HAMMTRAMCK ‘16 OUT AUGUST 4 VIA ARBUTUS RECORDS
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES START AUG 11
“...Benjamin’s take on disco is a lovingly crafted homage to the genre.” - PITCHFORK
“...a perfect distillation of the pop and underground dance vibes…” - SELF-TITLED MAG
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Today, Moon King (Daniel Benjamin) returns with second dance single "Ordinary Lover", following the animated visual for lead-single "In & Out". Both taken from his forthcoming tape Hamtramck '16, out August 4 on Arbutus Records. On "Ordinary Lover" Benjamin says, "it's me forgetting about any other music I've made .....hearing house music like it was the first time and making up a hook on the spot."
Moon King is the alias of producer, singer and songwriter Daniel Benjamin. Born in Toronto, the musician spent 2016 in Detroit, where the musically fertile and offbeat neighborhood of Hamtramck became both his home and the inspiration for a new set of recordings. Hamtramck '16 documents his arrival into a new and unfamiliar environment combined with a growing obsession for underground dance music, a sound and spirit that has always felt right at home in Detroit.
Collaborating with local artists and musicians, and having the freedom to stretch out after several years of constant touring, Daniel put together a completely new band with a sound drawing from dance music's early days, from synthpop, disco and house music up through the more pop-oriented songcraft of the Bee Gees or Prince. Daniel's attention to detail in production, and willingness to break the mold of what he sees as his own potential, have made him an interesting figure to watch. With Hamtramck '16 he has created a lo-fi pop gem that will leave listeners eager to hear what comes next.
08/11 - Baby G - TORONTO, ON
08/12 - PN, MONTRÉAL, QC
08/18 - El Club, DETROIT, MI
09/02 - Schubas, CHICAGO, IL
09/03 - The Bishop, BLOOMINGTON, ID
09/04 - MOTR, CINCINNATI, OH
09/05 - Double Happiness, COLUMBUS, OH
09/06 - Sound Hole, PHILADELPHIA, PA
09/07 - Charlies American Cafe, NORFOLK, VA
09/08 - Silent Barn, BROOKLYN, NY
09/11 - One Caroline, SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY
09/12 - Bard College, ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, NY
09/13 - House Of Targ, OTTAWA, ON
09/14 - Le Cercle, QUEBEC, QC