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Before 2012 Duke Dumont was known as a ‘producer’s producer’. He was the name on a 12” record the DJ knew to reach for when he wanted to please the crowd, without them knowing who had constructed the mesmerising sonic confection they were dancing too.
Duke’s early career was mentored by Switch (last sighted producing for Beyoncé) and he made his name as the ‘go-to’ man to remake a pop song for the dance floor (Lily Allen and Bat For Lashes were notable clients). In 2011, he moved out of London to the countryside (Hertfordshire, where his studio overlooks a forest) to focus on his original material.
New single ‘Need U (100%)’ features 17 year-old starlet A*M*E* on singing duties. With a chunky low-end, funky stabs and silky vocals this is like an early 90s house classic couched in 2013 techno techniques. In 1988 Inner City would have been jealous of this one.
Co-written by teenage wonder-kid MNEK (who recently sung on Rudimental’s ‘Spoons’ with Syron) the Duke will release ‘Need U (100%)’ on his newly minted Blasé Boys Club label.
Duke Dumont ft. A*M*E – Need U (100%)