Caribou – Never Come Back
Simply my favorite song of 2020, Caribou is one of my top artists ever and his influence is really important on my work. I feel like this track can crush anytime in a set.
A classic track, no doubt. I love the massive build up in this one, I feel like it had a big impact on the electronic music scene. I think it fits better at the end of a set, particularly at sunset.
Pional – Tempest
One of my favorite club tracks, the arpeggio in this one is still a magnificent mystery to me.
Four Tet – Baby
It was my soundtrack of the lockdown. The percussion and the sampled vox are the highlights to me. Perfect track mid set.
Rae Morris – Do it (Icarus Remix)
I don’t remember how many times I have started a set with this remix, one thing’s for sure is that it happens very often! Icarus are some of the best producers I know, love them.
Moby – Go
I grew up with this song, my mom used to play it in the car all the time. Moby is a big part of my musical heritage. I love how he took up the theme from “Twin Peaks.” It’s a masterpiece that you can play at any time.
Frost – Overtones
This is one of my favorite track from Anjunadeep this year. I heard it for the first time when Jody and James played at Printworks. The vibe was really special.
Amtrac – Radical feat. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
CRi ‘Juvenile’ (Anjunadeep)
French-Canadian producer and live act Christophe Dubé, aka CRi, is a dance music star in the making. Following in the footsteps of fellow Montréalers Jacques Greene and Kaytranada, CRi has risen through the city’s bubbling scene in recent years and now reveals his debut album ‘Juvenile’.
A self-taught college dropout, CRi caught the attention of tastemaker press with early singles ‘Rush’ and ‘Don’t’, which were accompanied by award-winning music videos, and picked up a nomination for Electronic Release of The Year at the 2018 Juno Awards (Canada’s equivalent to The Grammy’s).
CRi’s sound blurs light, dream-like melodies with textured production – capturing the energy of the dancefloor, and the nostalgia of the morning after. Christophe draws inspiration from his musical heroes Moby, St Germain and Daniel Bélanger (who appears on the album), along with more contemporary influences ranging from Caribou and Dark Sky to Jacques Greene and Actress.
Having debuted on Anjunadeep in 2019 he quickly caught the ear of BBC Radio 1’s Pete Tong and Annie Mac with his ‘Initial EP’, which was also championed on KCRW by Jason Bentley.
The 11-track debut LP ‘Juvenile’ now marks a coming of age for the young artist…
“Juvenile is an ode to youth, innocence and dreams. The melancholy of the past and the hope of the future shape the mood of this album. The project revisits what resonated with me when I was young, and blends it with what drives me today. It’s a way for me to take stock of an era, and turn the page on something new.”
The album’s first single ‘Never Really Get There’ features CRi’s long-time collaborator Jesse Mac Cormack, weaving CRi’s alternative electronic sound with Jesse’s delicate vocals.
Throughout the album CRi collaborates with a number of his French-Canadian contemporaries, including Sophia Bel and Bernache (one third of indie pop band Men I Trust), and Québécois legend Daniel Bélanger. A star of the French-Canadian music scene and three-time Juno award winner, Daniel Bélanger lends his distinctive Francophone vocals to ‘Signal’, the album’s third single.
“All the collaborators come from Montréal (or at least from Québéc); it was very important that my first album was a product of my environment.”
A talented live performer, CRi plays solo and as a three-piece band with collaborators Jesse Mac Cormack and Sophia Bel. A hot ticket in his hometown, he has already headlined Piknic Electronik and played to thousands at Osheaga. With touring plans on hold due to the Coronavirus pandemic, CRi will present a series of livestreams throughout the summer.
The album marks another milestone for UK label Anjunadeep. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the label is now approaching 500 releases, and is known for unearthing the likes of Dusky, Lane 8, Yotto and Cubicolor. With hundreds of millions of streams in recent years, and sold-out label festivals around the world, Anjunadeep continues to cement its place as one of electronic music’s leading labels, with CRi at the forefront.
‘Juvenile’ is set for release on October 16 2020 via Anjunadeep.
Photo: William Arcand