munk and lolaSo, here’s 2014, and here on Backseat Mafia we’re going to start with the sort of song you need in the early hours to keep going. So, if you are still going from last nights New Years Eve celebrations, check this out, it might just keep you on that dancefloor for another, well, 4 minutes 45.

It comes from Gomma records main man Mathias ‘Munk’ Modica, who divides his time between Marsaille and Berlin, to fit in his record label and DJing commitments. It’s been a big 2013 for him as well, roping in club legend James Murphy for the club smash out the Chairs, and Asia Argento on Live Fast Die Old.

Now he’s roped in Londoner (but now firmly established on the Berlin scene) Mona Lazette for ‘The Beat’. It’s the future and also the past of house, with its roots lying in the funk of Chaka Khan and Sly Stone, but driven by the beats of the present. Best thing is though, it’s just about as catchy as any house record we’ve heard for a while, which this warm popping bass, and these layers of synths wrapping up The Beat into something that’s not only danceable but memorable as well.


It’s accompanied by a video, filmed and directed by acclaimed photography team, Markus Burke & Gundi Schillinger, this is the first single taken off Munk’s next album due in 2014, for which as well as Lazette, Modica has drafted in another staple of the Berlin house scene, New Yorker Lizzy Paige.

The single comes with a couple of remixes, from Belgium’s alt house hero, KOLOMBO and SOCIAL DISCO CLUB, who ,manage to deliver a Master At Work/Talkin’ Loud like late acid-jazz house gem.

Still partying? You might well be with The Beat.