Recommended: Jacques Renault – Back To You
There are a lot of reasons we like Jacques Renault – first off, he shares his name with a particularly insidious “Twin Peaks” character. He’s also responsible for some of our favourite remixes from the past few years, most notably his anthemic take on Midnight Magic’s “Beam Me Up” and the haunting revision of CFCF’s “Frozen Forest”. On top of that, he runs the party-slash-record label Let’s Play House with Nik Mercer, known for its life-affirming house and disco and recently featured on Pitchfork’s New Brookyn Underground spotlight alongside Truants friends and family L.I.E.S., Mr Saturday Night and UNO. For their first release of the year they’ve got something special – “Back To You”, Renault’s first original track in three years. It’s built around an unassuming but unquestionably jacking kick and hard-edged percussion that takes no prisoners on the dancefloor. This leads off towards a smooth, gated horn riff and some Chic-esque guitar licks, while hummed vocals and a bassline that just hints towards Stardust wink and nod at similar styles across different eras. Those congas on the top are really the icing, and while it all seems to drift in and out of tune, that’s just your mind playing tricks on you. Well played, Jacques.
Stream: Jacques Renault – Back To You (Paradis Remix) (Let’s Play House)
On the flip we have a debut remix from Parisian duo Paradis, who’ve already released two sublime 12″s on Tim Sweeney’s Beats In Space Records It’s a delectable nine minutes of melancholy house groove. It’s faster than the original, yet takes it down a more emotional route with breathy, mournful lyrics added by the Frenchmen. It calls to mind the emotive house jams you’ll find on Permanent Vacation (where, let’s not forget, we discovered Renault’s aforementioned Midnight Magic remix) – a great look for any label. If that’s not enough for you, there’s a remix EP to follow later in the year. In the meantime, be sure to check out the inaugural LPH podcast, mixed by Dead Rose Music Company, while New York fam can Play House with Jacques and HNNY at The Woods in Brooklyn tomorrow. It’s all part of the experience, right?
Jacques Renault’s Back To You is out now on Let’s Play House.