The Wayward Mysticism of Dan Noël’s Monsieur Reve Album


Between Swiss born-and-bred producer Dan Noël and El Paso’s Draft Label comes the newly released Monsieur Reve album. While the name elicits images of a little blue French cloud from many childhoods, Monsieur Reve is a sensual sequence of deep tribal tech equivalent to immersing oneself into an antiquated book of grand and mystical tales of yonder. The nine lofty tracks on the album situate the listener into a perpetual state of hypnagogia, traversing between states of dreaming and mindfulness and grappling between the desire to chill or to dance for an eternity.

The title track, Monsieur Reve, is mood-setting and transcendental, a personal favorite that I would recommend checking out. The musical aesthetic of Dan Noël is in good company with the likes of M.A.N.D.Y., Pan-Pot, and other tastemakers of the techno and house cross-pollination.

Monsieur Reve (Draft075) is available for purchase through Beatport and iTunes (available in the US starting September 28). You can also stream a preview of each track below.

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Dan Noel - Monsieur Reve

Throwback Thursday: Spiritual Experience – In The Presence of Angels (Tribal Love Mix)

The time is 1994. The place is New York. The sound is tribal. In the late 80’s and early 90’s DJ’s and producers were experimenting with many new forms of house music. Taking influences from soul, jazz, and disco this new form of dance music was emerging, but like every sound it would soon go through a transformation itself. What was soon to rock the clubs would be this tribal house sound; utilizing rhythmic drums this sound took parties to the next level. Today we throw it back to a classic tribal house classic from Spiritual Experience. In the Presence of Angels (Tribal Love Mix) is an iconic track that was at the forefront of the tribal house movement.

It’s certainly a journey of a track coming in at just above 10 minutes long. As tribal would suggest, the track is fueled by a variety of drum hits and is then accompanied by a chant that echoes through every corner of the dance floor. It isn’t until the tracks halfway point that 90’s house stabs come in and inject some flavor into the track.

Even 20 years later this track would still work a dance floor over. Tracks like In the Presence of Angels are a major influence on the sounds we enjoy today, and were revolutionary to club life back in the day.