Home
HYPE, LIES & GOSSIP
Saturday 03rd Dec, 2016
The Juan MacLean
From: USA
The Juan MacLean

Ask any diabolical mastermind—Dr. Evil, Sideshow Bob, the Monarch—and they’ll tell you, bringing the world to its knees is a lot like hosting a successful dinner party: It requires careful preparation and forethought. A plan. It may take years before all the pieces fall into place -- but once they do? Global domination should be easy as pie.

Since the turn of the 21st century, DFA club music maestro Juan MacLean has been laying groundwork. First, there were killer singles, from “By The Time I Get to Venus” in 2002, to last year’s international mega hit & critical year-end favorite “Happy House” as well as the “The Simple Life”. There was a debut full-length (Less Than Human, 2005); remixes for colleagues like Air, Chicken Lips, Daft Punk, David Gahan, Matthew Dear; international tours with Cut Copy and Shocking Pinks; and DJ gigs from Telluride to Tel Aviv.

Now comes the next stage of the operation, The Future Will Come. While the second full-length from The Juan MacLean may sound effortless in its execution, don’t be deceived. This record was made in accordance with a very careful plan. “Before going into production of the album, before I wrote anything, I had aesthetic and conceptual guidelines in mind,” admits MacLean. “I stuck to those, and they panned out.”

Phase One: “I was very much influenced by going on tour with my live band for a couple years.” Rather than retreat to a recording studio in Woodstock, NY, and toil in solitude, he brought along Nick Millhiser and Alex Frankel (also known to DFA fans as Holy Ghost!) and drummer extraordinaire Jerry Fuchs to lay down parts. “I had already done enough on my own,” concedes the seasoned studio whiz. “With very rare exceptions, music is always made better by having the influence of other people.”

Which brings us to Phase Two: “The next guideline was revisiting The Human League,” reveals MacLean. And not the early, stodgy, “Being Boiled” incarnation either. The bones of that model were long ago picked clean. No, the sounds and songs of The Future Will Come emulate the best of The Human League v2, the lineup responsible for the 1981 international bestseller Dare.

MacLean makes no apologies for this creative choice. “In my career as The Juan MacLean, my guiding principle was to start out more dance-y and instrumental, and someday bow out making flat-out, three-and-a-half minute pop songs.” Right now, he estimates this creative arc is at its midpoint. The perfect time to craft a set of tracks to rival “Don’t You Want Me,” then. Watch the effect the opening bars of “Happy House” have on a packed night club; the exuberance it triggers in listeners easily matches the giddy heights of that time-tested synth-pop classic.

“I wanted to do an album with male-female interplay in the vocals,” MacLean continues. Rather than go down to the local disco and recruit a couple hipster girls who looked good dancing, he tapped creative foil and DFA mainstay Nancy Whang (also an agent of LCD Soundsystem) instead. She was a willing co-conspirator. “The very first song we worked on, he already had his vocal part, and wanted mine to serve as a counterpoint,” she remembers. “From there, I could hear the male-female call-and-answer.”

Phase Three was, for better or worse, simply a natural progression. “One consequence of touring and DJing so much, and always being away—and this was true for Nancy as well—is the trail of destruction in personal and romantic relationships,” says MacLean. “Contrary to the general lyrical tone in our world of music, I wanted to be as direct, honest and sincere as possible.” Humor remains integral to the band’s aesthetic, but it is not nearly so arch or pointy. No air quotes hover around the sentiments expressed herein.

With these points set, Juan and Nancy wrote and recorded the album quickly. Rather than elongate ideas into epic 12-inch singles, they strived to keep sounds and structures crisp and succinct. Focus was maintained via ruthless edits and repeated spins of “SexyBack.” The results range from the bittersweet parry-and-thrust of “One Day” to the android R&B of “The Station.” At the furthest extreme, the spare, desolate “Human Disaster” serves as a chilling contrast to the climatic reprise of “Happy House.”

Whang acknowledges that the polish and precision of The Future Will Come may catch some devotees off guard. “I know diehard Juan MacLean fans are going to be surprised, because the material is so vocal, and much more pop.” But she does not fear resistance from the masses. Nor should she. Fully-realized and flawlessly executed from start to finish, The Future Will Come stands poised to disarm millions of listeners.

World domination? It’s as easy as 1-2-3. Just ask The Juan MacLean.

www.thejuanmaclean.com
www.myspace.com/thejuanmaclean

DJ Selecta
Artist Name
By Country

Advertisement

Advertisement
Podcast
Night Vision
Basti Grub
Djazz
Volac
Leman and Dieckmann
Marco Bailey
Wouter de Moor
Audioglider
Latest Release
  • Shlomi Aber
    XY Play EP by Shlomi Aber
    XY Play EP
    Nonplus Records

  • Jay Haze
    Recurring Melancholy EP by Jay Haze
    Recurring Melancholy EP
    Contexterrior

  • Kreon
    Valtera EP by Kreon
    Valtera EP
    Serialism Records

  • Flashmob
    Switch EP by Flashmob
    Switch EP
    Gruuv

  • Levon Vincent
    NYC Berlin Dialogues 2016 EP by Levon Vincent
    NYC Berlin Dialogues 2016 EP
    Novel Sound

  • Catz'N Dogz
    It's Happening / Our Crazy EP by Catz'N Dogz
    It's Happening / Our Crazy EP
    Pets Recordings

  • Francesca Lombardo
    Upper Hour EP by Francesca Lombardo
    Upper Hour EP
    Leftroom Records

  • Mike Dehnert
    How Close To Be EP by Mike Dehnert
    How Close To Be EP
    Pampa Records

  • Jewel Kid
    About Life EP by Jewel Kid
    About Life EP
    Break New Soil

  • La Fleur
    Flowerhead Reprise EP  by La Fleur
    Flowerhead Reprise EP
    Power Plant

  • NU
    Endup EP by NU
    Endup EP
    Ouie

  • Richie Steedman
    Stitcher EP by Richie Steedman
    Stitcher EP
    Hottrax

  • Javi Bora
    Buzzing EP by Javi Bora
    Buzzing EP
    Do Not Sleep

  • DXC
    Rang Dong EP by DXC
    Rang Dong EP
    Hotflush Recordings

  • UMEK
    Mechanical Blade EP by UMEK
    Mechanical Blade EP
    1605

  • Jay Lumen
    Eclipse EP by Jay Lumen
    Eclipse EP
    Octopus Recordings

  • Ray Kajioka
    Consistency by Ray Kajioka
    Consistency
    Kanzleramt Music

  • Deadbeat
    Walls And Dimensions Instrumentals  by Deadbeat
    Walls And Dimensions Instrumentals
    BLKRTZ

  • Andrea Oliva
    Vermona EP by Andrea Oliva
    Vermona EP
    Cuttin' Headz

  • Dinky
    Slowly EP by Dinky
    Slowly EP
    Crosstown Rebels

  • Franklin De Costa
    Good Day Bad Day EP  by Franklin De Costa
    Good Day Bad Day EP
    Green Village

  • Andre Salata
    Massimo EP by Andre Salata
    Massimo EP
    Transmit Recordings

  • Jesse Rose
    Play It Down EP by Jesse Rose
    Play It Down EP
    Play It Down

  • Timmy P
    Stutter EP by Timmy P
    Stutter EP
    Nofitstate

  • Various Artists
    Paradise On Earth #01 Mexico EP by Various Artists
    Paradise On Earth #01 Mexico EP
    Hot Creations

  • Various Artists
    10 Years of VIVa MUSiC: Decadedance Part Three EP by Various Artists
    10 Years of VIVa MUSiC: Decadedance Part Three EP
    VIVa MUSiC

  • Mat Joe & David Keno
    Brothers In Crime EP by Mat Joe & David Keno
    Brothers In Crime EP
    Mother Recordings

  • Chopstick & Johnjon
    Versions 2 EP by Chopstick & Johnjon
    Versions 2 EP
    Suol

  • Tone Depth & Matt Shapiro
    Halls Of White EP by Tone Depth & Matt Shapiro
    Halls Of White EP
    Noir Music

  • 25 Places
    Party In The Hills EP by 25 Places
    Party In The Hills EP
    Dirt Crew Recordings

  • Javier Orduna
    Erretica EP by Javier Orduna
    Erretica EP
    Chapter 24 Records

  • Elemnt
    Water EP by Elemnt
    Water EP
    Hidden Hawaii

  • KNTRL
    Stay Closer EP by KNTRL
    Stay Closer EP
    Off Recordings

  • Antigone
    Time Enough At Last EP by Antigone
    Time Enough At Last EP
    Token

  • Various Artists
    The Remixes by Various Artists
    The Remixes
    Liebe*Detail

  • Various Artists
    Kindisch Presents: Kindisch Steps VI by Various Artists
    Kindisch Presents: Kindisch Steps VI
    Kindisch

  • Various Artists
    Bedrock 18 (unmixed 3xCD) by Various Artists
    Bedrock 18 (unmixed 3xCD)
    Bedrock Records

  • Various Artists
    All Starts 2016 by Various Artists
    All Starts 2016
    Tronic

Your Hype, Lies & Gossip
Giveaway
Marco Bailey presents MATERIA XL2 Summer...
Ibiza Voice 2003/2016 - All rights reserved - & - Best View on Chrome, Firefox & Safari