“A Sunday well-spent brings a week of content.” Sunday, my oh my, how quickly you have returned to us. I’m not exactly sure if a hangover Sunday counts as a day well-spent though. In case it’s not, here’s another edition of Sunday’s Best to balance out the laziness and get you pumped on some of the best sounds of the week! French House is the foundation on which all my electronic musical sensibilities have been built, brick by sampled brick, and one day I will write a long, complicated and self-indulgent article about musique de la maison française and why it is the way, the truth and the light. You lucky devils! For now though, here is a buoyant slab of ace typical of the genre from Parisian producers N’Joy (aka Nicholas Morizet) and Thony Ritz to keep us ticking over until I can properly bend your earholes and eyeballs with the joys of obscure, decade-old Gallic jams in all their filtered splendour. C’est magnifique.
If theres a group of people who’s names I’ve heard and seen plastered all over the web for the last year I’d have to give it to those pesky Club Cheval boys. Proving again that the French almost always do things better its safe to say Canblaster, Myd, Sam Tiba and Panteros666 are all respectably setting the scene a light with their mixture of futuristic ghetto influenced house thats got everyone from Drop the Lime to dance music legends Underworld asking for remixes. Club Cheval remixing Underworld I hear your little mind think. It’s definitely as good as it sounds and were to spoil you with it today. Working round the catchy vocals of the original the Club Cheval boys layer in the drums for a solid 132 bpm club joint thats going straight to the top of my must play tracks. ‘Un collectif, un label, un laboratoire, un ecurie’ is what they like to call themselves. All I know is that they make bloody good music!
June saw Ital Tek’s LP Midnight Colour released on brilliant Planet Mu to some really positive response. This week saw him release this track for FREE! And what a delight it is, think dawn with fantastic skies and you’re close to what this song evokes. Lovely stuff.
ITAL TEK – FINALLY (320kbps)
Ah another lovely edit from this talented Australian, each one as good as the next. On this one he takes on the might of the Talking Heads and turns it into a whispy disco groover. Where ever home is to David Byrne, on this edit it sounds warmer than cold north of England on this track and I want to be there too.
Two Charming Men. I really should hate these guys. Two young lads from Kildare in Ireland whose first track, a remix for fellow Irishman Lorcan Mak, gets them such a wave of attention that their second DJ set together is supporting Foamo. Then they get a release on Bang Gang records, remixing Arveene & MiSK‘s Eavesdropper. The original track is a tough-as-nails electro bomb, all rolling snares, snarling synths and off-beat growls. Two Charming Men take it and smooth out some of the rough edges, taking that off-beat lead and putting it on beat – a simple change but an effective one nonethless. Pitch bending the main riff also adds to the twisted feel of this rework, as well as the soft kicks that just about cover up about thirty seconds of silence. Dangerous. And you know what else? They really are charming.