Daphne Guinness today releases a remix bundle from internationally acclaimed DJ & producer Hector Fonseca, to accompany current single ‘Looking Glass’, lifted from her forthcoming third album, ‘Revelations’ due out on August 14, 2020 via Agent Anonyme/Absolute. Daphne recorded the new album at Les Studios Saint Germain, Paris – working once again with David Bowie producer Tony Visconti, also at the helm for Guinness’ previous two critically-acclaimed albums, ‘Optimist in Black’ and ‘Daphne & The Golden Chord’. The video for ‘Looking Glass (Hector Fonseca & Thiago Dukky Big Room Mix)’ is now streaming here, with the full remix bundle available to stream from here.
Acclaimed not only for his output as an international House DJ but as an incredibly sought after remixer, Hector Fonseca has previously scored several #1 spots on the Billboard Dance Charts via remixes for the likes of Kanye West and Beyoncé amongst many others. Mentored in the early stages of his career by Grammy Award-winning producer/DJ Peter Rauhofer, Fonseca has previously held residencies at iconic New York clubs including Heaven, Splash and Roxy. Credited with pioneering the popular ‘electribal’ sound, Hector has previously headlined major party circuit events including The White Party (Palm Springs & Miami), The Black Party (New York), The Black & Blue Festival (Miami) and The Winter Party (Miami). Fonseca also collaborated as a co-writer on Blondie’s 2014 track ‘Mile High’.
Retaining the analogue recording techniques used on previous album ‘Daphne & The Golden Chord’, ‘Revelations’ – captured over the space of a single week – finds Guinness on playfully incisive form as she squares the circle between her asymmetric musical tastes and the pressured uncertainties of the modern world. The lyrics to ‘Looking Glass’ probe the distorted filter of lives led out predominantly online – as Daphne puts it; “A futuristic Alice In Wonderland scenario. Caught in a world which is like a twisted hall of mirrors – smart phones, tablets, laptops.”
Guinness’ creative partnership with Visconti was forged via an introduction from Bowie, a fan of Daphne’s music. Their first outing – Daphne’s critically praised 2016 debut ‘Optimist in Black’ – was a Sixties-influenced affair heavily influenced by the loss of two of her closest friends (both of whom referenced Guinness as a muse), Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow, both to suicide. Visconti produced ‘Optimist….’ concurrently alongside ‘Blackstar’, with Bowie often dropping in on Tony’s sessions with Daphne. 2018 follow up ‘Daphne & The Golden Chord’ saw Guinness and Visconti tip their cap to 70s Glam, assembling a band featuring members of Roxy Music and Generation X.
Once more partnering with her musical director, Malcolm Doherty (the pair having met whilst touring with Visconti’s Bowie tribute outfit, Holy Holy), for ‘Revelations’ Daphne has brought together a band featuring Doherty and his Go-Kart Mozart bandmate Terry Miles amongst its ranks, alongside Roger Manning Jr (Air, Beck) and Rod Melvin (Brian Eno). The album explores a French-flavoured disco sound, the band slipping into their white Repetto shoes to capture the nonchalant grooves of mid 70’s Gainsbourg, sprinkled with the dance floor decadence of Studio 54. Recent single release ‘Deviant Disco’ featured in a new art-film project – nominated for this year’s Berlin Music Video Awards – created by Daphne with another long-term collaborator, David LaChapelle.