ROMUALD & MADJI'K – FASTLANE EP (CONT022)
Written and directed by Guillaume Gravier
The ape: François Lagrange
The director: Romuald Lauverjon
Camera operator: François Glevarec
Director of photography, gaffer: Joffrey Chatellier
Editors: Guillaume Gravier, Cynthia Vandecandelaere-Delbart
Sound recordist: Romuald Lauverjon
Digital compositor: Guillaume Gravier
Art directors: Guillaume Gravier, Romuald Lauverjon
Stylists: Vincent Frederic, Romuald Lauverjon
Clothes courtesy of Kokon To Zai and Études Studio
Glasses courtesy of Opticiens Marc Le Bihan
Ape mask: Guillaume Gravier
Hairdresser: Juan Romero
Produced by Cynthia Vandecandelaere-Delbart, Romuald Lauverjon and Guillaume Gravier
Shout outs and love to:
Franck Gombert at Rog Films
François de Chateauthierry
Claude Badée for the lights
Philippe et François Lagrange for the Porsche 911 sc
François 'the ape' Lagrange for his race driving and actor's skills.
Alain et Marie-Rose Salgues for the Super 8 projector
The Petit family for all the vintage video gear
Alexis and François-Xavier 'Fixi' Bossard for their raw but sweet house 'Les Ventes'.
André Des Forges for his 806 car
Alexandre Devolder for his records and turntable
Ludovic Carminati for The Spimes logo and the Stanza sleeve artwork
Elisabeth Leerssen at Études Studio
Vincent Frederic & Joey Yuya at Kokon To Zai
Yoan Benzaquen at Opticiens Marc Le Bihan
Fastlane (feat Stanza)
Produced and composed by Madji'k and Romuald
Acoustic Piano:Bastian Belde
Electric Bass:Gilles Tanzibass
All other instruments performed by Madji'k and Romuald
Rap part: Stanza
All other vocals performed and arranged by Romuald
Recorded and mixed by Romuald
Produced by The Spimes (Romuald & Madji'k) under exclusive licence to Continental Records
DJ support: Two Door Cinema Club, Justice, Alan Braxe, Pedro Winter, Luke Million (The Swiss), Monarchy, Cassian, Anoraak, Kris Menace, Acid Washed, The Penelopes, Pat Lok, Venice Beach, Colour Vision, Digital Riot…
Continental’s last release, JBAG ‘Everybody (Come On)’ [feat Shindu], is still burning dancefloors that here comes its summery follow-up: the discotastic ‘Fastlane’ by French dons Romuald & Madji’k AKA The Spimes (R.I.P.).
A true soul man and a gentleman, not far off being a living legend, Romuald has been an active singer/songwriter/producer on the Parisian scene for well over a decade, not mentioning several NYC escapades that led him to develop songs for 50 Cent, Kelly Rowland, Keri Hilson… and heavyweight hitmakers The Clutch. Romuald co-wrote and featured on many projects, from The Paradise’s French Touch classic ‘In Love With You’ with Alan Braxe, to Ernest St Laurent, Mr Gonzo… He even shyly kicked off a solo career in the very early days of Kitsuné.
Madji’k, the musician/composer from down south (Toulouse), is another familiar virtuoso born in Funky Town. After catching the rave bug in the 90s, he started to write tracks and hasn’t stopped producing since, having released singles on Diamond Traxx, 20,000 ST, Fantômas, Nervous, Henry Street, Fogbank, Deeptown, Tallhouse…
The two comperes, under their The Spimes moniker, were first spotted in 2013 when they joined forces with Alan Braxe and released the ‘Time Machine’ EP together (which held on the flip rare emotional gem ‘One More Chance’).
Here they’re at it again with ‘Fastlane’, a brand new addictive disco cut lifted straight outta NY’s Studio 54 and of course led by Romuald’s golden voice and luxurious vocal arrangements (he performs all vocal parts).
In the original version, the pair gets a trusted seal of approval from featured Atlanta rapper Stanza and all falls into place for these two Frenchies forever enamored with America’s urban sounds.