We still believe dance music needs riot grrrls.
We still believe music needs discomfort with its euphoria.
We still believe in different shades of love.
We still believe in the sweatbox.
We still believe in speakerfreaking.
We still believe in protecting trans kids. We still believe in the warehouse.
We still believe in Chicago house.
We still believe in Detroit techno.
We still believe in dance against fascism.
Today sees the release of The Blessed Madonna’s new single ‘We Still Believe’, a collaboration with house legend Jamie Principle. Strutting and uplifting, the pair pay tribute to the embryonic years of house music with pinpoint accuracy, a love letter to the sweatbox warehouses of Chicago where communal euphoria reigns. Speaking about the inception of the track, Stamper writes:
“I wrote and recorded a version of this song that shares a name with the party alone in my attic over a decade ago, writing the lyrics on the back of a record sleeve and recording them into my blackberry under a blanket. I distorted my own vocals on the original, but imagined that the song would someday be performed by Jamie Principle, arguably the first real writer in house music and my hero. Eventually years later, Jamie and I met and became beloved friends. Jamie kindly agreed to re-record the song I wrote for him before I knew him and here we are, writing the next chapter together and doing it the way I imagined it all those years ago. Soulwax chimed in on the final version and the result is absolutely fresh”
Meanwhile, The Blessed Madonna returns to Chicago this Sunday 19th February to perform as part of her residency at the city’s legendary Smartbar. For full details of the night head here.
An overnight sensation two decades in the making, The Blessed Madonna is an artist whose career is woven into the fabric of dance music past, present and future. Whether promoting illegal raves to 50 people in sweaty Kentucky basements as a teenager, headlining the biggest stages and festivals around the world, working alongside house legends like Frankie Knuckles or fearlessly taking on one of the most improbable, ambitious remix projects in recent times with Club Future Nostalgia (her collaborative album with pop icon Dua Lipa), The Blessed Madonna is synonymous with inclusive, unifying, cathartic dance music.
In recent years, The Blessed Madonna has channelled the emotions of millions as the vocalist on Fred again..’s lockdown anthem, “Marea (We Lost Dancing)”, become the voice of Saturday night radio, been immortalised as a GTA5 character and provided remixes for the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Florence & The Machine and, improbably, Elton John. With “Serotonin Moonbeams” she is set to usher in a whole new era. A stop-you-in-your-tracks moment in its own right, it’s also the starting pistol for a run of new releases over the coming months; the first results from a year’s worth of blood, sweat, tears and joy in the studio for 50 hours a week with some of her best friends. There are even rumours of a debut album. Watch this space.
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