French producer-DJ Cédric Steinmyller, better known as Klingande, is a talented and versatile performer. His unique, heavily saxophone laden ‘live DJ-sets’ will tear the roof off of any theater and provide euphoric jubilation to small, dark, basements alike. Join the212 squad when Klingande brings his upbeat, infectious sound to Webster Hall this Friday night.
Klingande’s sound is hard to get out of your head. His production layers deep house basslines beneath uplifting instrumental melodies, and his live sets are typically alongside a ray-bans clad saxophonist that the entire crowd will be fixated on. The last (and first) time I’ve seen these guys, I must have heard the phrase, “dude, that sax player is killing it – he’s the man!” at least 50 times. Okay, so it was me who said it 29-30 of those times, but still. Be it the music or the performance, his extraordinary style is one that makes you smile.
Ostensibly pioneered by Australian producer/DJ/boot chugger below, Thomas Jack, the proliferation of tropical/melodic-deep house skyrocketed when Klingande dropped an absolute gem in the summer of 2013. If you haven’t heard it, please: stop reading immediately, don’t front, and apologize for lying to your friends.
Literally meaning “joy” in Swedish, Jubel has captivated dance music listeners across the world, racking up 66 million plays on Youtube, Soundcloud, and Spotify combined. It’s just too easy for Klingande. When your world renowned track gets everyone dancing and quashes all beefs between those v-neck bros in the very front, it’s almost hard not to be globally adored.
That’s why Klingande is taking it to another level. His newest single, ‘Riva’, brings an interesting new face to his sound. Take it from Cedric himself: “I wanted to keep my sound, following up ‘Jubel,’ and at the same time bring something new. In my scene nobody’s really used harmonica before and when I heard it I felt it was absolutely perfect.”
Although the breakout star noted the inspiration of Melodic Deep House predecessors like Bakermat and Klangkarussell, he is a big reason why the genre is enjoying its current boom. These guys have played and will play main-stages, private islands, Webster Halls, booze cruises or really, wherever. Furthermore, Norweigan producer Kygo’s massive success has paved the way for the sub-genre to stay.
Klingande on Tropical House [lessthan3 blog]:
“I think this music exploded in Europe, and now in the US and the rest of the world, because people wanted to come back to real music, with melody, acoustic instruments, and vocals. After listening to so many hard sounds in EDM, people want music to chill, share happiness and peace together. That’s why all these artists and this music break through blogs, YouTube channels etc. I think this is following a global tendency over the world, back to the roots, natural things, and looking for more peace and love.”
Names like KANT, Tube & Berger, and Friend Within have lent their own take to his music, while the Frenchman has also remixed songs by Clean Bandit, Alex Adair, and Wyclef Jean.
Don’t sleep on Nora en Pure either. Often playing with Klingande, she’s a lock to kill it on Friday.
Her most recent Purified mix below includes music from Todd Terry, Shiba San, and Basement Jaxx:
A limited amount of tickets are still available here, Summer is coming – follow @the212 for exclusive content covering this can’t-miss show. And if you do have other plans, well – I guess you can settle on this groovy playlist from the newest 212 writer Zakariyah #vibes