Deep Forest, the brainchild of French musician Eric Mouquet, returns with
its latest album, Deep Africa, to be released July 9th on BIG3 Records. The
globally recognized Grammy award winning group, whose music has often
been described as an “ethnic electronica collective,” has sold more than
10 million albums to date.
Deep Africa is a tribute to the music that first influenced Mouquet and
features collaborations with such world renown African artists as Zama
Magadulela, Lokua Kanza, Blick Bassy, Wasis Diop, Olyza, Dany de
Mouataba, Alune Wade, David Fall, and Giumba Kouiate.
“It was a privilege to collaborate with such talented African artists
on this project,” said Mouquet. “We worked openly in the studio, so
none of the songs were composed before our sessions. The music
was created during the time we spent together, and this process
inspired songs with different atmospheres, ranging from electro world,
to reggae, and to acoustic ballads. The mix of vintage synthesizers,
vocals, and authentic African music produced the warm and wild
sound I was looking to create when I set off to make Deep Africa.
Dance and EDM remixes from Deep Africa are also making their way
into clubs and on the radio. The “Dub Africa” remix debuted at number
20 on the Music World Club Chart in Europe.
Deep Forest has a long pedigree that includes award winning albums
and movie soundtracks, including Robert Altman’s Pret a Porter,
Strange Days, The Island of Dr. Moreau, the French film Pacifique,
and the Japanese film Kusa No Ran.
Deep Forest first sprung to fame in 1992 with the release of their
dance-driven self-titled album, which was nominated for a Grammy
award for Best World Music Album. The album produced a UK top 10 hit,
Sweet Lullaby in 1995, the group won the Grammy for Best World Music
Album for Boheme, which utilized Hungarian and Gypsy chants over the top
of sanguine electronic beats. It also won a World Music Award that year as
the French group with the highest number of worldwide sales.
Other Deep Forest albums include Comparsa, featuring Spanish chants,
Pacifique, which mixed Pacific and island beats with electronic music, the
digital only Deep Brazil, a collaboration with Brazilian artist Flavio Dell Isola,
and the rock-influenced album Music Detected, which was inspired by the
Far East and the Orient. Mouquet also collaborated with multi-platinum
artist Josh Groban on Groban’s Awake album.
The Deep Forest/Deep Africa release is the first in a newly revamped
BIG3 label roster. The company is currently moving forward with new
alliances and cutting edge artists, developing the new business
model that is tailor made for creative established and new artists.
Deep Forest will soon announce dates for its U.S. tour.
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