by Bill Pearis
Paris-via-London artist Dan Black caused a stir (on the internet at least) in 2008 with "HYPNTZ," his inventive cover of The Notorious BIG's "Hypnotize" (mixed with Rihanna's "Umbrella") -- which later got him in trouble with Biggie's estate over use of the lyrics. So Dan wrote his own rhymes, and the song reappeared a year late as "Symphonies," which has one of the more expensive-looking (and admittedly cool) videos of the last year (and a remix by Kid Cudi). You can watch it below. Some are calling him the male La Roux and that's not too-far off the mark, with production that is super-slick, but pretty clever at times too. Maybe you saw him at CMJ last year?
Black's debut album, ((un)), came out last summer in the UK and gets a belated Stateside release on February 16 and will be playing a few select North American shows in support, including a late show at Mercury Lounge on February 18 with Free Blood. Tickets are on sale.
A few videos below, including the original "HYPNTZ" and CMJ 2009 footage, and all Dan Black North American tour dates, below...
Dan Black - "Symphonies"
Dan Black - "HYPNTZ"
Dan Black Live at Santos, CMJ 2009
Dan Black - 2010 Tour Dates
Feb 18 Mercury Lounge New York, New York
Feb 19 FouFounes Montreal, Quebec
Feb 20 WrongBar Toronto, Ontario
Feb 22 91X Show San Diego
Feb 23 Cinespace Los Angeles, California
Feb 24 Spaceland - KROQ $1.06 SHOW Los Angeles, California
Feb 25 Popscene/330 Ritch San Francisco, California
March 15-20 - Austin, TX - SXSW (Fontana Showcase 3/18) (more TBA)
Mar 26 Ultra Festival Miami, Florida