Before 2012 Duke Dumont was known as a ‘producer’s producer’. He was the name on a 12” record the DJ knew to reach for when he wanted to please the crowd, without them knowing who had constructed the mesmerising sonic confection they were dancing too.
In 2012, two EPs on Tiga’s Turbo Recordings (with whom Duke has had a long standing relationship) changed all that. ‘For Club Play Vol. 1 & 2’ offered up sweet ecstatic deep house & UK bass cuts that have united people across the spectrum of music, from early club adopters like Annie Mac, Erol Alkan, Diplo, Martyn and Jackmaster to Fearne Cotton on daytime Radio 1, Trevor Nelson on 1xtra and even podcasts by Tiesto and Avicci. On some nights in Duke’s beloved Fabric London, you would hear the anthemic ‘The Giver’ being played in all three rooms at the same time.
In 2013 Dumont topped the UK charts on his newly minted Blasé Boys Club label, with the now Grammy nominated ‘Need U (100%)’ featuring A*M*E* on singing duties & co-written by teenage wonder-kid MNEK. With a chunky low-end, funky stabs and silky vocals this is like an early 90s house classic couched in 2013 techno techniques. In 1988 Inner City would have been jealous of this one. The most played song on Radio 1 / 1Xtra in the UK, #1 on Billboard's National Club Chart, had Duke performing at over 200 live shows around the world and the official video has now surpassed 17 million views on YouTube.
New single ‘I Got U’, featuring the first Blasé Boys Club signing, fellow producer Jax Jones, promises to shake up the dance too.
I Got U feat. JaxJones is out now
Riding high with a 2014 Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording (for his monumental hit 'Need U (100%)' feat. A*M*E*) and his recent signing to Astralwerks, UK producer Duke Dumont is ready to parlay his epic momentum into his first complete DJ tour across North America this April. The producer’s sonic amalgam draws from influences spanning from techno and UK garage to house and will undoubtedly continue to garner widespread popular and critical attention amongst US and Canadian audiences. Playing both clubs and festivals, including both Coachella weekends, Dumont is poised to play up the signature dichotomy of his music, layering the intimate with the expansive.
This string of dates comes hot on the heels of widespread success for Dumont's latest single “I Got U” Feat. Jax Jones (which has charted #1 on HypeMachine and #1 on Beatport House and already sports more than 1 million Soundcloud plays in less than a month). The track (available now) via Astralwerks / Blasé Boys Club, is an aural gateway into the producer’s much anticipated debut album and a high note of a starting point for his upcoming tour.
DUKE DUMONT APRIL 2014 TOUR DATES
4/11 Indio, CA Coachella
4/12 Austin, TX Kingdom
4/13 Miami, FL Surfcomber
4/17 San Francisco, CA Mezzanine
4/18 Indio, CA Coachella
4/19 Vancouver, BC Seasons Festival
4/20 Seattle, WA Re-Bar
4/24 New York, NY Output
4/25 Chicago, IL The Mid
4/26 Toronto, ON Coda