PETE TONG & THE HERITAGE ORCHESTRA (HER_O) RELEASE ‘SYMPHONY OF YOU’ WITH BOY GEORGE

PETE TONG & THE HERITAGE ORCHESTRA (HER_O) RELEASE ‘SYMPHONY OF YOU’ WITH BOY GEORGE

OUT NOW // TAKEN FROM THE NEW ALBUM CHILLED CLASSICS Set for release on November 29th 2019

Also featuring Wiley, MNEK, Zara Larsson, Alison Mosshart, Grace Carter & more

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Following the recent announcement of new album Chilled Classics, which sees Pete Tong reuniting with The Heritage Orchestra (Her_o) for the third time, the revered DJ, broadcaster and dance pioneer shares a second track from the upcoming record featuring one of the UK’s most iconic artists, Boy George. The pair reconnect on the glorious ‘Symphony of You,’ almost 40 years since a young Tong booked Culture Club to appear at The Barracuda in London. Speaking about the track, which was premiered by BBC Radio 2’s Zoe Ball, Tong reveals: “I wanted this Philly International vibe, ‘Ain’t No Stopping Us Now’ meets ‘I Love Music’, and George felt like the perfect fit to sing it, it was his key and vibe. And he loved it.”

Alongside Boy George the new album also features Todd Edwards, MNEK, Grace Carter, Zara Larsson, Alison Mosshart and more, and is set for release through Universal Music on November 29th. Chilled Classics is the follow-up to the chart-topping 2016 and 2017 albums Classic House and Ibiza Classics, which saw rework classic tunes with the orchestra, conducted and arranged by Jules Buckley. This third collection sees Tong and Buckley introduce a number of new tracks, fitting seamlessly in amongst the classics as if they too were unearthed from the vaults. "We’re trying to make timeless music,” says Tong, “and we think these fit in.”

With the new record, the overarching aim was to continue to develop and evolve the original idea at the heart of the project, the original idea being classical, orchestrated interpretations of Ibiza, house and techno classics. Key, Tong says, was to push things forward on all fronts: inspired song choices, inventive interpretations, ambitious collaborations. As he acknowledges: “We hope our versions are true to the visions of the original songwriters, producers and artists – but equally, they have to stand alone as a worthwhile tribute, alternative and complement to those visions.” He is quick to clarify that the “chilled” concept is meant in a specific context, however. To Tong, a man who knows the scene better than most, if not everyone, this new selection of tunes “is chilled in the sense of a sunset set Ibiza. So that doesn’t mean it’s all ambient or meditation music,” he notes with a smile. “It’s what a DJ might play at Café Mambo for Café del Mar as the sun’s going down. So it can have tempo, and be quite soulful, too.”

These, then, are Chilled Classics. Some things old, some things new, some things borrowed and some things inventively, boldly, brightly and excitingly reimagined. And when the Pete Tong, Jules Buckley, Heritage Orchestra and special guest vocalists touring phenomenon hits the road again later this year, including a return to London’s O2 arena on December 13th & 14th, the party will be bigger and better than ever.

Classic House, Ibiza Classics, Chilled Classics: three albums in, Tong and co are owning the dancefloor and the concert arena in a wholly fresh, forward-thinking way. All classic, all new, all good times.

Pete Tong Chilled Classics can be pre-ordered now with the tracks ‘Go Crazy’ feat. Todd Edwards and ‘Symphony of You’ feat. Boy George immediately available. The full track listing is:

 

  1. SWEET HARMONY ft. Nina Nesbitt
  2. 7 SECONDS ft. Grace Carter and Langa Mavuso
  3. ROSE ROUGE ft. Robert Owens
  4. GO CRAZY ft. Todd Edwards
  5. SYMPHONY OF YOU ft. Boy George
  6. THE CURE & THE CAUSE ft. Sinead Hartnett
  7. EVERY HEARTBEAT ft. Zara Larsson
  8. AT THE RIVER
  9. OFFSHORE
  10. PERFECT HARMONY ft. MNEK
  11. DARKEST DAYS ft. Shungudzo
  12. TOUCH ME ft. Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince
  13. GREECE 2000
  14. ALRIGHT ft. Au/Ra
  15. SHOW ME LOVE ft. Moss Kena
  16. BORN SLIPPY ft. Wiley
  17. ADAGIO FOR STRINGS
  18. EVERY HEARTBEAT (FULL ORCHESTRAL) – NON-LP

 

Pete Tong & The Heritage Orchestra UK tour dates:

4th Dec    Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth

5th Dec    Motorpoint Arena Nottingham, Nottingham

6th Dec    First Direct Arena, Leeds

7th Dec    Manchester Arena, Manchester

8th Dec    The SSE Hydro, Glasgow

10th Dec  Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff

11th Dec  Arena Birmingham, Birmingham

13th Dec  The O2, London

14th Dec  The O2, London

 

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About Pete Tong

There are few individuals in the world of dance music who can claim the kind of influence Pete Tong has had over the last twenty years. As the voice of Radio 1’s prestigious dance programming, Pete has held a commanding presence over the industry for more than two decades. With an unparalleled ear for new talent, Tong has become the leading tastemaker of the electronic generation. While he’s known publicly as Pete Tong the DJ, behind the scenes, he’s an industry icon.

The last 18 months have seen him ramp up an already-stacked schedule. In 2015, to celebrate BBC’s 20-year presence in Ibiza, he brought electronic music to BBC’s Proms concert series by having a live orchestra perform dance classics. This December Tong, Jules Buckley and The Heritage Orchestra will host a follow up performance at London’s iconic O2 Arena which sold out in hours, and will be accompanied by a December album entitled Classic House on UMC/UMOD/Polydor. In 2016, Tong brought his Essential Mix series stateside with live broadcasts in Los Angeles, Miami and Brooklyn; he took the IMS to Shanghai for its first ever China edition; and he served as producer and music supervisor for Netflix original film XOXO. Presently, he is embarking on his first-ever All Gone Pete Tong North American tour.

Having spent the majority of his life in England, Pete has recently resettled in Los Angeles to begin a new chapter in his life. He’s wasted little time establishing himself in the US, having helped inaugurate Clear Channel Entertainment’s Evolution dance brand in 2013 and recently expanding the programming to the extended two-hour segment, The Evolution Beatport Show with Pete Tong, broadcasting on 90 different Top 40 stations in the US. Meanwhile, his world famous BBC Radio 1 shows, the Essential Mix and Essential Selection, are only growing in popularity: the former continues to be the Holy Grail of mix shows, while the latter is still the best place to premiere a new record.

On the DJing front, Tong is currently championing three premier All Gone Pete Tong residencies in the US. Once a month, you can find him bridging the gap to the underground at Sound Nightclub in Los Angeles, while in Miami, he’s keeping the integrity of club culture alive at Story. His residency at the SLS Las Vegas sees him performing regularly at the brand new LiFE club, where he’s introducing a whole new palette of underground sounds to the party mecca. Finally, the All Gone Pete Tong brand has achieved global renown through world-class parties in Miami during WMC and Ibiza as well as dedicated stages at festivals like Creamfields, TomorrowWorld, Electric Zoo and SW4.

As a music producer, Tong has led an esteemed career over the years with notable releases on Pets Recordings, Ministry of Sound, Toolroom Records, Suara and more. His compilations have garnered critical acclaim--most notably 2013’s 60-track anthology, The Pete Tong Collection. Most recently, he debuted on Beesemyer Music with tech-house anthem “Aurora” alongside John Monkman, while also curating All Gone Ibiza 2016 alongside Andrea Oliva as part of his All Gone Pete Tong compilation series.

On the business side, Tong continues to be a prominent force in both the booking and A&R worlds. In 2008, he co-founded WME’s electronic music division alongside Joel Zimmerman, helping to turn the venture into one of the most powerful booking agencies in the world. He’s also relaunched his label FFRR, reclaiming his reputation for A&R and signing acts like Oliver Heldens, The Magician, Blonde and The Disciples. On top of this, Tong is responsible for founding the International Music Summit, which holds major events in Ibiza, Los Angeles and Singapore. Now in its 6th year, the event is viewed in the industry as The Premier Platform for Thought Leadership in Electronic Music.

When all is said and done, one shudders to think what dance music would have been like without Pete Tong’s influence. Over the years, he’s played a crucial role in breaking new artists and changing the way people think about electronic music. With his new found home in Los Angeles, the British icon is looking to revolutionize the perception of dance music in America. If there’s anyone up for the task, it’s Pete Tong.