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The Best of Cerrone

Cerrone

Disco - Released October 8, 2021 | Malligator Préférence

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The Classics

Cerrone

Disco - Released October 8, 2021 | Malligator Préférence

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The Classics

Cerrone

Disco - Released June 30, 2021 | Malligator Préférence

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Experience (feat. Laylow)

Cerrone

Hip-Hop/Rap - Released July 2, 2020 | Malligator Préférence

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DNA

Cerrone

Electronic - Released February 7, 2020 | Malligator Préférence

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As of 2020, disco pioneer Marc Cerrone has been professionally making and performing music for nearly 50 years. His vast discography, spanning dozens of albums, has included Afro-beat-influenced funk, suspenseful soundtracks, adult contemporary pop, and French house. He will always be revered for his influential early solo albums, however, particularly the 1977 classic Supernature, which had an almost progressive rock-style sci-fi concept involving scientist-created mutants rebelling against humankind. While much of his later output is more populist, aiming at the radio or dance clubs, DNA is a more socially conscious, exploratory epic that recalls the space-disco subgenre more than any of Cerrone's past work. Unlike the guest-heavy 2016 effort Red Lips, this album was recorded entirely by Cerrone himself, and while it does feature his own vocoderized singing on some tracks, these are not pop songs in the slightest. Opening piece "The Impact" incorporates samples of the ethnologist Jane Goodall, reflecting on humanity's relationship with the planet. Instrumentals such as "Resolution" and "Air Dreaming" contain haunting melodies, propulsive drumming (played by Cerrone himself, rather than programmed on a grid), and starry synth arpeggios. The sensation of cruising through space is elevated by "I've Got a Rocket," which seems like a more interstellar variation on Cerrone's 1978 track "Rocket in the Pocket," with a sprinkling of Man-Machine-era Kraftwerk. The album slows down towards the end, suggesting that we've ventured far enough into the galaxy that we can cool the jets and float around for a while. "Close to the Sky" is a romantic soundtrack for a slow dance among the stars, and the dramatic finale "Prediction" sounds like the period leading up to facing one's own destiny. Showing all the bedroom synthwave geeks how it's done right, DNA is a remarkable effort, and easily the most exciting Cerrone album in ages. © Paul Simpson /TiVo

The Impact

Cerrone

Electronic - Released October 23, 2019 | Malligator Préférence

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The Impact

Cerrone

Electronic - Released October 3, 2019 | Malligator Préférence

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Afrodesia

Kongas

Alternative & Indie - Released March 22, 2019 | Malligator Préférence

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Mother

Kongas

Alternative & Indie - Released March 15, 2019 | Malligator Préférence

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Ready to Roar

Kongas

Electronic - Released February 22, 2019 | Malligator Préférence

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Supernature (instrumental)

Cerrone

Electronic - Released September 7, 2018 | Malligator Préférence

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Afro II

Cerrone

Electronic - Released June 29, 2018 | Malligator Préférence

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Kiss It Better (feat. Yasmin) [Remixes]

Cerrone

Electronic - Released June 9, 2017 | Malligator Préférence

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Move Me (feat. Brendan Reilly) [Remixes]

Cerrone

Electronic - Released January 20, 2017 | Malligator Préférence

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Red Lips

Cerrone

Disco - Released October 28, 2016 | Malligator Préférence

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With Red Lips, French disco pioneer Cerrone attempted to recapture the innovative sound of his '70s and early-'80s work after his productions had devolved into mind-numbing, by-the-numbers Euro-disco by the 21st century. All of the instruments on Red Lips were recorded live in the studio, with drumming by Cerrone himself in lieu of programmed beats, and guitars, horns, and keyboards rather than sequenced electronics. In some ways, it's Cerrone's Random Access Memories. Like that album, guest vocalists abound, including Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor, Disclosure collaborator Brendan Reilly, and Canadian dance-pop singer Kiesza. All of the songs are relentlessly upbeat, radio-ready four-minute dance-pop songs (rather than the side-long prog-disco epics of Cerrone's classic early albums), and the cheerful, escapist lyrics are almost entirely about love, dancing, or both. The only exception is "C'est Bon," a politically charged let's-all-get-along number sung by retro-soulster Aloe Blacc. Certainly the musicianship and arrangements are impeccable, but even with differing vocalists, all of the tracks are so similar that it ends up being as tedious as the producer's later work. Nile Rodgers' unmistakable guitar playing appears on "Illuminate Me," but he might as well have played on every one of them. The lyrics reference James Brown and Michael Jackson on first single "Move Me" and Beyoncé and Kanye West on "Ain't No Party (Like Monday Night)," but when Sam Gray sings "Let's go supernatural" on "Time Machine," you question if he's even heard Cerrone's immortal signature hit "Supernature." The only song on the album to break away from the formula is closing track "2nd Chance," which features drumming from Afro-beat legend Tony Allen (best known for being a crucial part of Fela Kuti's Africa 70). It's easily the most refreshing, exciting track on the album. By all means, if Red Lips inspires a new generation of club kids to become Cerrone fans, more power to them, but it's simply not one of his better albums. © Paul Simpson /TiVo

Monday Night (feat. Kiesza)

Cerrone

Disco - Released June 27, 2016 | Malligator Préférence

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Afro

Cerrone

Disco - Released February 12, 2016 | Malligator Préférence

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2nd Chance (feat. Tony Allen) [Mind Enterprises Remix]

Cerrone

Electronic - Released December 18, 2015 | Malligator Préférence

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Cerrone IV, VII

Cerrone

Disco - Released May 4, 2015 | Malligator Préférence

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The Remixes

Cerrone

Electronic - Released May 4, 2015 | Malligator Préférence

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