It is not uncommon to find the notorious NU-Disco sub genre cloaked in an air of mystery and confusion. But where countless arguments have surrounded it’s popular vintage appeal, 17-year-old spectacle Madeon has not only mastered it, but led it forward with promising pace. Hailing from France and already boasting remix duties for Deadmau5’s ‘Raise Your Weapon’, the budding beat smith’s addition to Swedish House Mafia’s landmark British showcase at Milton Keynes Bowl this summer marks that we are not alone in scoping what promises to be an Electronic sensation in the making.
In a bid to establish Electro’s glitchier side, the Pete Tong approved ‘Icarus’ raises a potent blend of mechanically sound melodic pop that beckons the positive vibes of an early-80’s dance floor from the outset. But where others have recreated the heyday of this Electronic offspiring, this modern and meticulous display of Madeon’s carefully crafted club dialect suggests that despite his youth there is a air of maturity in with work significantly lacking elsewhere in the industry. Where Greek mythology placed Icarus as the object of failing ambition, this potent original from France’s freshest House talent is set to turn that ideal on itself as the young producer continues to spread his wings towards the big league. Judging by the positive noise thus far, this is one artist who need not fear the heat of the sun on his journey upwards.
‘Icarus’ is due out February 26th as the premiere release of his own record label Popcultur.
Words by Dan Carter