Although “Need U (100%)” did not take home a Grammy, Duke Dumont‘s huge 2013 single did show the world something: dance music has legs, and can be seen as much more than some shake-your-ass material. With “I Got U” on the way, Duke Dumont did the next best thing for his career: he signed a deal with Astralwerks. Not only will the single release of “I Got U” be an Astralwerks / Blasé Boys Club affair, but Duke’s actually signed a multi-album deal with the legendary electronic imprint. In an interview with Billboard, Duke says that “(a)s an artist, it’s nice to get affirmation from a major label. I can’t imagine any artist in the world who wouldn’t want their music to be heard by as wide an audience as possible.”
Astralwerks has done a great job of handling international stars in the U.S. realm, pushing music by everyone from Photek to Swedish House Mafia on American shores, so giving Duke the backing he needs to shine is a no-brainer. Astralwerks Senior A&R Manager Jeremy Vuernick recognizes that Duke’s material “crosses boundaries from deep house to garage to pop to techno. We have a long tradition of artists that push boundaries musically. It’s music that feels great and is going to work in a variety of places, from small underground clubs to festival stages.”
The first album in the deal is apparently 50% done, will feature an updated version of “Need U (100%),” and will feature a number of vocalists. With the likes of Disclosure and other UK acts utilizing deeper house and UK garage sounds to bridge the gap across the Atlantic, this union should surely be the icing on the cake for American dance music fans who want a bit of soul and feeling in their tracks. And after signing both deadmau5 and Porter Robinson, Astralwerks is continuing their 20+ year legacy.