Dan Ghenacia, the force behind Parisian house institution Freak n’Chic, returns alongside his closest allies Dyed Soundorom and Shonky to launch new imprint – Apollonia. Inaugural EP from Shonky ‘The Minneapolis Touch’ features three original cuts of solid house grooves, hypnotic melodies and hushed vocals that make up his signature sultry sound.
Sharing the same musical roots, tastes and creative vision, Apollonia was a natural, if not inevitable progression for Dan, Dyed and Shonky. The label will serve as a platform for the trio’s productions, representing new beginnings based on a solid family that have already done much to shape the underground house scene, in Paris and beyond. “We’ll mainly focus on releasing our own music, but of course we are also really open-minded to sign any producers we all enjoy,” says Dyed.
Besides launching Apollonia, Frenchman Shonky has been a forerunner in the world of electronic music as producer and DJ for some time. Following a string of high profile releases on labels Freak n Chic’, Culprit, Contexterrior, Spectral Sound and Real Tone Records, here Shonky maintains his sky high standard, showcasing his ever-impeccable production skills and artist defining style.
A- Side ‘Columbia’ is a rolling deep house cut of the finest caliber. Full of delicious grooves, metallic sprinkles and a captivatingly seductive vocal, you’re left with that special euphoric feeling only Shonky can bestow.
Heading up the B- Side is title track ‘The Minneapolis Touch’ an advanced delivery of hypnotic deep house, with dreamy vocals and shimmering synths patterns that permeate the outer layers while funky, deep, melodic grooves keep this directed to the dance floor.
‘Kotero Mi Amor’ rounds off this wholly satisfying package, with a solid raw kick, pacey percussions and dreamy, melodic keys that float across the top tier. The soulful vocal swims through the many layers of the track culminating into a magnetic vocal hook that will capture your heart.
Embodying the forward thinking sound coming from the French corner; ‘The Minneapolis Touch EP’ is the perfect package to pave the way for the blossoming Apollonia. If the former era was a learning curve for all three founders, the future of the label is in safe hands.