FutureWorld, the debut album from acclaimed Washington, DC DJ/producer, Thomas Blondet, is out now on Rhythm & Culture Music.
FutureWorld is a genre bending, multicultural and forward thinking aural journey that defines the Rhythm & Culture sound. Furthermore, Blondet’s project highlights his production sensibilities and widespread vision garnered by the multitude of influences living in the nation’s capital. His impeccable ability to mesh melody with infectious rhythms makes this a dance release as well as an insurmountable task in itself.
Starting his career as a DJ in the 1990s dance music scene in Washington, DC, Blondet has infused just about every type of beat-oriented genre such as deep house, speed garage, drum ‘n’ bass, hip-hop, reggae and dub with Arab, Latin, Indian, Balkan, Kurdish and Caribbean influences. This musical aptitude has served him well both in the studio and the DJ booth as today he maintains a Sunday night residency at DC’s headquarters of everything organic, Eighteenth Street Lounge.
As a resident Eighteenth Street Lounge DJ, Blondet absorbs both modern and traditional sounds that filter through the venue; a staple of the capital’s nightlife. His command of the dance floor makes FutureWorld a finely distilled sonic concoction of moods and rhythms which translate easily to the masses.
FutureWorld blends together Jamaican toasters with Indian musical traditions, fusing harmoniously within a landscape of swirling synthesiser lines over a terrain of modern dance rhythms (Chan Ve). Gentle Spanish vocals float alongside cinematic Middle-Eastern melodies (Un Amor) evoking images of streaming water flowing from a fountain in an ornate Andalusian palace.
Blondet, playing the roles of artist, producer and curator achieves this hybrid by carefully selecting a host of vocal collaborators including reggae legend Monsoon, Carol C (of SiSe), Tina M and French vocalist, Leyla Chatti. Blondet’s creative collaborators also include Kiran Gandhi (of M.I.A.) who played percussion on Curry Flava and Croatian musician, Fillip Novosel, with whom he teams up on Savo Vodo, resulting in powerful Baltic vocals and virtuosic musicianship. Combined with Blondet’s DJ-friendly beats, the result is a statement of how small the world has truly become.
Comprised of 13 compositions, FutureWorld carries the dialogue of a modern global community as it creates the future of a world together.