I can’t even tell you how LONG I’ve been waiting for this! It feels like YEARS! Rodney Connell and Brandon Duhon make up the duo that is Night Drive.
Both of the guys started as frontmen for the bands MoTel Aviv and Glasnost (!!!YASS! I remember loving Glasnost).
They previously supported acts such as Yelle and Digitalism — again YASSSS!!!!
Night Drive is the type of music you would hear on a car stereo if Giorgio Moroder and Ray Bradbury were driving late at night through a buzzing metropolis. Inspired by the bygone era of glamour and excess, kaleidoscopic neon lights, Studio 54 and Tony Wilson’s Hacienda, the band pulls influence from acts such as Brian Eno, New Order, OMD, The Drums and LCD Soundsystem to name a few. Night Drive rides a nu-wave of fast-tempo, synth-based electronic sounds driven by rich guitar melodies and arresting vocal hooks.
Following a Hype Machine No.1with first single “Utopia”, Pete Tong’s ‘Essential New Tune’ on BBC Radio 1, Digitalism unleash new track “Go Time”.
Saying that Hamburg hailing Digitalism’s third album Miragestems from “the ecstasy” of “epic trips around the globe” is no overstatement. 10 years of touring, creating and scouting inspiration have cut a path for the duo that sits somewhere between nostalgia and futurism. This comes to a head in the second single off the album, “Go Time”, further proof of their ever-increasing appetite for adventure.
An indisputable pre-weekend anthem, it’s a huge track. Stemming from one simple loop, it evolved into “this huge stadium indie thing” as Jence and Isi put it. Leaving any stagnant competitors well behind them, Digitalismhave tapped into that Thursday-night-feeling, yearning for a weekend yet to begin. This is the theme of the track: “Let’s get Friday out of the way”, chants a euphoric chorus, deliciously raw. Taking on this mantra, John Tejada and Mumbai Science have both delivered tasty remixes, with the latter creating an inescapably bouncy sound grounded in the youthful grit of “Go Time”.
Taking wistful electronica to new heights, expect a contemporary indie twist that keeps hold of a good dose of synth-mania. The old school finesse of hits like “Zdarlight” and “Pogo” are evident in both“Go Time” and first single “Utopia”, with a decade of knowledge gained over a career full to the brim with both live and studio magic.
“Go Time for us means ‘pressing the start button’ on your life and going for it” – and go for it they have. After a few years of doing everything from storming Coachella to a solid residency at London’s XOYO where they play live on April 28th, the album was whipped up in a cool 6 months, starting in February 2015. Its swift conception is clearly a reflection of their need to share this creative output with the world, and if “Go Time” is representative of the whole album, we should be just as eager to hear it as Digitalism were to make it.
Digitalism Live Tour Dates:
27 April – Paris, France – Badaboum
28 April – London, England – XOYO
6 May – Cologne, Germany – Gebäude 9
13 May – Berlin, Germany – Ritter Butzke
19 May – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
20 May – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
21 May – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
24 May – Chicago, IL – Double Door
25 May – Detroit, MI – Shelter
26 May – Toronto, ON – The Garrison
27 May – Montreal, QC – L’Astral
28 May – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
1 June – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
3 June – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey
17 June – Arhus, Denmark – Northside
18 June – Eindhoven, Holland – We Are Electric
24 June – Scheessel, Germany – Hurricane Festival
25 June – Neuhausen, Germany – Southside Festival
17 July – Berlin, Germany – !MELT Festival
10 Aug – Acquaviva (Siena), Italy – Live Rock festival
Germany’s electronic duo Digitalism is bringing their live show back to North America this week, kicking off a full tour sponsored by Jägermeister. The band has also announced the Circles EP, which will see a release on December 6th via V2/Cooperative Music/Downtown. The band premiered the Dillon Francis remix of “Circles” today via RCRD LBL.
The band released their sophomore album, I Love You, Dude, this past summer, and hit the road with the HARD Festival Summer Tour in support. The album features 10 tracks, each of which has their own vibrant identity. With amazing tracks like “Forrest Gump,” co-written with Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas, “Circles,” with its Who-ish keyboard and apparently existential lyrics and standout lead single “2 Hearts.”
The video also serves as a teaser for the band’s live show, which has been tearing up dancefloors coast to coast on the HARD Tour, which continues through this weekend when it wraps on August 20th at NYC’s Terminal 5.
I Love You, Dude, the sophomore album from Digitalism features 10 tracks, each of which has their own vibrant identity. They set the bar high for themselves, and deliver with an amazing album featuring tracks like “Forrest Gump,” co-written with Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas, “Circles,” with its Who-ish keyboard and apparently existential lyrics, and standout pop single “2 Hearts.”
I Love You, Dude, the sophomore album from Digitalism is out today in the US digitally and will be released physically on July 5th. The album features 10 tracks, each of which has their own vibrant identity. This is the sound of a band welding dancefloor pugilism onto crafted sonic sculpture. They set the bar high for themselves, and deliver with an amazing album featuring tracks like “Forrest Gump,” co-written with Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas, “Circles,” with its Who-ish keyboard and apparently existential lyrics, and standout pop single “2 Hearts.”
And in case you missed the post in April with a free download of “2 Hearts,” you can still get it HERE.
8/3 – SEATTLE, WA – Showbox
8/4 – PORTLAND, OR – Roseland
8/5 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Fox Theater
8/6 – LOS ANGELES, CA – Hard Fest
8/9 – DALLAS, TX – Granada
8/10 – AUSTIN, TX – Stubb’s
8/12 – CHICAGO, IL – Congress Theater
8/13 – TORONTO, ON – World Electronic Music Festival
8/14 – MONTREAL, PQ – Metropolis
8/16 – BOSTON, MA – House of Blues
8/17 – BALTIMORE, MD – Bourbon Street
8/18 – WASHINGTON, DC – Fur Nightclub
8/19 – PHILADELPHIA, PA – Electric Factory
8/20 – NEW YORK, NY – Terminal 5
Germany’s Digitalism is back in action, having announced the release of their first full-length since 2007’s Idealism. I Love You, Dude will see a release on June 21st via V2/Cooperative Music/Downtown, and the band has now shared the first track, “2 Hearts,” which is available as a free download from RCRD LBL! “2 Hearts” is an arena-sized anthem propelled by the PA-crushing sonic pallet that Digitalism has come to be known for,and has the immediacy of a new indie-disco favorite.
With firing tunes such as “Jupiter Room” and “Pogo” backing up the hype alongside remixes for Depeche Mode and Daft Punk, Digitalism toured the Idealism album for a couple of years and then got back to work, cutting back to a few DJ dates a month so they could concentrate on crafting I Love You, Dude in their Hamburg bunker studio. The new album further serves their aim of getting everyone to dance with 10 tracks each of with their own vibrant identity. The band set the bar high for themselves, featuring tracks like “Forrest Gump,” co-written with Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas, “Circles,” with its Who-ish keyboard and apparently existential lyrics, and stand out track “2 Hearts,” a curveball of a pop song.
Digitalism has debuted a teaser for their first new track in THREE years! Click here for a taste of “Blitz” which SPIN calls “…fresh Daft Punk-like beats and moody rhythms similar to Interpol.”
Discovering a galaxy of new sounds and rhythmic activity, all reports indicate that the duo are almost ready to bring their collective movements back to earth when they release their long awaited second album next year. Their 2007 debut LP Idealism stood out among a sea of similar-minded acts, attributed to their ability to so deftly walk the line of rock and electronic, and prompting Pitchfork to iterate that among their peers “Digitalism turn out to be the artists probably most dedicated of all to the idea of merging rock and electronic dance music.”