Covering Tracks: Lazare Hoche

Covering Tracks is a regular series in which we ask our favorite producers and DJs to recommend around 10 new (and not so new) releases. A few weeks ago, we raided the Parisian techno catacombs with the Cosmo Rhythmatic crew, and this week we’re balancing it out with some picks from one of the French capital’s finest house selectors: young gun Lazare Hoche. His eponymous record label is preparing to release a record from Headcore, the alias of longtime French house champion DJ Gregory, which drops December 1.

This is actually the final installment of Covering Tracks, and in all sincerity it’s one of our favorite ones ever. We wouldn’t say that it if wasn’t true. We’ve added just about all of these to our Discogs Wantlists.

Gene Hunt – “Jazzie” [Svek]

I was hunting this record for a while, and thanks to a certain US website, I have it in my hands now. Each time I play it, there is always a guys jumping me to ask “What’s this gem?”

Unit T – “Mystery Tones” [Sounds.]

This is a huge, stripped-down version of the famous Underground Solutions loop “Luv Dancin’” on Strictly Rhythm.

Deepside – “III” [Fnac]

French action from St Germain and Shazz.

Point G – “Have You” [Point G Records]

Gregory is back in Paris and relaunched his old Point G alias, which showed the world that he is still one of the sickest producers around. No doubt. In my eyes, this track is a future classic. It never leaves my bag and always made a great impression. I’m gonna re-issue one heavy old record from Greg later this year, this time under his Headcore alias, which was originally released on Versatile France. I’m really looking forward to giving Headcore a second life.

Skull presents Ron Maney – “Bring It Home” [Relief]

A monster track from Skull, and a crazy inspiring piece of music. On my top five list of favorite tracks, for sure.

Microman – “If I Let You Down (Remix)” [Ahab]

This one’s a real weapon from the underrated Mathtias Rosén. My Danish lover, Samuel André Madsen, showed this gem. I’ve been playing it ever since. Stunning!

The Bermuda Triangle – “Mary Celeste” [Vibraphone]

This is an epic early ’90s Italian house record from the great Roman imprint Vibraphone Records, and it’s a proper track to finish or to begin a set. Those records from Vibraphone were a big inspiration for my project Mandar, which is the trio I do with S.A.M. and Malin Génie.

Ace & The Sandman “Let Your Body Talk” [Saber]

Ace & The Sandman, also known as Virgo Four, released this record back in 1992. My friend Cyril (AKA DJ Deep) included it on his compilation series City To City—that’s actually where I discovered this gem. I was about three years old when it came out, and even though I’m not from US and I didn’t live that era, I do have a sincere and strong passion about it. As a DJ, I actually love to play new stuff, including some unreleased shit by myself or Mandar, alongside old records.

Servo Unique “Ba’ Dum Bah Da” [Luxury]

Servo Unique is one Jeff Mills’ aliases. People often thinks that Jeff Mills’ only released “house-y” stuff as Purpose Maker, but actually, this track came three years before the first Purpose Maker record, and it’s quite different. I hope this 12″ will be more easy to find one day.

Lazare Hoche & Malin Génie “Formes” [Lazare Hoche Records]

This record just came out two weeks ago. It has a different vibe from most of the music I made with Malin lately. It’s more uptempo and slowly-built stuff. This a special release to celebrate the tenth Lazare Hoche Records release. Anyway, the B-side is totally different!

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Covering Tracks: ALSO (AKA Appleblim & Second Storey)

Covering Tracks is a regular series in which we ask our favorite producers and DJs to recommend around 10 new (and not so new) releases. We’re capping off the week with ALSO, the duo formed by bass kingpin Appleblim and newcomer Second Storey, who have a record out November 24 on legendary Belgian outpost R&S. Second Storey started the session with five heaters.

RSD – “Over it” [Tectonic]

I first heard this track at Berghain when Laurie played Substance in 2008, and it blew me away. Up until that point, I wasn’t 100 percent into Ddbstep, as I came from a more electro- and techno-orientated background, but upon hearing this (and especially on that sound system) I totally got it. It changed the course of my music in many ways.

Drexciya – “Under Sea Disturbances” [Tresor]

I love pretty much everything Drexciya has ever done and have been obsessed since I first heard their music at age 17. There’s an understated genius vibe in so much of their work, so it was hard for me to pick one track. This is definitely one of their lighter and jazzier moments. The way the melodic elements dance around the ridged beat is so satisfying.

Mathew Jonson – “Symphony for the Apocalypse” [Wagon Repair]

This is an intense and inspiring piece of music from Mathew Jonson. He’s always had a such a knack for those melancholy Eastern melodies, which always get me. The way it just builds and builds and then completely explodes…

Isolée – “Beau Mot Plage” [Playhouse]

I played this at the party where I first met Laurie. He had it as well and it became a kind of anthem for us. Isolée has written many amazing tracks, his album We Are Monster is a good example. The structure, sound design, and overall mood of this track really stand out.

Erik & Fiedel – “Donna” [MMM]

This is another track that’s been a big influence on us both. I’ve got three copies of this record. All of them are fucked.

And now we hand the reigns over to Appleblim for five closing tracks.

Villalobos – “Panpot Spliff” [Perlon]

This is one that Al [Second Storey] introduced me to when we were were fist bonding over techno and all night DJing sessions! I didn’t really “get” all the early Perlon stuff at the time it came out, but now I’m realising how influential and experimental and FUNKY they were, and I just love the wandering melancholy melody on this—deep and yearning and psychedelic.

Vessel – “Silten” [Tri-Angle Records]

I think Vessel and the Young Echo crew are a great example of Bristol’s quietly pioneering spirit. They are really varied in what they do, and Vessel’s first album had a big impact on me when I was thinking that maybe the bass scene had dried up a bit for me. It conjures up a similar starting point of, say, Pinch, Peverelist, and Shackleton, but through a sound world which is all Vessel’s own. His new album is amazing too, but very different, again pointing out the restless spirit of Bristol music.

Autechre – “Fold4, Wrap5” [Warp Records]

I could have picked any Autechre track, really. Even if I don’t fully feel one of their songs straightaway, I always end up coming round to them. I’m often about two albums behind them in terms of getting what they trying to do, so I sit with the albums for a while, then at some point, maybe even a few years later, I suddenly find the groove and funk within it, or get the vibe of the melodies they’re creating, even if they seem buried or hard to find on first listens. “Fold4, Wrap5” is one the I always go back to for inspiration, because I love the way it’s like a symmetrical sculpture or something like a Mandelbrot Set, constantly folding in on itself and seeming to perpetually slow down.

MM/KM (Mixed Mup and Kassem Mosse) – “Galagonmixdown” [The Trilogy Tapes]

Again, I was fairly late on the Workshop stuff. I was so deeply into the bass music thing it wasn’t on my radar, but once Boddika told me I should check it out, and then I heard Fred P drop Workshop 12 (forever known as “Enchillada Enchillada” to me) on the monster sound system at Labyrinth Festival, I got hooked in. This EP was very inspiring for both of us, as I think it has this psychedelic playfulness and disregard for any perceived or imposed rules of sequencing/arrangement/ melodic content..but is still completely catchy and keeps the groove and funk intact. It feels very loose and jammed, so I would love to have sat in the studio while they were working on it to see their method.

UR – “Journey Of The Dragons” [Underground Resistance]

These days, it’s almost a cliche or unnecessary to say you’re influenced by Detroit, as it’s rightly pretty much a given if you’re making techno. When I first started working in a record shop, pre-internet, UR were still a mysterious crew surrounded by myths and legends, and all you really had to go on was the records and the inspiring texts on those records. It felt kind of magical and secret. “Journey Of The Dragons” is one that both me and Al have been blown away by many times, astounded by it’s beauty, depth, and that yearning, melancholic, sadness in it.

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Covering Tracks: Shapednoise, Franck Vigroux, D. Carbone, and Ascion

Covering Tracks is a regular series in which we ask our favorite producers and DJs to recommend around 10 new (and not so new) releases. This time around, we tapped four producers  to go back-to-back-to-back-to-back with three picks each: Shapednoise, Franck Vigroux, D. Carbone, and Ascion, who are launching an imprint of REPITCH Recordings called Cosmo Rhythmatic. Vigroux’s inaugural release, Centaure, arrives November 10, and you can sample what’s to come via the video for the title track embedded below.

First up is Shapednoise.

Lukid – “Nine” [Liberation Technologies]

This is track that surprised me in the last month, especially because for me it has become increasingly difficult find a very great track that can make a big impact on the dance floor but at the same time is a non-standard dance floor track. Simply perfect for this purpose.

Merzbow – “Ecobondage (Ending) (Autechre Remix)” [Blast First]

One of Autechre’s essential remixex. A track which includes two of my favorite artists of all time, an amazing combination.

Sleeparchive – “Fifth Station” [REPITCH Recordings]

This one’s extracted from the latest REPITCH release. Here, the minimalist techno master continues to impress with this killer noisy Birmingham-influenced track. It’s something unique that never lets you down, every time you play it.

And now Ascion steps up to the plate.

J.T Stewart – “Krill” [Indische Buurt]

This is quite a peculiar vinyl, as it’s a 10″ cut on a 12″ plate, and sounds best when played played with the pitch at +8. It has a great impact on the dance floor! The crowd just goes crazy and get lost into the intense arpeggio and atmosphere.

Mono Junk – “I’m Okey” [Trope]

Kim Rapatti at his best. Amazing ’90s hard, trippy electro piece.

Plaid – “Host” [Beat/Warp]

Stunning atmospheric acid track. For peak hours.

D. Carbone closes out.

The 65d Mavericks – “Estrangment Of The Past” [Surface]

I don’t need many words to explain this one—just turn your sound system up and listen. I just want say thanks to Nick Dunton for letting Richard Polson live on. This is one of my favorite tracks, and I play almost in every set! R.I.P.

Gaja – “B3” [REPITCH]

When I met Gaja for the first time and heard his works, I asked myself, “Why he doesn’t release these fucking tracks?” I had to go through some pains to push him to release an EP on REPITCH, but guys, Gaja does special techno! This track is a must in my sets, like his others tracks. But this one, whenever and wherever you play it, believe me: you never do wrong. Keep your eyes on Ophism, his forthcoming label.

Angus Tarnawsky – “Pitched (AnD Remix)” [Inner Surface]

I was quite surprised when Dimitri sent over this remix. It was nice to listen AnD in a different form, a bit softer with this particular melody’s arrangement from newcomer Angus Tarnawsky. I like to play it almost at end of my sets to give a bit of happiness after kicking hard for the whole night. If you don’t know Inner Surface Music, keep your eyes on it!

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Covering Tracks: John Osborn

Covering Tracks is a regular series in which we ask our favorite producers and DJs to recommend around 10 new (and not so new) releases. This Friday’s edition stars John Osborn, whose TANSTAAFL PLANETS label is gearing up to release a new EP from Joey Anderson on November 10.

Stephen Brown — “Medusa” [Technorama]

Stephen Brown has been around since the beginning, and his take on techno is always as solid as it comes, but this recent release really shows his diversity. It’s a house beast that seem to propel you forward, and once the synth strings come in, it takes you to that special place. Only people with this amount of experience and understanding of dance music can do this as well as Brown.

Spiritchaser — “Other Side of Blue (Dub Mix)” [Niche]

I remember that, when this came out in 2001, I was mesmerised at how house could be so trancey. Now, it’s over tens years old and I still play it. Tribal trance house for journeys to a utopian future via The Light Fantastic.

Future Sound of London — “Cascade” [Astralwerks]

I grew up on FSOL, so they probably defined my tastes today. I got this first 12″ from the LP and listened to it while tripping balls in my bedroom in Lewisham, South East london. Each time I hear it, it takes me right back to that room in the winter of ’93.

Beaumont Hannant — “Utuba” [Warp]

This was released on the Artificial Intelligence II compilation on Warp. I was tripping balls again, but this time in my mate Paul Spymania’s bedroom in Brixton in 1994. Early visions of the future that still excite me today.

Tusken Raiders — “Tatooine Sunset” [Clear Records]

I got this record in Fat Cat. I remember Alex Knight playing it behind the counter. I rushed up to him and demanded a copy and to be told who it was by. “Shhh, its Mike Paradinas,” he said. I have now almost worn my clear vinyl copy out.

Simple Minds — “Theme For Great Cities” [Virgin]

I had never heard this Simple Minds track until this year at the Labyrinth festival. I played the Saturday night, and on Sunday I was getting loose in the afterglow of my set. Peter Van Hoesen had just played a phenomenal live/DJ hybrid set, and then, as the moon was hanging in the sky behind the teepee that Peter was playing in, he dropped this track. The crowd melted into one collective consciousness and tears of joy rolled down my face. I think this was what you could call “a moment,” and one which I will be forever grateful to Peter for.

Joey Anderson — “You Gave Me Life Again” [TANSTAAFL PLANETS]

Shameless self-promotion here—this is the next release on my TANSTAAFL PLANETS label. It’s not the most “club-orientated” track on the EP, but it’s my favorite. Joey sent in around six tracks to choose from (which was not easy to do), but from the first time I heard this, I knew it had to be put on wax. Out November 10th.

Henrik Schwarz — “Lockstep” [Ostgut Ton]

I am not normally a Henrik Schwarz fan, but this remix he submitted for the MASSE III Remix 12″ on Ostgut is incredible. At first, it may not sound like much, but the rhythms create so much tension and expectation. At the end, it shoots a synth line at you—not for long, but long enough for me to mix out of it and propel the floor another level up.

Fairmont — “Twin Freeks” [New Kanada]

This one was released on an excellent “ambient” compilation on Adam Marshall’s New Kanada label. It’s an ambient chill-out track that reminds of the days when there were ambient chill-out rooms in clubs. Tdoay’s promoters killed these rooms. Back then, the chill out rooms often had the best music that could be heard as you gurned in a bass bin at a location called The Vox in Brixton, London.

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Covering Tracks: Avalon Emerson

Covering Tracks is a regular series in which we ask our favorite producers and DJs to recommend ten new (and not so new) releases. We’re closing out this week with a set of tracks from Avalon Emerson, a Berlin-via-San Francisco transplant whose Let Me Love and Steal EP hit shelves this week via Spring Theory. Each tune she’s picked for us was plucked from a record that she discovered while crate digging in stores across the United States during a tour that she just completed. We’ll let Avalon take it from here.

I can’t say I’m too much of an advance-copy, demo-rinsing DJ. I firmly believe that a lot of the best stuff is tucked away in record stores with no listening stations, under the arm and recommendation of a record store employee, or under everyone’s noses in the dollar bin—far from hype, inflated Discogs prices, and disposable promo pools. Here are a few dope cuts I got from record stores while on tour.

Turntable Terror — “Scream (Bonestrack)” [Mid-Town]
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This sloppy ’91 rave stuff will always have a home in my heart. Plus, it features some of my favorite samples from that era.
Picked up at: K-Starke in Chicago, for free. Kevin told me I could grab two records from the dollar section on the way out.

The Friend — “Bleed” [Local Heat]

This whole 12″ is really unique and beautiful.
Picked up at: Gramaphone Records in Chicago, on a recommendation from Jacob.

Roland Clark — “Simple Things (Joaquin’s Drum Dub Version)” [Sacred Rhythm]
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A masterfully produced and arranged jazz and drum-driven record.
Picked up at: Gramaphone Records in Chicago, on a recommendation from Michael.

TP Traxx (aka Terrence Parker) – “Untitled” [Intangible Records & Soundworks]

FYI, this video is for the A side, and I play the B side, which is much better in my opinion.
Picked up at: Recordland in Calgary, Candada

Da Posse — “In The Heat of the Night (Jimpster’s Stretchedit)” [Freerange Records]

A great light-handed edit for a bit more room to work with in a DJ context.
Picked up at: Vinyl Dreams in San Francisco

Marquis Hawkes — “Peanut” [Clone Jack 4 Daze]

This might just be as good as it gets, as far as European white dudes making old school acid goes.
Picked up at: Vinyl Dreams in San Francisco

Aria Rostami — “Czarat” [Spring Theory]

I love how the bright yellow cardstock interior and embossed artwork complement Aria’s complex instrumentation and arrangement.
Picked up at: Spring Theory HQ in San Francisco

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