Review: Since debuting with an EP of Detroit revivalism on ClekClekBoom a couple of years back, Parisian DJ/producer Aleqs Notal has been touted as one to watch. Ascending Nodes is his first release of 2017, and switches from Detroit techno to melodious deep house. "Echoes" is a sublime piece of electronic machine soul, with cascading melody lines, fluttering synth solos and rich chords riding a smooth but skittish groove. It feels a little like a cross between Nu Guinea and Rick Wade, which is no bad thing. Carry on for the bongo-driven deep house dreaminess of "This Way", and the Larry Heard meets Ron Trent bliss of "Unhidden Blues". Notal is clearly a talented producer, but this EP proves that he also has the musicianship to match.
French Fries & Bambounou - "Mizu Ni Idou Suru" - (5:21) 122 BPM
Aleqs Notal - "Ceos Vision" - (7:09) 121 BPM
Coni - "Ceremony" - (6:13) 120 BPM
Jean Nipon - "Onibaba" - (5:55) 119 BPM
NSDOS - "Creteil Soleil" - (5:32) 117 BPM
Aethority - "Vertigo" - (7:57) 123 BPM
Manare - "Inorganic" - (7:47) 124 BPM
Review: The CCB crew remain a leading light in French club music that's not just straight-laced Jeff Mills inspired techno. Familiar faces are here of course, and French Fries & Bambounou hook up for a beat down but rather mellow opener. Aleqs Notal keeps the dubby tip alive with a tracking "Ceos Vision" and label darling Coni delivers downtempo, lurking, "Ceremony". Less familiar names include Manare who close out the record with reduced session of drums, and the most lively track here comes from former Institubes artist Jean Nippon. There's more to be discovered here from NSDOS and Aethority too, and this record overall is on a killer minimal tip. Less is more!
Review: Last year saw French label ClekClekBoom cement its burgeoning reputation with a compilation showcasing the local talent it had been championing since starting up in 2011, including such luminaries in wild-card bass music as French Fries and The Town. There has been a swarm of left-leaning club bangers issued out since the first volume of Paris Club Music, and so it doesn't feel rushed to be welcoming the second volume with a stack of choice cuts from the past twelve months. There's a strong unified vibe to ClekClekBoom, from the tight but slippery electro of Manare to the off-kilter techno of NSDOS, while 50Weapons staple Bambounou sounds right at home with his primal and utterly head-spinning "Idem".