French duo The Blaze have announced the release of their debut album Dancehall, out on September 7 via Animal63 and offer fans another taster from Dancehall in the form of ‘She’.
Not to be confused with the sound specific of the Jamaican genre, Dancehall is instead a tribute to the scene itself which originated in the 1940’s. The dance hall was created from a desire to simply come together and party, at a time when the only way to listen to your favourite artist was to come together in such a way. This was a place where people lived, loved and danced. An overwhelming sense of humanity surrounds all that The Blaze create and perhaps that’s what Dancehall is, a complete reflection on said humanity.
The Blaze are a French duo, consisting of cousins Guillaume and Jonathan Alric, both music producers and film directors. Their story began with their inaugural track, Virile, released in 2016 on Bromance records. The duo then went on to released their debut Territory EP in April 2017, and earlier this year Heaven, the first track and music video of their debut album, on Animal63.
The Blaze have a very unique way of working, producing music and visuals at the same time, in tandem as it were. When it comes to music videos, they create this particular link between music and image that gives their work a real singularity, it’s The Blaze’s essence. It brings you into people’s life, into humanity. And when it comes to music only they play with your emotions.
Their work is completely open to interpretation, for everybody, equally. They have one wish, that you’re able to feel.
During their short tenure, The Blaze have already won numerous awards for their work including the Grand Prix at Cannes Lions and the Best Directors award at Berlin Music Video Awards, to name but a few.
Live, The Blaze are simply put, outstanding. Having already played some of the world’s biggest festivals this year – including Coachella, Primavera Sound, Parklife and Pitchfork Paris the last last 6 months – The Blaze have also just shared details of their debut North American headline tour. The tour will follow a whole host of further huge UK & European festival appearances during the summer.
The Blaze new single ‘She’ is OUT TODAY. DANCEHALL is out September 7, available for pre-order here.