Perseus, Jonas Rathsman, Moon Boots & Isaac Tichauer @Output, 11.6.13

One of the great things about being in NYC is that we have access to up-and-comers on the music scene well before they become popular worldwide. We have occupied various NYC venues for the musical stylings of French Express’ stable of producers and DJs over the past few years and it has been exciting to see their gay fan base grow with each appearance. Three of French Express’ biggest artists, Jonas Rathsman, Perseus (the label’s founder) and Moon Boots are coming back to NYC on Wednesday, November 6th, and will be joined by one of our favorite nu-disco/house and fellow labelmate, Isaac Tichauer.

We’ve been following Sydney’s Isaac Tichauer closely since summer 2012 when we saw singles like ‘Doing What I Got’ surface, showcasing his knack for tropical house tunes later found on his Devotion LP . True to French Express fashion, Tichauer delivers unexpected twists and turns in his productions and is a big fan of sampled vocals — making him all the more appealing for gay audiences.

Below are some of the latests efforts by his fellow headliners and labelmates. Take a spin and get warmed up for yet another evening of great music and dancing. See you on the dancefloor!

Occupation Plan
Wednesday, Nov 5th, 2013
$20 (advanced)
74 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211 Map
CHVRCHES: ‘The Mother We Share (Moon Boots Remix)’

Scottish electropop band CHVRCHES is a band whose name has been on the tongues of many music fans for the past couple months stateside . Their debut album, The Bones of What You Believe, was released less than 2 weeks ago and is getting the attention of many music critics and bloggers. With a sound reminiscent of Niki and the Dove, the young band’s first single from the album is ‘The Mother We Share’, a song they performed a few months back on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Moon Boots has remixed the song, adding in hearty pianos and breaks to give the song a more mature feel.

As seen on The OXD Mirror on Towleroad.com.

Jonas Rathsman, Perseus and Moon Boots @Output, 7.11.13

French Express has become one of the biggest nu-disco and house labels in the industry. Unphased by the ups and downs and “hype” that the music business brings along with it, their mission is simply to put out great music and get people dancing. Three of French Expres’ biggest artists, Jonas Rathsman, Perseus (the label’s founder) and Moon Boots are teaming up for a night of great music at Output on Thursday, July 11th and we’re ecstatic to for this stellar line up.

Jonas Rathsman grew up in a small village in Western Sweden, far away from the disco lights and clubs that now have become an integral part of his life. His debut EP Tobago was released in late 2011, and followed up with the singles ‘Since I Don’t Have You’, ‘W4W’ and his latest, ‘Bringing You Down’. His tracks are notable for their prominent featuring of soulful vocals and very classic house sound. Rathsman’s creative streak isn’t limited to only music – he is also the co-owner and producer behind the fashion brand Uniforms for the Dedicated.

Perseus is known for his tropical, beach-friendly production, going as far to describe the genre of his music as “euphoria”. He has a particular knack for taking pop and R&B songs from popular radio’s past and breathing a new life into them, like on his 2011 Russian Girlfriends EP and last summer’s Seychelles/Zanzibar EP. He has also done remixes for artists like Mark Ronson and Jeremy Glenn. Perseus was really at the forefront of the tropical-house trend of 2012, and we’re hoping he has more up his sleeve for this summer.

With remixes for the likes of Little Boots, Jonas Rathsman and Bondax under his belt in the past year, Moon Boots also has made some outstanding original tracks including his most recent, ‘Love Strong.’ His style is decidedly nu-disco, favoring pulsing bass lines, funky synths and bold vocals. Every time we have seen him DJ, he commands the DJ booth and manages to get the entire club dancing, and we’re sure his set at Output will not disappoint.

Occupation Plan
Thursday, July 11th, 2013
$15 (advanced)
74 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211 Map
French Express Tour @Brooklyn Bowl, 12.7.12

If you have either been reading our weekly Towleroad column, The OXD Mirror, or been to our previous events, then you know we are huge fans of French Express, the Perseus-founded label that prides itself on “cultivating the sound of feel good.” Naturally, we were ecstatic to find out that their collective of artists will be on tour at Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Bowl next month. We gathered at Le Bain for Moon Boots back in July, and this time he’s joined by label-mates Chris Malinchak and Jonas Rathsman, so get ready to Occupy The Disco. Check out more information on the artists below, and make sure to RSVP on our Facebook Event page so we know to look out for you.

Jonas Rathsman made a huge impact on the house music scene when French Express released ‘Since I Don’t Have You,’ a fierce house track that relies heavily on falsetto vocals and production reminiscent of St. Etienne. The 32-year-old Sweden native Jonas Rathsman releases ‘Since I Don’t Have You’ as his third solo single on the label, following the buzzworthy ‘Tobago.’ Combining disco and classic house styles, it’s clear Rathsman’s style is meant to get your feet moving and head bobbing. Aside from his music and production, Rathsman is also a graphic designer and partner behind sustainable fashion line Uniforms For The Dedicated. Impressive resume!

Chris Malinchak is a New York City-based artist that has been gathering an ever-growing house music fan base over the past year. Following his latest EP, Ironbound, Chris Malinchak has released quite a few tracks. His latest, “So Good to Me,” was recently highlighted by Pete Tong as an essential tune of the week on his popular Radio One show and it’s not hard to imagine why. Malinchak has perfected the dreamy disco/house sound, and we look forward to checking it out live next month.

Moon Boots, the alter ego of Peter Dougherty, is a Chicago-based artist that is also heavily influenced by R&B and underground disco, as evidenced by his recent releases,’Running From,‘ and his remix of Alison Valentine’s ‘Peanut Butter.‘ ‘Sugar,’ his latest track, follows in suit with its sample of Janet Jackson’s 90’s hit, ‘If.’ We had an absolute blast when we heard Moon Boots last July and have no doubt he’ll bring the house down in Brooklyn.

In addition the tracks above we’ve also included mixtapes by each artist, to give you a better idea of what to expect at Brooklyn Bowl.

*Special thanks to our friends at Hard Candy Music, for the Moon Boots mixtape.

Occupation Plan
Friday, December 7th
Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11124 Map
The Ru-Mix – Perfect Summer Day II: ‘Sugar Boat Disco’

Part II of the ‘Perfect Summer Day’ series, ‘Sugar Boat Disco’ showcases the emerging trend of R&B hits from yesterday being refashioned into Balearic disco & house tracks. There are a few artists that have pretty much cornered the market on this (almost all of them from one of our favorite labels, French Express) so this mix consistently delivers a great, chilled-out vibe. With its tropical disco sound, these nostalgia driven tracks are best enjoyed poolside or at the beach, preferably with some friends to partake in the revelry. Keep the cocktails flowing as Part III, which is coming tomorrow, will keep the party going as you dance under the setting sun.

Download here (via iTunes).

  1. Bronx: ‘I’ll Be Loving You’
  2. Moon Boots: ‘Got Somebody’
  3. Isaac Tichauer: ‘Doing What I Got’
  4. Perseus: ‘Love in Zanzibar’
  5. Moon Boots: ‘Bills to Pay’
  6. Only Children: ‘Down Fever’
  7. Tina Turner: ‘What’s Love Got To Do (Zimmer Rework)’
  8. Moon Boots: ‘Sugar’
  9. ColeCo: ‘Ricky Smiley’
  10. Perseus: ‘Running Back To You’
  11. Monitor 66: ‘Triscuits’
  12. Le Youth: ‘Dance With Me’
  13. Late Night Tuff Guy: ‘Body’s on Fire’
  14. Perseus: ‘Seychelles’
  15. Chris Malinchak: ‘Beside Me’
  16. ColeCo: ‘Rock The Boat’