Mr. Sam - Pop Model
French electronic music artist extraordinaire Mr. Sam (Samuel Paquet) refuses to let himself be directed into one particular musical direction, as already proved by his extensive discography. His worldly known Opus compilations series - Opus Tertio was his most recent offering - can be described as his DJ trademark as what one may expect when Mr. Sam is on the decks, but what’s the story with Mr. Sam “Le Créateur”? The answer is hidden in the release of his fantastic new artist album Pop Model.
Mr. Sam approached the process of creating the individual album tracks with the utmost care, constantly experimenting, reinventing, shaping and molding his sound to perfection. Sam likes to compare this process with the working habits of a fashion couturier, always in search of new inspirations, fabrics and materials, operating as a producer who sets the trends without following the current musical paths. During the creation of Pop Model, Sam took somewhat of a risk by producing it in such a diverse manner but taking risks is Sam’s game which he mastered to perfection.
So why the name “Pop Model” for an artist album? According to Mr. Sam, the title is a word play on “Top Model” (Sam likes his women fancy) but at the same time, on “Model of Pop”, a more suitable description for the French mastermind characterizing his affection for pop music. Since day and age, Mr. Sam likes to flirt with poppy sounds in his productions which reflects his childhood influences, listening to and absorbing synth pop music by his role models Depeche Mode while growing up in the eighties.
As Mr. Sam explains: “Music doesn’t change, it evolves. The pop music of today no longer fulfills the same criteria as to which we listened 10 or 15 years ago. The pop music of today is mostly dance orientated, the biggest stars devote themselves to it. That’s why I speak of a “new model of pop music”. It’s on this idea that I have based all the work in my new album”.
No less than 21 tracks are to be found on Pop Model with a versatility rarely to be found on artist albums nowadays, incorporating classical pieces, ethnic influences, rocking electro, old school based productions, techno, vocal trance, chill out tracks and yes… pop music. Each individual song shows Sam’s passion for a wide range in music and may very well be labeled as true masterpieces.
Sam was fortunate to work with some of the finest artists: Scottish craftsman Andy Duguid co-produced with Sam on numerous occasions and added his grungy electro flavors, vocalists Amanda Wilson, Tiff Lacey, Kirsty Hawkshaw and Esmaye provided the album with their vocal abilities, American visionary producer BT joined Sam in producing The Great Opus, and even eighties icon Pat Benatar has her part in Pop Model by allowing Sam to use an excerpt of her chart single Invincible, to be released as Mr. Sam brand new single accompanied with a stunning video.
Next to Sam´s freshly produced songs, one of his biggest hits to date Cygnes - a collaboration with clAud9 and already considered a trance classic - features on Pop Model and Sam’s respect for old school house emerges in tracks like Ing Ong (using Quadrophonia - Quadrophonia), Dominator (based on the Human Resource classic) and Anasthasia (containing elements of T99’s immortal early nineties single). Sam’s remix treatment for Deadmau5’s gem Clockwork puts the icing on the cake and closes off the album as a bonus track. All and all an impressive hall of fame of artists, complementing the Pop Model album as a whole.
1. Ave Eva
2. Invincible (with Andy Duguid vs. Pat Benatar) (Mr. Sam Remix)
3. Just The Beginning (feat. Disco International)
4. Ing Ong
5. Gotta Have It (feat, Esmaye)
6. Gone (with Andy Duguid feast. Jennie Löfgren)
7. Satisfaction Guaranteed (with Andy Duguid feat. Amanda Wilson)
8. The Great Opus (with BT)
9. Seven 7 Seven
10. Carved (with T4L feat. Tiff Lacey)
11. Cygnes (feat. clAud9)
12. Hold My Breath (with Andy Duguid feat. Solarstone)
13. Rydem Koba (with T4L)
16. Menkayo (with T4L)
17. Dominator (vs. Human Resource)
18. Anasthasia (vs. T99)
20. One Day (feat. Kirsty Hawkshaw)
21. Deadmau5 - Clockwork (Mr. Sam Remix)
Mr. Sam - Pop Model is officially available as of the 20th of April 2010 in stores and online worldwide through Black Hole Recordings.
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