Claptone – In The Night feat. Ben Duffy
Claptone is my favorite house DJ. Period. Apparently he was DJ Mag’s #1 house DJ as well, charting at #69 on their Top 100 DJ list. He recently announced his plans for releasing his second studio album, Fantast. To give a bit more weight to the announcement, he also dropped a new single, In The Night, featuring Ben Duffy. The single is nothing short of greatness from one of the most soulful and funky house DJs in the game. With a looping synth, orchestral elements mixed with a rock guitar, and Ben’s pop-style vocals, there’s something for everyone on this FIRE house single. I’m getting Daft Punk vibes on this with the guitar use.
Fantast is set to have 13 original tracks, collaborating with a diverse group of individuals such as Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke, Blaenavon, Tender, Jones, Zola Blood, Austra’s Katie Stelmanis, The Boxer Rebellion’s Nathan Nicholson, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Joan as a Policewoman and Matt Simons. Claptone’s enigmatic presence will supposedly be unfolded on the album, creating a narrative around the Claptone story. In Fantast, Claptone will delve deeper into the art of songwriting.
Claptone sent a quote along about the album…
“Over the last two years it has been a great pleasure to work on this album as a counterpoint to the hectic world of travelling as a DJ. To lose myself when making music, to dive into and create my very own realm of beauty. I admit it’s a dreamy, a heartfelt, at times a naive and surely escapist album, but what to do if one – on the quest for his soul – develops a strong desire to go back to his roots, back to nature? Did I find myself on that journey? Rather not. But I found some beautiful moments in the green, out in the woods, out in the fields, under the moon and in the night, moments, which I want to share with you. And there is one thing I learned and now it can be told, I am and have always been a ‘Fantast’.”
2018 is set to be another year of constant touring for Claptone. Below are some accomplishments the artist had in 2017.
- 60m Spotify streams of Claptone’s debut album Charmer
- #1 House DJ in DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJ’s Poll
- 260 shows in 2017 worldwide (1000+ shows in last 4 years)
- BBC Radio 1 Essential New Tune Fri & JJJ first plays after release
- 60 festival appearances last summer inc; Creamfields, SW4, Reading & Leeds, Tomorrowland, Rock am Ring, Awakenings, Melt, Nocturnal Wonderland