CLAPTONE ANNOUNCES SECOND ALBUM ‘FANTAST’
AND SHARES SINGLE ‘IN THE NIGHT’
The masked man returns for his second album on Different Recordings / [PIAS] to be released 8th June 2018
Claptone reveals artwork and a tracklisting which features collaborations with Kele Okereke, Blaenavon, Tender, Jones, Zola Blood, Austra, Nathan Nicholson, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Matt Simons.
Unveils new single ‘In The Night’ featuring Ben Duffy.
Claptone Invasion stunt lands in 5 major world cities to announce album.
‘FANTAST’ – http://smarturl.it/FANTAST
‘IN THE NIGHT’ – http://smarturl.it/claptone-inthenight
Fantast Album Cover (Big Active)
Claptone is a unique proposition in modern music. Painted as a mythical character shrouded in mystery, Claptone has become one of the biggest names in electronic music whilst himself remaining in the shadows. He has however constantly sought to deepen his own distinctive world, creating a rich tapestry, which tells the Claptone story.
In his second artist album ‘Fantast’, the Claptone universe is at its deepest and most vivid. He is the master of his domain and in his most artful offering yet, the assured 13 tracks of ‘Fantast’ come together to create an album full of varied colours and atmospheric textures.
In music Claptone seeks not to create a world of secrecy, but one of great depth and intrigue. An enigma with a tireless desire for creativity and thirst for new music, Claptone has brought together a diverse group of collaborators such as Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke, Blaenavon, Tender, Jones, Zola Blood, Austra’s Katie Stelmanis, The Boxer Rebellion’s Nathan Nicholson, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Joan as a Policewoman and Matt Simons.
‘Over the last two years it has been a great pleasure to work on this album as a counterpoint to the hectic world of traveling as a DJ. To lose myself when making music, to dive into and create my very own realm of beauty. I admit it’s a dreamy, a heartfelt, at times a naive and surely escapist album, but what to do if one – on the quest for his soul – develops a strong desire to go back to his roots, back to nature? Did I find myself on that journey? Rather not. But I found some beautiful moments in the green, out in the woods, out in the fields, under the moon and in the night, moments, which I want to share with you. And there is one thing I learned and now it can be told, I am and have always been a ‘Fantast’.’
The first single ‘In The Night’ features the vocals of Ben Duffy, which paired with Claptone’s insistent and upbeat production, makes for an exquisitely executed electronic pop gem. It marks an engaging opening snapshot for what will be a milestone in his already glittering career.
‘When would I return if not in the night? What would our love look like, if not with you letting me go? Which song will you be humming when thunder and lightning are coming?’
Tuesday 16th January saw the Claptone worldwide ‘invasion’, where London became the centre-piece of a global publicity stunt, simultaneously linking up the UK capital with 4 international cities – Berlin, New York, Paris, and Sydney. Hordes of Claptone ‘clones’ all dressed in his signature outfit, and featuring the infamous mask, gloves and top hat, descended on the Tower Of London carrying giant floating Claptone masks. Meanwhile, Inside citizenM’s rooftop bar, cloudM, Claptone himself played a live DJ set premiering material from his new album, Fantast, which was streamed worldwide via DJmag.com’s Facebook page, the world’s biggest dance music social media platform.
We caught a glimpse of his ambition to produce a body of work in Claptone’s debut artist album ‘Charmer’ which has scored over 60million streams and counting, but it’s in ‘Fantast’ that Claptone really delves deeper into the art of songwriting.
2018 will see another intense year of touring as a DJ with Claptone taking his immersive ‘The Masquerade’ event experience further, having built momentum over the last 18 months hosting events and stages in Los Angeles, Berlin, Paris, Melbourne, Barcelona and New York and at festivals like Tomorrowland, Melt Festival, Elrow at Amnesia Ibiza, Green Valley in Brazil.
60m Spotify streams of Claptone’s debut album Charmer.
#1 House DJ in DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJ’s Poll.
260 shows in 2017 worldwide (1000+ shows in last 4 years).
BBC Radio 1 Essential New Tune Fri & JJJ first plays after release.
60 festival appearances last summer inc; Creamfields, SW4, Reading & Leeds, Tomorrowland, Rock am Ring, Awakenings, Melt, Nocturnal Wonderland.
CLAPTONE ‘FANTAST’ ALBUM TRACKLIST
1. Birdsong (feat. Zola Blood)
2. In The Night (feat. Ben Duffy)
3. Under The Moon (feat. Nathan Nicholson)
4. Stay The Night (feat. Tender)
5. Stronger (feat. Ben Duffy)
6. Bad Thing (feat. Jones)
7. Wildside (feat. Matt Simons)
8. Abyss Of Love (feat. Nathan Nicholson)
9. La Esperanza (feat. Katie Stelmanis)
10. A Waiting Game (feat. Nathan Nicholson)
11. Cruising (So They Say) (feat. Kele)
12. Animal (feat. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah)
13. Alone (feat. Blaenavon)
LIVE DATES (with many more to be announced):
Friday, 19 January Dubai, UAE, White Dubai
Friday, 19 January Cordoba, Argentina, Le Estaction
Saturday, 20 January Madrid, Spain, Fabrik
Saturday, 20 January Mar Del Plata, Argentina, Abracadabra
Sunday, 21 January Pueblo Limite, Argentina, Villa Giselle
Friday, 26 January Dublin, Ireland, District 8
Saturday, 27 January Merida, Mexico, Casa Faller
Friday, 2 February Boston, USA, Bijou
Friday, 2 February Pucon, Chile, Hotel Pucon
Sunday, 4 February St. Cloud, USA, Dirtybird Camp Out
Sunday, 4 February Costalere, Mexico, Boca de Iguanas
Wednesday, 7 February Ljubljana, Slovenia, Cverlicarna
Friday, 9 February Sao Paulo, Brazil, Anhembi Arena
Friday, 9 February Barranquillo, Colombia, Discolo
Saturday, 10 February Florianopolis, Brazil, P12 (Só Track Boa)
Saturday, 10 February Itajai, Brazil, Habbitat
Saturday, 10 February Medellin, Colombia, La Solar
Sunday, 11 February Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Cidade Das Artes
Friday, 16 February San Francisco, USA, Public Works
Friday, 16 February Antwerp, Belgium, Ampere
Saturday, 17 February Hamburg, Germany, Ubel & Gefarlich
Saturday, 17 February San Salvador, El Salvador, Scenarium
Sunday, 18 February Ischgl, Austria, Showarena
Saturday, 3 March La Marsa, Tunisia, Gammarth Golden Tulip
Monday, 5 March St.Martin-de-belleville, France, Malaysia
Friday, 9 March Dallas, USA, It’ll Do
Friday, 9 March Kyrenia, Cyprus, Tango to Buddha
Saturday, 10 March Houston, USA, Stereo Live Houston
Friday, 16 March Prague, Czech Republic, Roxy Club
Saturday, 17 March Vancouver, Canada, Celebrities
Saturday, 17 March Amsterdam, Netherlands, De Marktkantine
Wednesday, 21 March Red Sea, Egypt, El Gouna
Friday, 23 March Miami, USA, Trade
Friday, 23 March London, UK, Fabric (All night long)
Saturday, 24 March Budapest, Hungary, Akvarium Klub
Saturday, 24 March Los Angeles, USA, Exchange
Friday, 30 March Glasgow, UK, SWG3
Thursday, 5 April Bordeaux, France, IBOAT
Friday, 6 April Philadelphia, USA, Coda
Friday, 6 April Paris, France, Showcase
Saturday, 7 April Washington, USA, U Street Music Hall
Saturday, 14 April Bristol, UK, Motion
Thursday, 19 April Berlin, Germany, Watergate (All night long)
Friday, 20 April Bern, Switzerland, Club Bonsoir
Friday, 20 April Basel, Switzerland, Viertel
Saturday, 28 April Morelos, Mexico, Vaiven Festival
Saturday, 19 May Sao Paulo, Brazil, Kaballah Festival
Friday, 25 May Sao Paulo, Brazil, Hotel Unique