Grammy Award Winner Deep Forest Returns With New Album

By on June 11, 2013

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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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Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.

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