Official Video Unveiled For Lead Single “The Answer” Ft. Arthur Baker & Victor Simonelli


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The Answer – an exhilarating four-song collaboration from Chris Lake and Armand Van Helden – was released today by Black Book Records/Astralwerks. Download / stream the EP BELOW.

Today, the legendary producers shared the official video for the lead single/title track, “The Answer” ft. Arthur Baker and Victor Simonelli. Director Adrian Villagomez perfectly captures the song’s ethos of inclusion and love. The action unfolds in an unexpected setting: a desert battlefield. Amid the dunes, troops watch incredulously as an enemy soldier advances toward them, strips off his protective gear and begins dancing with abandon. Peace lies in the balance as the troops and their leader contemplate a response to the unique challenge to their territory. View the video BELOW. said, “‘The Answer’…is a beautiful representation of two industry veterans bringing their best to the table. Organic drums and reverberating plucks work to fill the room on this one, cultivating the desire to run to the nearest dance-floor.” Hailing the track as one of the “true highlights” of 2020 , DJ Times observed, “Being a soulful barrage of bass fueled by sampling Blind Truth’s Arthur Baker and Victor Simonelli-produced 1991 club hit, ‘Why Can’t We See,’ this is one funky, four-to-the floor anthem that sets the tone for…their powerhouse four-track offering.” noted, “What do you get when you take two of the most prolific house music producers in the game and put them on the same track? Magic.”

“‘Why Can’t We See’ gave us our mantra for making the record: love is the answer,” explains Armand Van Helden. “The title track came together so quickly. We just followed the energy in the room.”

The uplifting “Feel So Good” percolates with joy and sensuality and embodies Lake’s approach to making music. He explains, “All I’m really looking for is to get people on the dancefloor, and by the time they finish they realize, ‘Oh, God, my feet really hurt.’ I want them to dance and let go and feel good.”

The effervescent “Work!” was inspired by Van Helden’s tales of the vibrant New York City voguing scene of the 90’s. Chris Lake recalls, “We wrote ‘Work!’ whilst imagining there being a big vogue-off to the song.” The groovy, silken “Dubai Dublin” perfectly rounds out the EP.

The English-born, Los Angeles-based Lake grew up making music in his bedroom, emulating artists like Van Helden, one of house music’s most revered figures, whose career spans three decades. Lake has since amassed his own series of chart-topping hits, earned a GRAMMY® nomination and founded the acclaimed independent label Black Book Records. His collaboration with Van Helden was sparked by a chance encounter.

“I bumped into Armand in Miami at a pool party and we exchanged emails. A month later, he hit me up and floated the idea of working together,” he recalls. “The vibes were flying after we sat down on the first morning, chugging coffee, visualizing what could be made.”

The Answer provides a much-needed dose of sheer bliss in these challenging times. That such a consequential project should come out of an accidental meeting is nothing short of kismet.

Track Listing – The Answer
1. The Answer (feat. Arthur Baker & Victor Simonelli)
2. Feel So Good
3. Work!
4. Dubai Dublin


As house music continues to dominate the global electronic scene, British producer/DJ Chris Lake has cemented his status as one of the genre’s most compelling and massively successful artists. With a monumental discography that includes a series of chart-topping hits and a GRAMMY Award nomination, the L.A.-based musician has toured across the globe and brought his explosive live set to virtually every major music festival.

In a bold new chapter, Lake himself and his pioneering record label Black Book Records recently signed to Astralwerks, setting the stage for a barrage of new releases – including the timeless and transcendent single “I Remember” and his collaborative EP with Armand Van Helden, The Answer.

Lake launched Black Book in 2016 and scored his first smash with “Operator (Ring Ring)” feat. Dances With White Girls – a #1 SiriusXM hit, named “Hottest Record In The World” by BBC Radio 1 host Annie Mac. Although Lake initially founded Black Book in order to put out his own music, he soon began releasing tracks from such acts as Walker & Royce, Goooey Vuitton, and Wade, pursuing his passion for developing artists and empowering his signings to make significant gains global touring and streaming. Upcoming Black Book releases include music from Eli Brown, Noizu, Cloonee, Ango Tamarin, Biscits, and many more.

Armand Van Helden bought a drum machine when he was 13 and started DJing two years later. His numerous hits include “Witch Doktor,” “Bonkers,” “U Don't Know Me” “I Need A Painkiller” and “My My My.” His full-length albums include Old School Junkies: The Album, Enter The Meatmarket, 2 Future 4 U, Killing Puritans, ‘Gandhi Khan, Nympho, Ghettoblaster and Extra Dimensional. Over the course of three decades, Van Helden has headlined clubs, festivals and special events around the world as a DJ.

In 2009, Van Helden founded the duo Duck Sauce with fellow DJ/producer A-Trak. Their single “aNYway” hit No. 1 on the U.K. Dance chart while follow-up single “Barbra Streisand” earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Dance Recording and topped the charts in 12 countries.

He is also considered one of the best remixers in the business – nominated for a GRAMMY in 1998, the year the Remixer Of The Year, Non-Classical category was introduced, and remixing such artists as Katy Perry, Sneaker Pimps, Rolling Stones, Sam Smith, Britney Spears, Daft Punk, Tori Amos and Disclosure.

In early 2020, Duck Sauce unleashed a series of new songs and Van Helden released his new single, “Give Me Your Loving" ft. Lorne.

Established in New York City and now finding its new home in the historic Capitol Records Tower in Los Angeles, Astralwerks was the brainchild of staffers at Caroline Records who saw an opportunity for a label focused on the emerging electronic and ambient scene. Having reached a milestone of 25 years, Astralwerks has quickly become a modern, artist-first label with a true focus on nurturing talent across the electronic genre and beyond. Acting with a scalable, independent and global thinking mentality with the capability to tap into the resources of a major label, has allowed Astralwerks to retain and sign up-and-coming artists such as Illenium, Jonas Blue, Alison Wonderland, EDEN, Sigma and Axwell /\ Ingrosso. As a testament to this pioneering approach, Astralwerks has amassed 30 GRAMMY® nominations, taken home six GRAMMY Awards and had historic releases from the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Swedish House Mafia, Halsey, Porter Robinson, Phoenix, Eric Prydz, Fatboy Slim and many more.

December 11, 2020 10:17am ET by Capitol Music Group  

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