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By far the most impressive young contender to emerge from the European Dance explosion, French Electro connoisseur Madeon remains an unstoppable beacon of hope amid the crowded industry heyday. Fresh off the mark from his blistering second single ‘Finale’ for Popcultur, the junior mixmaster follows the theme of vocal gems with ‘The City’.

Strung with a firm topline courtesy of LA based Funk/Pop hopeful Zak Waters, this strong third outing fuses the uplifting qualities of Madeon’s fluid synth work with the radio-friendly character that has made his early-rising output so crucial to the modern industry. In a far less experimental vein than its predecessor, ‘The City’ looks sure to be one of the most defining moments to fall upon this early explosion of France’s next great chapter in the history books of Electronic music.

The extended mix will be released October 8 as part of a ‘The City’ EP, featuring a Netsky remix of ‘Finale’ and two unreleased mixes of ‘Icarus’.

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Update (5/10): The ‘The City EP’ is now available on iTunes, Spotify, and Beatport.

Having captivated the industry with his technological take on mixing and a slew of airwave worthy cuts, 18-year-old French wunderkind Hugo Pierre Leclercq, better known to the world as Madeon, returns with a strong third release on his own Popcultur label.

Ahead of it’s worldwide radio premiere on Annie Mac’s prime-time BBC Radio 1 show tomorrow night, Madeon teams up with Los Angeles-based pop-funk singer Zak Waters to release the official video teaser for the follow-up to ‘Finale‘, entitled ‘The City’. A staple in his sets of late and told to be the favorite track he’s ever produced, Leclercq ups the ante for a signature blend of feel good vibes and eclectic lead work throughout.

‘The City’ is set to be released this month.

Update: As just premiered by Annie Mac, listen to an extended version of ‘The City’ below.

Within a year that has balanced visionary movements with blatant mediocrity for global Dance music, the young amalgamative master known as Madeon has strongly circled the prior. Between such landmark appearances at Milton Keynes alongside Swedish House Mafia and New York’s Electronic Daisy Carnival and his awe-inspiring mini mix for Annie Mac, Hugo Leclercq returns to his own Popcultur imprint with a strong follow-up to ‘Icarus’.

But for all the adrenaline that has surrounding the young producers work of late, a turn to the more down tempo realms does not do his industrious credit any harm. Uniting his stamp of melodic authenticity with the vocal talents of Nicholas Petricca to utilise this hefty surge of heavyset club fuel from outside of his comfort zone, the emotive yet well-rounded energy that pervades ‘Finale’ provides yet another dimension to an already meticulous force within European Dance music.

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Update (10/8): Preview the Dillon Francis remix below. Released August 16 on Popcultur.

Words by Dan Carter

There is no denying the hold French wunderkind Madeon has on Electronic Dance Music. But with an acclaimed performance at Electric Daisy Carnival New York under his belt, Hugo Leclercq returns to production duties for his second installment on his own Popcultur imprint. Where label debut ‘Icarus‘ raised a high-end mixture of sound melodic pop that beckons the positive vibes of an early 80s dance floor, his follow-up ‘Finale’ sees the young Frenchman depart from his potent signature take on French house for a notable step away from his comfort zone.

Driven by the urge to push something different for his latest studio endeavour, ‘Finale’s’ more down-tempo approach still teems with the same ambitious sounds and intricate melodic styling’s that have carried his reputation from the outset of his premature explosion. Armed with the stirring vocal styling’s of homeland peer Nicholas Petricca, the young and aspiring producer gains yet further momentum with an unexpected yet emotively refined follow-up to prove that the hysteria surrounding his spritely talents remain wholeheartedly earned.

‘Finale’ is out July 22nd his own Popcultur label.

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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.

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Words by Dan Carter

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

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