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Simon Mills AND Napoleon Output

Here’s a rather big news update!

Out now: The 8 track mini-album: OSTs Vol 2: Schools And Colleges

Also Out: The Copacabasa EP as Simon Mills.

Let me explain the two monikers…

… As a DJ, even during my years in Bent, I sometimes found myself in a confusing situation: My studio output varied in BPM/genre to such a degree that when I played out, some crowds anticipated eclectic sets while others expected beefier, more uptempo mixes. I’ve often felt envious of DJs who mix music that reflect the tracks they produce. The crowd knows what they’re getting, the DJ knows what they’re going to play out.

With this in mind, 2015 became a lot of writing, re-thinking and planning.

By separating my music into “Electronica” and “Uptempo”, I’ve redefined my output to reflect what I love playing out in those two worlds. I love playing eclectic sets, I adore soundtracks and music that puts you in another universe… but I also thrive on getting a main room chugging!

So, that’s all sorted then :-)

I have a diary slowly filling up with shows so I’ll keep you posted on my various pages (linked at the bottom).

Meanwhile, you can hear my mixes online, and I’ll be posting new ones regularly. Please note: I’ve removed DJ sets from my Soundcloud but will using my Mixcloud from now on for mixes. Unfortunately Soundcloud often pulls down mixes due to copyright issues, so it was time to join everyone and make the leap.

Happy listening!

S x


Merry Christmas!

You can now get my entire discography for 50% of the usual price until the end of January!

77 tracks, 13 Eps, remixes, and more… enjoy and have a magical Christmas xxx

Get it HERE!


Napoleon, second album - Magpies - Out Now!

I’m ecstatic to say that I’ve finally finished my second solo album entitled Magpies, and it’s available HERE!

A little history of the album, including some waffle:

Magpies has been a real labour of love, and to be honest it’s been quite nerve-wracking, for a number of reasons.

Firstly, it’s genuinely something that I think reflects a more emotional, personal side of my work. And as much as I pride myself in “being in touch with my feelings” and trusting my own musical judgement, I feel like I’ve taken a leap with this album, and presented something much more from the heart, and more honest.

Secondly, I wanted to do this without a label. I’m still working alongside labels and had a few interested in this, but I decided to just be myself and give it directly to the audience myself. It’s a very rewarding experience that I never got whilst working in Bent, because I was in a duo behind a large publisher and label with a marketing machine.

That’s not to say that I don’t want to use PR/Labels with my work; my new side project Pincer Movement is doing just that.

Speaking of Pincer Movement, if you don’t know about it already, it is a new collaboration of mine with local Irish DJ/Promoter/House bod Stephen Porter, who I met after I moved here, due to seeing his festivals and noticing the talent he was bringing into this remote area with his Jika Jika festivals!

I soon realised after my first Napoleon album that in a way, I wanted to split my music output in half. I felt like I was trying to cross too many genres with one moniker, and not that that’s a bad thing, but I sometimes believe it’s easier for people to understand a body of work when it’s more unified.

So, the idea was to put my emotional, personal music out as Napoleon, and my disco/house type material out as something else.

I clicked with Mr Porter very quickly, and his taste in house music was perfectly in line with what I loved. And so Pincer Movement was born… so it you miss some of the more uptempo work I did on my debut solo album, fear not… As I type this, a second EP as PM is about to launch, this time through Godlike & Electric, and it’s getting a fab response.

Anyhow, I’m waffling. This is about Magpies. Some are saying it reminds them of early Bent which I think I agree with. I wanted to return to finding vintage beautiful samples, on cassettes, vinyl, and wherever I could lay my hands on. I wanted this to have a melancholy, but hopeful feel to it.

“Magpies?” you may be asking… well, I’m a bit of a sonic thief, and for some reason in the remote beautiful area of Ireland where I now reside, there seem to be loads of them hanging around the road outside my house.

Also, “Magpie” was a 70s show in the UK. And this album has hints of the 70s in it. But I just thought of that off the top of my head.

Well, I’ll end this waffle. Enjoy :D


Napoleon - The Remixed EP

Well, after a long silence Napoleon – The Remixed EP is finally here!

It’s been a hectic 2013 – Bent releases, Pincer Movement, and trying to finally nail this second Napoleon album.. (It’s getting close)

Anyhow, here it is – it contains 4 fab mixes from Ralph Myerz, Nacho Marco, Sonic Tramp and Miracle Boy!

Sonic Tramp was the winner of my remix competition, and here is the result – a gorgeous rendition of ‘Lament’

Enjoy!

AVAILABLE HERE <———-

Napoleon - The Remixed EP

David Ortolà - Mariposas (Napoleon's Piña Remix)

Remember back in December when I went to Madrid to remix David Ortolà‘s track ‘Mariposas’, performed on no less than 20 grand pianos?

Well here’s a preview of the result, it ended up being a fluffy and housey type affair…coming soon on Loudeast records.. :D


Remixing David Ortolà - 'Mariposas'

Well, what an amazing week – I’ve been away in Madrid remixing a beautiful piece composed by David Ortolà, made with 20 Grand Pianos!

Here is a link to a performance of the original version —-> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7sa3V8NC6k

The collaboration was put together by Spanish Producer/DJ Nacho Marco, who has coincidentally just remixed my track “The Only Life”.. coming soon!

Here’s a few shots of the session that ended up being very successful! http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.387826764639490.100863.155990061156496&type=1

You may have to follow me on my page to view them!
http://www.facebook.com/NapoleonUK

I’ll be uploading links to my remix soon!

And, this will be the last post for a few days – so have a merry Christmas, and all the best for the new year!

Remixing David Ortolà - 'Mariposas'

Lament - Remix Competition!!

Competition time!

Now’s your chance to show off your remixing skills! I’m giving you the opportunity to remix my track ‘Lament’! (it’s in the player at the top if you want to hear it!)

For the price of a bottle of wine you’ll have the full quality individual tracks in order for you to unleash your creative skills! Get the parts HERE!

The winner will have their remix released on my forthcoming “Remixed” EP alongside Ralph Myerz’s stunning remix of ’1973, 1975’ and two other beauties being kept under wraps!

Along with the winner, 2 runners up will get the chance to spend 3hrs with me on Skype, where I will give you advice and tips on your own productions, an insight into my studio & kit, and go over some of my secret production and writing techniques! How about that for up close and personal?!

Submissions should be sent via email to info@napoleon-tunes.com but please feel free to post links at www.facebook.com/NapoleonUK so we can all hear what you’ve been up to!

Anything goes, any style or genre – this is for you to be completely expressive!

The closing date will be the 21st of October, and the winner will be announced on November 1st via my website’s newsletter, so DON’T FORGET to visit www.napoleon-tunes.com and subscribe in the bottom right hand corner! (scroll right down!)

For full terms and conditions, visit here —-> TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Good luck, and I look forward to hearing what you all come up with!

:D


June 2012 Chilled Tape (free download)

Hi folks, here’s a chilled mix for you which I recently had played on Med Cafe Radio.

There’s a couple of unreleased Napoleon tunes, plus a mash up of Sebastien Tellier Vs Pet Shop Boys- La Ritournelle/Love Comes Quickly, something I did a while back – and it features the very talented Simon Lord on vocals, written around the time of our album “Intercept!”

Ooh, on that note I popped a Bent tune in there that a lot of you won’t know……Enjoy!


Simon Mills AND Napoleon Output

Here’s a rather big news update!

Out now: The 8 track mini-album: OSTs Vol 2: Schools And Colleges

Also Out: The Copacabasa EP as Simon Mills.

Let me explain the two monikers…

… As a DJ, even during my years in Bent, I sometimes found myself in a confusing situation: My studio output varied in BPM/genre to such a degree that when I played out, some crowds anticipated eclectic sets while others expected beefier, more uptempo mixes. I’ve often felt envious of DJs who mix music that reflect the tracks they produce. The crowd knows what they’re getting, the DJ knows what they’re going to play out.

With this in mind, 2015 became a lot of writing, re-thinking and planning.

By separating my music into “Electronica” and “Uptempo”, I’ve redefined my output to reflect what I love playing out in those two worlds. I love playing eclectic sets, I adore soundtracks and music that puts you in another universe… but I also thrive on getting a main room chugging!

So, that’s all sorted then :-)

I have a diary slowly filling up with shows so I’ll keep you posted on my various pages (linked at the bottom).

Meanwhile, you can hear my mixes online, and I’ll be posting new ones regularly. Please note: I’ve removed DJ sets from my Soundcloud but will using my Mixcloud from now on for mixes. Unfortunately Soundcloud often pulls down mixes due to copyright issues, so it was time to join everyone and make the leap.

Happy listening!

S x


Merry Christmas!

You can now get my entire discography for 50% of the usual price until the end of January!

77 tracks, 13 Eps, remixes, and more… enjoy and have a magical Christmas xxx

Get it HERE!


Napoleon, second album - Magpies - Out Now!

I’m ecstatic to say that I’ve finally finished my second solo album entitled Magpies, and it’s available HERE!

A little history of the album, including some waffle:

Magpies has been a real labour of love, and to be honest it’s been quite nerve-wracking, for a number of reasons.

Firstly, it’s genuinely something that I think reflects a more emotional, personal side of my work. And as much as I pride myself in “being in touch with my feelings” and trusting my own musical judgement, I feel like I’ve taken a leap with this album, and presented something much more from the heart, and more honest.

Secondly, I wanted to do this without a label. I’m still working alongside labels and had a few interested in this, but I decided to just be myself and give it directly to the audience myself. It’s a very rewarding experience that I never got whilst working in Bent, because I was in a duo behind a large publisher and label with a marketing machine.

That’s not to say that I don’t want to use PR/Labels with my work; my new side project Pincer Movement is doing just that.

Speaking of Pincer Movement, if you don’t know about it already, it is a new collaboration of mine with local Irish DJ/Promoter/House bod Stephen Porter, who I met after I moved here, due to seeing his festivals and noticing the talent he was bringing into this remote area with his Jika Jika festivals!

I soon realised after my first Napoleon album that in a way, I wanted to split my music output in half. I felt like I was trying to cross too many genres with one moniker, and not that that’s a bad thing, but I sometimes believe it’s easier for people to understand a body of work when it’s more unified.

So, the idea was to put my emotional, personal music out as Napoleon, and my disco/house type material out as something else.

I clicked with Mr Porter very quickly, and his taste in house music was perfectly in line with what I loved. And so Pincer Movement was born… so it you miss some of the more uptempo work I did on my debut solo album, fear not… As I type this, a second EP as PM is about to launch, this time through Godlike & Electric, and it’s getting a fab response.

Anyhow, I’m waffling. This is about Magpies. Some are saying it reminds them of early Bent which I think I agree with. I wanted to return to finding vintage beautiful samples, on cassettes, vinyl, and wherever I could lay my hands on. I wanted this to have a melancholy, but hopeful feel to it.

“Magpies?” you may be asking… well, I’m a bit of a sonic thief, and for some reason in the remote beautiful area of Ireland where I now reside, there seem to be loads of them hanging around the road outside my house.

Also, “Magpie” was a 70s show in the UK. And this album has hints of the 70s in it. But I just thought of that off the top of my head.

Well, I’ll end this waffle. Enjoy :D


Napoleon - The Remixed EP

Well, after a long silence Napoleon – The Remixed EP is finally here!

It’s been a hectic 2013 – Bent releases, Pincer Movement, and trying to finally nail this second Napoleon album.. (It’s getting close)

Anyhow, here it is – it contains 4 fab mixes from Ralph Myerz, Nacho Marco, Sonic Tramp and Miracle Boy!

Sonic Tramp was the winner of my remix competition, and here is the result – a gorgeous rendition of ‘Lament’

Enjoy!

AVAILABLE HERE <———-

Napoleon - The Remixed EP

David Ortolà - Mariposas (Napoleon's Piña Remix)

Remember back in December when I went to Madrid to remix David Ortolà‘s track ‘Mariposas’, performed on no less than 20 grand pianos?

Well here’s a preview of the result, it ended up being a fluffy and housey type affair…coming soon on Loudeast records.. :D


Remixing David Ortolà - 'Mariposas'

Well, what an amazing week – I’ve been away in Madrid remixing a beautiful piece composed by David Ortolà, made with 20 Grand Pianos!

Here is a link to a performance of the original version —-> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7sa3V8NC6k

The collaboration was put together by Spanish Producer/DJ Nacho Marco, who has coincidentally just remixed my track “The Only Life”.. coming soon!

Here’s a few shots of the session that ended up being very successful! http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.387826764639490.100863.155990061156496&type=1

You may have to follow me on my page to view them!
http://www.facebook.com/NapoleonUK

I’ll be uploading links to my remix soon!

And, this will be the last post for a few days – so have a merry Christmas, and all the best for the new year!

Remixing David Ortolà - 'Mariposas'

Lament - Remix Competition!!

Competition time!

Now’s your chance to show off your remixing skills! I’m giving you the opportunity to remix my track ‘Lament’! (it’s in the player at the top if you want to hear it!)

For the price of a bottle of wine you’ll have the full quality individual tracks in order for you to unleash your creative skills! Get the parts HERE!

The winner will have their remix released on my forthcoming “Remixed” EP alongside Ralph Myerz’s stunning remix of ’1973, 1975’ and two other beauties being kept under wraps!

Along with the winner, 2 runners up will get the chance to spend 3hrs with me on Skype, where I will give you advice and tips on your own productions, an insight into my studio & kit, and go over some of my secret production and writing techniques! How about that for up close and personal?!

Submissions should be sent via email to info@napoleon-tunes.com but please feel free to post links at www.facebook.com/NapoleonUK so we can all hear what you’ve been up to!

Anything goes, any style or genre – this is for you to be completely expressive!

The closing date will be the 21st of October, and the winner will be announced on November 1st via my website’s newsletter, so DON’T FORGET to visit www.napoleon-tunes.com and subscribe in the bottom right hand corner! (scroll right down!)

For full terms and conditions, visit here —-> TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Good luck, and I look forward to hearing what you all come up with!

:D


June 2012 Chilled Tape (free download)

Hi folks, here’s a chilled mix for you which I recently had played on Med Cafe Radio.

There’s a couple of unreleased Napoleon tunes, plus a mash up of Sebastien Tellier Vs Pet Shop Boys- La Ritournelle/Love Comes Quickly, something I did a while back – and it features the very talented Simon Lord on vocals, written around the time of our album “Intercept!”

Ooh, on that note I popped a Bent tune in there that a lot of you won’t know……Enjoy!