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Apollonia - Tour a tour

Apollonia, the French trio of Dan Ghenacia, Dyed Soundorom and Shonky, are set to release their debut artist album “Tour à Tour” in October. «Tour à Tour » (meaning to take turns, or ‘alternate’) represents the idea of a continuous motion of music between them, a never-ending circle that flows and becomes hypnotic…  This album represents the way they approach their DJ performance - a unity between them and they work like one artist; the music they play holds no boundaries of time, respecting music old and new.


Vibe brothers in the studio, DJ booth and life, Apollonia have cultivated a creative synergy that sees them connect and work as one artist. The three originally met in the Parisian after-party scene of the late 90s, where Ghenacia was a resident at the infamous underground after-hour, Batofar.  After over ten years of music and friendship, in 2012 the three decided the natural progression was to collaborate and form the DJ outfit and label, Apollonia.  What they describe as a meeting of “black music and white soul”, they have showcased their electric back2back2back sessions in the best clubs and festivals the world over.

Created in a six-month studio lock down in Berlin in early 2014, and mixed down by Philippe Zdar (Cassius) and Alex Kid, ‘Tour à Tour’ opens with the sounds of Apollonia’s roots in house music. Here are the reviews of some tracks that catch my ears !

The album’s first track, ‘June’, is a deep, heady tension holder; a female vocal softly weaves in and out, creating an energy that locks you in from the start, a staple track for Apollonia to begin and end their sets. ‘Piano’ is a melodic groove with pretty interesting vibration. Definitely a track to play for a warm up. Then we have ‘Mercato’ is a hypnotic Caribbean tunnel to get lost in…  It is for me the best track of the album, even if the linear rhythm can be sometimes a bit tiring. It has at least a strong vibe and dark vocal that will be perfect to be played in the middle of the set to kick again the butt of the party goers! The album finishes with ‘Height Street’, sirens again pervade and in the words of Apollonia it is. A track that look like the 90’s very surprising in terms of atmosphere without a regular beats that will disturb more than one listener. “A proper break-beat track from our California roots, for us it is a good way to end the album, as we say in French “La boucle est bouclée (the loop is looped)” as Apollonia said.


Written by Dj Aroy
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