RELEASE NEW SINGLE ‘SHAKE THE DISEASE
(FT. ANNA MAJIDSON)’
COLORS LIVE SESSION NOW STREAMING
French electronic pop band BLOW release new single ‘Shake The Disease’, the title track from the Parisian trio’s forthcoming album, produced by Kitsuné-fostered talent Crayon (who’s previously collaborated with Phoenix, Yuksek and Simian Mobile Disco) and due for release late 2021. The new track – featuring a guest appearance from HAUTE’s Anna Majidson – arrives alongside a live performance filmed for COLORS. ‘Shake The Disease’ is now streaming across all platforms from here, with the COLORS session available, streaming below:
Once again, a rich composition is enhanced with this sublime energy and soulful melodies. This sensational soothing ensemble is nothing short of intoxicating. The surreal yet sublime atmosphere that BLOW craft becomes this essential immersive backdrop that the entire audience wants to immerse themselves within. The delicate vocal notes fit perfectly against the intricate instrumentation.
Written both prior to and amidst France’s pandemic lockdown of the past 18 months, Shake The Disease thrums with the anxiety and unease – articulated by Quentin Guglielmi (vocals), Thomas Clairice (bass, formerly a touring member of Her) and Jean-Etienne Maillard (guitar) – of staring down your 30s in an increasingly unsettled world. Whilst Quentin’s confessional lyrics often hold a mirror up to a generation increasingly forced to question everything, across the new album BLOW’s songwriting is suffused with thick, elastic grooves borne out of an enriching new collaboration with Crayon.
For the album’s woozy, languorous title track, BLOW are joined by Anna Majidson of French duo HAUTE (watch their COLORS performance here). Speaking about the intention behind ‘Shake The Disease’, BLOW say; This is not a love song. It’s a call for help written during a complicated time where we were losing our marks. We naturally thought of Anna to perform and embody one of the two characters in the track’s narrative. We love her voice which was perfect to bring warmth and sensuality to the track, which she effortlessly did. We’re very proud and happy to have her on the album.
As with their debut album & EPs, the lyrics across Shake The Disease are English in their entirety – a by-product of BLOW’s tendency towards English and American influences including Moderat, Jungle, and The xx. Whilst both Thomas & Jean-Etienne are traditionally conservatoire trained – originally meeting as roommates at Nancy’s Music Academy International – the new album is dominated by a collective love of hip-hop, particularly for rap obsessives Thomas & Crayon.
‘Shake The Disease’ and previous single releases ‘One Life’ and ‘Full Delight’ are the fruits of a creative left turn from BLOW. Driven by an instinct to leaven the completely electronic textures which defined the band’s debut EPs and album release with more organic sounds, in Shake The Disease, BLOW have emerged from lockdown with a record that resonates with the unprecedented circumstances in which it was created. Nervy, bruised and questioning, yes, but brimming also with purpose and resilience, primed to soundtrack an overdue return to late-night dance floors very soon.