French minimal house legend Ark is back on local institution Telegraph: who were considered pretty seminal for their releases during the mid noughties minimal boom. However, this is surprisingly the first release he's ever had on the Logistic affiliated label. Real name Guillaume Berroyer, he has released everywhere from Perlon and Circus Company to Karat, Versatile and of course his own Ark Rec. Starting with the emotive deep house of "Caleche" which features some nifty beat repeat action, we then get into some hypnotic minimal courtesy of "Way To Heaven". There's some after hours style jams like on "Gerard Juno" which you could imagine hearing at Concrete on Sunday morning, while the LFD remix of "Caleche" takes the track into bleepy hi-fidelity microhouse territory like homeboys Cabanne or Lowris.
For some oddball disco with an '80s soundtrack vibe don't overlook the strung out funk of DJ Ringardos' version to Queen Zaza's "Pense Qu'Elle Danse", a highlight from the Versatile various artist EP. There's also Jean-Marc Misere's discoco edit of Raymonde Et Les Moutards' "Y'En A Marre!" which sounds like a cross between original New York Electro (think Man Parrish) and the contemporary French pop group Yelle, while Gilbert Cohen & Vidal Benjamin get deeper and chic on their Italo-styled edit to "I Love Video" by New Paradise - something you can imagine lighting up the dance floors of Rimini. Lastly there's the funkified bass rhythms and theremin sounds of the ALT edit to "Amnesie" by Ark. Edits don't get much better than this.
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