As a kid of the underground techno scene in Brooklyn, Pete Dougherty is known for blending the influences of French house, jazz and soul, minimalism, synth-pop, and everything else into his productions. Perhaps that’s why he caught the attention of Anjunadeep on his debut LP effort, First Landing. The Chicago-based artist, known more prominently as Moon Boots, is now giving listeners another sneak peek into an entirely new direction on his upcoming album, Bimini Road.
Moon Boots is also teasing his sophomore studio album with the second single off the LP, “Juanita,” which stands tall as a disco-funk anthem for the books. The track arrives as a collaboration with Kaleena Zanders, who brings an extra sense of fun and funk to the joint effort. The track embraces soul, disco, and spontaneity. Just by listening to the track, listeners can hear the joy and soul brought out by the two creators who met by chance at a retreat put on by MixMag.
“Kaleena’s voice is so incredible and her energy is so infectious. You just have to see it to believe it,” Moon Boots tells MixMag. “I’m amazed thinking back on the session that turned into “Juanita”. It was late at night and our sober daytime sessions had morphed into a full-blown party. This is one of the club tracks I am most proud of, and none of it would be possible without Kaleena’s unstoppable energy and talent.”
The full album Bimini Road is set to release September 6 on Anjunadeep and combines elements of soulful and melodic house as well as disco and R&B. Dougherty’s new album was inspired by the discovery of the ruins of Atlantis at Bimini in the Bahamas and embraces the joy of finding something new.
On the heels of his forthcoming album release, Moon Boots will be setting off on tour on September 27, kicking off in San Francisco and wrapping October 25 in London.