3 years after revamping his beloved Anoraak moniker, Marseilles-based DJ, producer, and musician Frédéric Rivière continues his ongoing affair with disco in new single, “Karma”. The single arrives with the announcement of his forthcoming EP, Karma, which sees him team up once again with French songstress Sarah Maison. A follow-up to his disco-fueled 4-track Gang EP, Karma is slated for release on June 18th via Anoraak’s imprint Endless Summer. “Karma” is available now across all platforms.
STREAM/DOWNLOAD: ANORAAK – KARMA FT. SARAH MAISON
A longtime lover and avid listener of disco and house, Rivière opted to set aside his usual synth tool kit to deliver a mélange of sultry, soulful house in his 2020 EP, ‘Gang’. After a two-year hiatus, Rivière returned to the release radar with a new, redefined sound. Gang came as a surprise to staunch Anoraak loyalists and fans, as it saw him swap his familiar synth tool kit for a fresh, new twist on modern disco. The EP also marked the beginning of a new creative partnership between him and French-Moroccan singer/songwriter Sarah Maison, who took him to uncharted territory with her use of French lyricism.
The collaboration proved to be a successful one, with over 1,000,000 collective streams across all platforms to date. Rivière’s groove-fueled instrumentalism and Maison’s chic vocals in the titular single landed them a sync placement in the popular TV show “Good Trouble”.
Following the release, Rivière and Maison decided it would only be right to continue creating dreamy, disco-infused magic together. “We had a lot of fun doing ‘Gang’,” Rivière states, “we wanted to offer a sort of sequel.” The rest unfolded naturally. “‘Karma’ was done just as easily. I composed some instrumentals, sent them to [Sarah] and gave her a carte blanche on the lyrics.”
The titular lead single – out today – delivers a slice of 70s inspired disco fused with a modern pop/lounge twinge. Borrowing influences from pop, disco, house, and indie, the track is a perfect representation of the Anoraak brand: versatile, creative, and timeless. Pre-order the ‘Karma EP’ vinyl here: https://www.
When we first collaborated on the track « Gang » back in 2020 we pushed one and another to explore uncharted territories in such an easy manner that we decided to go even further by creating this body of work. « Karma » is a result of pure candidness. In a world full of nonsense, we wanted to have a little fun – Frédéric Rivière (Anoraak) & Sarah Maison
ABOUT ANORAAK — With 3 eponymous albums under his belt, numerous EPs and collaborations with artists such as the Scottish enchantress Siobhan Wilson, Danish sensation Lydmor, US singer Slow Shiver, to name only a few & remixes for Satin Jackets, Neon Indian, Mika… Anoraak has set himself in the last years as a leading force in the “sunset-inspired disco and synthpop” with well over 30 Million streams across all platforms & placements on staple Netflix series You & Atypical. Anoraak has also performed at major global music festivals and events, including SXSW, Noise Music Festival, Festival Les Inrocks, Electric Daisy Carnival in addition to headlining his own tours around the world.
Despite the pandemic, in 2020 Anoraak has been quite the productive year for the Frenchman who lined up 2 EPs on both Yuksek’s imprint Partyfine and Manchester’s iconic label Paper Recordings, as well as several single releases including the charity compilation For Beirut (alongside Breakbot, Acid Arab, Dimitri From Paris…), and the 1st compilation release on France’s major act Bon Entendeur imprint BE Records. Anoraak has ended 2020 with major dsp placements including a hot spot on one of Spotify’s leading editorial playlists: MINT Latin, setting the tone for a fruitful 2021 year with many exciting projects in the pipeline.