Duke Dumont, one of house's best regarded producers, has ditched the genre on his new single, "Ocean Drive." Instead, the British producer embraces the sound of the 80s pop, heavy on synths, bass guitar and Miami Vice vibes. An uncredited male vocalist keeps that vibe going, sounding like Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange) as he sings, "don't say a word as we dance with the devil," ultimately asking, "how did we get here?" Like "Won't Look Back," "The Giver" and "Need U (100%)" before it, "Ocean Drive" is pure pop disguised as a dance banger. And despite the change in production style, Dumont maintains a steady 115 bpm to keep those bodies on the floor.
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In the press release announcing the new song, Dumont (real name Adam George Dyment), said that he's scrapping plans for an album and, rather, releasing new music through a series of EPs, starting with Blasé Boys Club Part 1, which comes out October 2 on Virgin EMI. The announcement also included details for Duke Dumont's upcoming fall tour, with dates in London, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., among other cities. Check out his new track below.
- Virgin EMI
- July 30, 2015