist’s musical evolution following the 2018 LP, Fantast and the 2015 debut, Charmer.

“Closer is about the joy and sometimes the pain of being human. It’s an ode to togetherness as well as empowerment, to heartache as well as bliss. I celebrate emotions. I allow myself to get closer to human beings and be human on the quest for my soul. Charmer was merely an introduction from a mystic being coming out of the shadows. On Fantast, I tried to find my roots in nature, and it was more of an escapist album, whereas Closer embraces people and the universe inside them.” – Claptone

Joining Claptone on his mission to embrace people, the album features a host of diverse global collaborators. Peter Bjorn and John take centre stage on Satellite, with Seal providing original vocals on Just A Ghost. The album balances both iconic names with established artists and exciting new talent as Claptone enlists Mayer Hawthorne, Mansionair, APRE, Dizzy, SPELLES, lau.ra, Two Another and long-time Claptone collaborator, Nathan Nicholson, ex-singer of The Boxer Rebellion.

Closer also features a surprise and intriguing pairing between Claptone and American pop icon and showman, Barry Manilow. A further exhibition of Claptone’s critical acclaim which spans across the realms of the underground to Pop Music, the collaboration took flight when Claptone noticed Barry Manilow taking part in a TV interview where he mentioned that his favourite act was “Some guy named Claptone”. “So, I hit him up. He was like, ‘let’s do something’!” Manilow (whose career spans 50 years with hits such as Mandy and Copacabana) said “he was looking for a Dusty Springfield/Pet Shop Boys moment”. That moment has now arrived, with Barry Manilow featuring on standout album track, Nobody.

“I am a perfectionist full stop. I wrote those songs and I love those songs. And I am very happy with the outcome. Here is so much substance. I love to work with unique voices, unique characters. This pushes me to deliver the best in production as well.” – Claptone

The release of Closer follows a run of singles throughout the year including ’Queen Of Ice’ feat Dizzy, ‘Right Into You’ feat Like Mike and Mansionaire, ‘Just A Ghost feat Seal’, ‘Zero’, ‘My Night’ feat APRE, ‘Wake Up’ feat James Vincent McMorrow and ‘Golden’ feat Two Another. Claptone has also recently provided official remixes of Storm Queen’s For A Fool, Trans-X’s Living on Video, as well as reworks for pop superstars Ava Max, Dua Lipa, Elton John and Mark Ronson.

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ELTON JOHN & DUA LIPA - COLD HEART (CLAPTONE REMIX)

By Lilly Rumler

ELTON JOHN & DUA LIPA - COLD HEART (CLAPTONE REMIX)

Elton John and Dua Lipa have shared Claptone's remix for their recent single “Cold Heart,” a track off John’s upcoming all-star album The Lockdown Sessions.

“Cold Heart (Pnau Remix)” — which contains elements of John’s 1989 song “Sacrifice,” his 1972 hit “Rocket Man,” his 1976 deep cut “Where’s the Shoorah?” and his 1983 single “Kiss The Bride” — features on John’s The Lockdown Sessions, a 16-track LP with a guest list that includes Miley Cyrus, Eddie Vedder, Lil Nas X, Brandi Carlile, Gorillaz, Stevie Wonder, Stevie Nicks, Young Thug, Nicki Minaj, and the late Glen Campbell. 

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'RIGHT INTO YOU' REMIXES BY MARTIN IKIN & CHAMBRAY OUT NOW

By Daniel Brems

'RIGHT INTO YOU' REMIXES BY MARTIN IKIN & CHAMBRAY OUT NOW

Claptone prepares the latest single from his mesmerising 2021 album ‘Closer’. A collaboration with Like Mike and Australian indie-electronic trio Mansionair, and the result is as special as expected.

Enlisting two of the dance world’s finest names for remix duties, Martin Ikin delivers a punchy, tech-edged dancefloor workout mix while Chambray takes things to a classic house sound with anthemic chords and energetic 909 drums.

Martin Ikin kicks things off with his intricate, footwork-inducing roller. Undulating kicks and waft-worthy percussion keep the groove rolling while Mansionair’s vocals drift with ease across the top. Reaching the pinnacle moment on the drops with huge snare rolls and a massive, growling synth bassline that will dominate the subs of any club.

German DJ and producer André Rost, AKA Chambray brings warehouse drum grooves from his over-heating TR-909 drum machine, while rhythms of monumental synth chords delight the upper frequencies. Sampling and looping key moments of the vocal lead and re-working with his typical studio prowess!

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SOFI TUKKER & JOHN SUMMIT 'SUN CAME UP' - CLAPTONE REMIX

By Daniel Brems

SOFI TUKKER & JOHN SUMMIT 'SUN CAME UP' - CLAPTONE REMIX

SOFI TUKKER and Chicago phenom John Summit recently released their “Sun Came Up” and asked Claptone to remix the track.

SOFI TUKKER's world-centric brand of dance music has always been about bringing people together, and "Sun Came Up" is no exception with its intricate Spanish guitar work, made complete by Sophie's breathy and ascendant vocals.

Claptone’s mesmerizing remix amplifies the seduction of the original with beckoning synth bass. Claptone says "When I listened to 'Sun Came Up' it instantly had my mind travel to festivals, beach parties, Ibiza, that summer season that so many of us did not have. It's obvious to me that this is the perfect Song to start dancing again and don’t stop anymore even after the sun is up. Joining forces with the amazing Sofi Tukker, whom I’ve admired for years and John Summit, the upcoming DJ of the last few months has been a real pleasure. I actually played a lovely festival show this summer and Sofi Tukker came by and recently I road tested this remix when I played with John. So whenever I press play in my mind all of us, we are still dancing together…"

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NEW SINGLE "RIGHT INTO YOU" W/ LIKE MIKE FT. MANSIONAIR OUT NOW

By Daniel Brems

NEW SINGLE "RIGHT INTO YOU" W/ LIKE MIKE FT. MANSIONAIR OUT NOW

"'Right Into You‘ to me is a beautiful and honest modern love song. It’s about being ready to go all in but asking for reassurance to protect yourself from being hurt ... so human” Claptone

Claptone releases his new single 'Right Into You' from his upcoming album 'Closer'. Another collaborative effort that this time sees the enigmatic character link up with DJ & Producer Like Mike alongside Indie electronic act Mansionair, released via Different Recordings.

It's the sixth single release from the soon to come 'Closer', Claptone’s third studio album, which is co-produced by Stuart Price (Dua Lipa, The Killers, Madonna).‘Right Into You’ is proudly showcasing the next chapter in the masked man's exploration of house with a Indie Pop flavor and leans on Claptone’s expertise in creating his definition of house music with silky vocals brought by Mansionair.

“The song carries that slightly hurtful and at the same time joyful melancholic feeling, a core element of my musical universe since it’s very own big bang. Thrillingly warm emotive elements, enthusiastic melodies, an anthemic chorus - I am proud to have seamlessly fused the unique musical worlds of Mansionair, Like Mike and Claptone into one great electronic indie house anthem” - Claptone

Grammy-nominated trio Mansionair deliver a perfect blend of ethereal and dreamy lyrical grooves to the production. They have released previous singles ‘Easier’, ‘Astronaut - Something About Your Love’, and ‘Violet City’ as well as their debut album ‘Shadowboxer’.

Like Mike has previously been voted as No.1 in DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJ Poll with fellow brother and DJ partner Dimitri Vegas, making a name for themselves with their high octane and unique live shows. The ‘Smash The House’ label boss has collaborated with Dance music royalty including David Guetta, Diplo, Afrojack, Armin Van Buuren, Fatboy Slim & Steve Angello and now it’s the turn of Claptone.

The announcement of ‘Right Into You’ follows album singles ‘Just A Ghost feat Seal’, ‘Zero’, ‘My Night’ feat. APRE and ‘Wake Up’ feat James Vincent McMorrow and ‘Golden’ feat Two Another, which were all unveiled earlier this year.

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