Jazz/funk Herbie Hancock-sounding harmonies meeting vintage synth basses. The beating, human, pumping heart of a discofunk sample being amplified by an electronic bypass.
Please forget Starlight. We had fun with it, you had fun with it, two million people had fun with it. It was so fun that it kinda hid the rest of his years-spanning musical career: a career which has cast the sound of the stuff Beatport calls "nu-disco" today.
Listening to The Supermen Lovers' records is discovering an ace melange of passionate, highly-trained musicianship and modern production; an unique, organic sound made of synths, sequences and real, played instruments, every single one of them recognizable since the first bars.
Guillaume Atlan - The Supermen Lovers – gets his Jedi training at a conservatory in Paris. Right after his graduation he creates his label Lafessé Records (1999), he releases his first EPs by himself under the moniker of Stan de Mareuil, then leaves to England to sign his School project on Cyclo records. It's right after his first EP Underground Disco that The Supermen Lovers rollercoaster ride starts getting tight.
In 2002, more than a year after Starlight's success, his first album The Player and its single Diamonds for Her get the remix treatment by the gotha of international Djs: Derrick Carter, DJ Sneak, Ernest St Laurent, 20/20 Vision and in 2003 his underground hit Rebirth (released on Fantasia Disco EP) conquers dance charts and clubs around the world.
Following Diamonds for Her, he releases 2 more EPs, Noctus Delectatum Disco EP and Material Disco EP, which mark the end of the post-The Player trilogy.
In 2005, his second album comes to life: it's called Boys in the Wood and it's a synthesis of all this era. It sounds way different from Starlight. Boys in the Wood is dark, powerful, sometimes mean. Groovy '70 basslines chat with spacey synths, rhytmic patterns, an entire universe of groove. A perfect 2AM classic. A perfect dancefloor record. And that's what TSL does during all these years: he goes playing, touring, everywhere. That's his true reign, the scene. His aim, bringing the luxury of a killer bassline to every country he goes to.
In 2008, during one of his shows, Guillaume meets mythological disco-funk singer Rick Bailey from Delegation. Bailey, a veteran, discovers The Supermen Lovers on stage and the nexy thing you know is that they make a collaboration by re-working Delegation's classic You & I together. A rework which is later going to be represented by a Toni Basil's Swarm lake ballet - inspired video.
In 2010 Guillaume's back with Take a Chance. Featuring on vocal duties, Rick Bailey. #1 on Traxsource and Junodownload and Single of the Month on IDJ, and the feedbacks speak by themselves. (Aeroplane will describe it as “a real 80s funk track”). Guillaume starts a new European live tour with his brand-new show.
2011, it's time to discover Foundation Disco EP. This time at Guillaume's side, on backing duties, Norma Jean Wright from Chic. In Flagranti, Cityzen (The Aikiu) and Chloé take care of the remixes.
This will be the intro to his third album, Between the Ages, a family affair made of analog machines, vocoders, 6-strings guitars, Rhodes pianos. A personal diary where '70s lead synth sounds are laid upon a huge beat and a jazzy, groovy swinging guitar.
2012. Between the Ages' launch single is C'est bon, a hedonistic-not-giving-a-fuck anthem born from The Supermen Lovers' team-up with neapolitan duo Herr Styler and UK industrial rock band Cristine. On the remix side, Punks Jump Up and Golden Bug.
Then Fantasma Disco EP sees the light. An exciting invitation to dance, with selected remixes by Jupiter, A.N.D.Y., Veitengruber and Le Loup. The Say no More video, featuring hundreds of designers hailing from all around the world, gets a special feature on Wired and Gizmodo.
It's November 2012 and We Got That Booty sees the light in a totally reworked and rearranged version. Remixes are by Justin Faust, Reset!, Aka Aka & Thalstroem and Spiller. It serves as the perfect intro for the Deluxxx edition of Between the Ages, released with 2 unreleased tracks (Moments and Meteor), classic club anthem White Hands recorded live in Berlin and 11 remixes.
Summer 2013: wonderfully feel-good AOR pop gem Moments gets a video and a release with remixes by Louis La Roche, Scuola Furano, Jay Lamar & Jesse Oliver and TMCN.
Now, jumping between remixing work and the his fourth album, you'd have to look for him in his reign: the scene.
His aim, bringing the luxury of a killer bassline to every country he goes to.
Tracks and playlists liked by The Supermen Lovers