It should come as no surprise to the seasoned listener that the french are exceptionally good at making dance music. The homeland of Daft Punk as well as Gesaffelstein, Brodinski, and Justice to name a few, France has impeccable taste when it comes to tech. A counterpoint to Detroit’s gritty unbridled techno, Parisian Techno has a certain polish and well-rounded-ness that makes it irresistible. Without trying to sound too stuck up we’ll look at why a few French labels are dominating the techno scene right now.
Bromance Records supergroup Club Cheval (Myd, Panteros 666,Sam Tiba, and Canblaster) are ramping up to their highly anticipated debut album. This past week they released the second single off the upcoming LP, “Discipline,” and it is one hell of a tune. With some lyrical cross-over potential, this slightly pop-ish track combines some deep-house elements with polished techno sounds grounded and some nostalgic rave vibes. Combine this with their previous single, “From the Basement to the Roof,” and Club Cheval’s debut album may just be this year’s breakout hit.
Future Bass label, Record Record, is spear-headed by Point Point (Nomak, Devoted to God, LH4L, and Aazar) who’s Filet Mignon mixtape series has become the definitive collection of French Future Bass music as far as I’m concerned (and they just announced they’re seeking demos for volume IV!). Their next release as a label comes from fellow producer Felix whose track “Lidl” blends bass music stylings with dark techno sounds to create a weird hybrid that is both and neither at the same time. Classically-trained, Felix throws an incredible amount of complexity into it whilst keeping it light-hearted with assorted humorous moments. Keep an eye out for the full EP avalible through Red Bull Music Academy next Tuesday.
Another stalwart French label, Ed Banger Recs has become an institution for the electro connoisseur releasing music from Busy P, Boston Bun, Justice, Mr. Oizo, and Breakbot to name a few. Their latest signee, Para One, has joined forces with the South African Youth Choir to concoct a soulful disco-inspired club anthem for those DJs who yearn for the good-old days of vinyl crackling under a rotating Disco-ball. The chopped piano chords and soulful vocals give the track a vintage feel without making the song sound dated. “Elevation” is a feel-good call-to-arms for the younger generation to pickup where Daft Punk left off and continue to carry the disco flag forward.