The sample-based disco, funk, and soul inspired strand of house music that came out of France in the ’90’s leveraged all the best bits and pieces of Chicago’s jacking house, Detroit techno, and New York disco. As with all music it was eventually given a clever label, ‘French Touch.’ The scene’s sound and it’s core players are the focus “Eden,” a new film directed by Mia Hansen-Løve that is scheduled to be screened at this week’s Sundance Film Festival. We got a first look at the film last summer as it did the rounds at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Like most, the ‘French Touch’ scene had humble beginnings. A small group of DJ’s and producers with a strong solidarity amongst its players defining a new generation of electronic music that spread it’s tentacles across the globe. Although it’s a bit misleading to say “Eden” is a film about Daft Punk‘s Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, they are featured as key players in the scene’s evolution. Hard to imagine that the then teenage duo would one day transform into their now robot forms, collect a slew of Grammy Awards and scoring a film along the way.

Although Daft Punk may be the most recognized artists spawned from the ‘French Touch’ era, there were countless influential labels, DJs and producers crafting house music that still stands up today. Eager to see how effectively the film stays true to the actual events and players with the fiction that was woven in. Check out the trailer below and we’ll be sure to keep you posted on release dates here in the US. Stay tuned.



Film: Watch The Exclusive Teaser Trailer For “SOMM: Into the Bottle”

“History, wars, food, cost, ego… Can there be any other business where there’s so much bullshit?”

The majority of us wine snobs have seen the film “SOMM” more than a few times on Netflix since it’s release a couple of years ago. As you’ll see from the exclusive teaser trailer below, the follow up “SOMM: Into The Bottle” (also directed by Jason Wise) will feature some of those who secured their Master Sommelier certificates in the prequel but the focus will remain on the magical grape juice itself. The hope is to educate and unravel some of the mysteries of the wine world along the way.

Although we don’t have a set release date yet, Goldwyn Films will be distributing “SOMM: Into the Bottle” in theaters sometime this year. Stay tuned.



Music: Toro y Moi Shares First Single From New LP “What For?”

This week we get the first taste of a new 10-track Toro y Moi LP due this April. “Empty Nesters,” the lead single from the record is full of nostalgia and psychedelic undertone…taking a decidedly more rock approach than the R&B vibe we’ve become accustomed to from Mr. Bundick. Recorded at his house in Berkeley, the new material is his first as Tory y Moi since 2013’s “Anything in Return,” and features guests appearances from Unknown Mortal Orchestra guitarist Ruban Neilson as well as Julian Lynch.

There is a limited Deluxe LP (initial run of just over 1,000 copies), that comes in a gatefold jacket featuring blue and white starburst vinyl. Also included in the package are an exclusive poster and sticker designed by Chaz Bundick, plus a digital download card.

Although Carpark Records isn’t set to release the record until April 7th, you can pre-order the new album “What For?” now and get an immediate download of “Empty Nesters” in return.

The man behind some of last year’s biggest hits from the likes of Disclosure, Jessie Ware, and Sam Smith in addition to Mary J. Blige‘s recent album has launched his first effort as a solo artist. Singer/songwriter/DJ/producer Jimmy Napes recently premiered his first single “Give It Up” on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show and now we have a visual to support it as well.

Directed by Luke Monaghan, the gritty (probably NSFW for most) visual showcases the evils of addiction. Ads a bit of a darker tone to the otherwise upbeat and soulful tune but it’s a winner regardless. Eager to hear more.

Napes’ debut EP, “The Making of Me,” is due on March 9th via Method Records.



Tech: Pioneer Launches The All-In-One XDJ-RX DJ System

Pioneer now offers digital DJs a way to be liberated from the laptop. At least while performing. Following the recent release of the XDJ-1000, the first CD-less digital deck, the XDJ-RX integrates that technology into an all-in-one DJ system.


The XDJ-RX DJ system’s killer features are the two CD-less decks along with a full-color LCD display at the top of the unit. The single LCD screen serves up information from both players simultaneously, including waveforms, playback position, BPM and beat grids.

The two CDJ-style platters and associated controls will be familiar to longtime Pioneer enthusiasts. DJs can load tracks from the rekordbox™ software directly from USB key or iOS/Android device to the player. Trigger pads allow for instant access to pre-programmed cues and loops or cut them on the fly with the new Loop Slice function.

Look for the XDJ-RX DJ system to hit stores in late February for $1,499.00 USD.



Gear: Nike Unveils The Metcon 1

Looks like Nike is going after a share of the cross-training (specifically CrossFit) category that they once dominated. Due January 31st, the Nike Metcon 1 is designed specifically for the riggers of the CrossFit workout regimen with style and grace.


The Metcon 1 trainers are certainly built to last. Durable construction and lightweight stability allow for intense conditioning whether you’re lifting, running or jumping.


The flex groove outsole represents another evolution of Nike’s expertise in the running category. Allowing for natural movement during intense conditioning.


Look for the Nike Metcon 1 to hit in multiple colorways inlcuding the featured Dark Grey/Volt-Black-White option featured here on January 31st (10am EST/7am PST) for $120.00 USD.