French producer and multi-instrumentalist Jean Tonique is a red-hot talent with a raw and organic sound. He has multi-faceted influences, a love of 70s funk and has remixed everyone from The Kooks to Outkast while being a regular fixture on the Hype Machine Top 10. His happy, old-school music brings joy to dance floors worldwide and labels like Partyfine and now Circa ’99 with ‘Simple Things’. DMCWorld goes back to mine with Jean Tonique.
Dr. Dre feat. Eminem – Forgot About Dre
This is one of the first album I got on CD as a kid, playing this song shoots me right back to my room as a teenager playing music on my small hi-fi player.
Norma Jean Wright – I Like Love
Every production by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards deserves to be in this list, I’ve always been fascinated by the sound those guys had in the late 70’s.
Rex Orange County – THE SHADE
I’ve been a fan of Benny Sings since the day I heard « Big Brown Eyes » on the French radio. This song he co-composed with Rex Orange County has been an instant favourite.
Daft Punk – Too Long
I had to put a Daft Punk song in this list. This one can be listened to at home or in a club with the same amount of pleasure.
Sufjan Stevens – Should Have Known Better
Sufjan Stevens music is so soothing, I did a road-trip in California / Arizona a few years ago and this album was on repeat in the car.
The Beach Boys – God Only Knows
I love this classic song, the way the vocals layer on top of each others at the end of the song is amazing.
Parcels – Withorwithout
Parcels is an incredible band, I’ve seen them live a few times and they’re always so good and tight. I love the vocal harmonies on this one.
The Doobie Brothers – What A Fool Believes
I’ve always loved that song but it just became one of my all time favourites as we shared a moment with my girlfriend and our new-born son dancing to it, it was incredible.
Bob Marley – Waiting In Vain
Bob Marley’s music is so iconic. I end a lot of my DJ sets with this one, such a classic timeless song.
Chilly Gonzales – Dot
Chilly Gonzales is such an important character in pop music. I’m definitely not a good pianist, but this is a piece of music I love to play on a piano.
Jean Tonique ‘Simple Things’ is out now on Circa ’99.