The House producer already kindly teased us the album with the singles "Renegade" and “Zenith”. Respectively released in November and February.
Kavinsky worked on “Renegade” with Victor Le Masne and Justice’s Gaspard Augé at Paris’ Motorbass Studio; Cautious Clay, whose vocals feature on the track, co-wrote the title with the producers.
“Renegade” was accompanied by a music video directed by Alexandre Courtès (Daft Punk, U2, Jamiroquai), where, after three criminals send him flying through the windows of a skyscraper, Kavinsky emerges with superpowers and exacts his revenge. The director explained “I wanted to include Kavinsky in a real movie where he is the hero. With all the love and references he and I share, we pay homage to the film craft we cherish. Kavinsky is back with a bang !…. wait, no actually it’s three bangs.”.
As for "Zenith", it’s a languorous title straight out of the 80s with its saxophone intro, overflowing sensuality and soaring synth-filled crescendos. "We once were electric / Now we're flatlined / We're running too late and / Running out of time" sings the artist Morgan Phalen on the chorus, between two electric guitar riffs, as an answer to the lament of Prudence, alias Olivia Merilahti of the duo The Dø, who laments the turn taken by their romance: "I know it's over / I can see you walking off the silver screen / It makes me wonder / Will I ever make it to the final scene? “. Described as the follow up to ‘Nightcall’, the track is a romantic slow burner with a saxophone. Like in the original, Kavinsky composed a duet between a girl and a man, but reversed this time: the verse is sung by the woman, the chorus by the man.
“At the end of the recording sessions, it became obvious this special song was the sequel to ‘Nightcall,’” said Kavinsky. “It’s got a similar movement, beat and tempo but that was very much an accident. It started with a simple guitar hook and the idea of putting a saxophone on there came soon after.
“We called a saxophone player who arrived at the studio within the hour; then the song really came into its own. It took a whole team of us to get it right,” he added, revealing that Justice’s Gaspard Augé and French musician and producer Victor Le Masne were both involved.