Thursday 30 June 2022

Plays as part of Thursday's programme

Life-affirming and cinematic take on house music

The Blaze are Jonathan and Guillaume Alric, two cousins who live in Paris. In their adolescent years Guillaume started making dub music while Jonathan went to film school in Brussels. Jonathan asked Guillaume to help him soundtrack a music video he was making for class, and thus began the duo we know as The Blaze.

Their collaborations draw on the warm and mournful feel of dub and house music. Both cousins add distorted vocals to the mix, and the result is a hypnotising, slowly unfurling sound, which allows for profound catharsis.

The videos for early singles like “Virile” and “Territory” have racked up millions of plays, and the duo has earned accolades from the likes of Moonlight director Barry Jenkins who called the “Territory” clip “THE best piece of art I’ve seen in 2017.” Click the links above, you won’t regret it.

The Blaze collected their first songs on the EP Territory, which offered six tracks of melodic, pulsating electronics, dotted by poignant vocals and poetic lyrics.

In 2018, the two cousins released their debut album Dancehall with “Heaven” as the single forerunner and video (again, do watch!) which celebrates life. The album is named after the 1940s movement (not the Jamaican music genre), which valued communal spaces for the public to leave baggage at the door and lose themselves to the music. Dancehall is an album that chases the big moments and which you can easily get lost in (in the most positive sense).

The Blaze played a triumphant show at Roskilde Festival in 2018. In 2022, they will be back. New songs are in the works. Look forward to a stunning live show that will aim for all of your senses. Solid visuals go hand in hand with the emotional house music. It will make you dance and shed a tear at the same time.