Guillaume has a long and varied musical past, dabbling in everything from house to techno and jazz in various corners of the world. Now he presents an album by his one-band band (The Couto Dumonts). It's an accomplished affair with some ten tracks of forward thinking modern electronic music. Things kicks off with the propulsive electro-house of "Time Outta Joint". Elsewhere we encounter trippy tropicala on "Cascading Thoughts", dark funk on "Last Call", the slo-mo trip-hop of "Twice Around The Sun" and even optimistic, saxy-disco-house on "Constellation".
Guillaume & the Coutu Dumonts has constantly challenged people?s perception of dance music throughout a career that has seen him develop one of the most distinctive styles in contemporary house music. His sound has encompassed a deep, powerful and original fusion of afro and Latin percussion, instrumental melodies, soulful vocals, and intricate rhythm programming. His second artist album, which is released into an even more fragmented scene than his first effort, sees the Montreal native moving even further beyond the conventional definitions of house and techno.
Breaking the Fourth Wall meanders effortlessly between deep house, minimal techno and acid jazz. Inspirited less by laptops and drum machines and more by traditional Afro and Latin percussion, the album consists of almost entirely live instrumentation. Aided by a host of players, the album features several collaborations which includes Circus Company chums dOP and Dave Aju, who injects a Chicago feel into the project. Forward progressing percussive cuts such as "Can?t Have Everything" and "Mindtrap" sit alongside Pink Floyd-esque reflective pieces like "Intermède" and "Discothèque" that play out with guitar solos and horns whilst house tracks such as "Walking the Pattern" and slow burning afro-grooves such as "Radio Novela" slot into the album where they please. Their disjointed arrangement makes the tracks much more suited to listening to the album as a whole rather than picking out single tracks, another testament to the musicality held within it.
Striking a perfect accord with the eclecticism of Circus Company, Breaking the Fourth Wall is not only a wholly satisfying experience from start to finish, but will also cement Guillaume & the Coutu Dumonts' place in the worlds of house, jazz, minimal and everything in between.
Most commonly found dwelling in his spiritual home of Circus Company, French-Canadian artist Guillaume Coutu Dumont now sidles over to Freerange Records with a three-pronged salvo of bubbling grooves for those who like their house jams funky as hell. "You Lost It" uses a dynamic set of percussion at its core, and then proceeds to take its time in unfurling woozy organ lines around the drums for a perfectly simmering cut. "Doughnut Jam (Who Took It Out?)" has a snappier edge with its peppy tempo and anthemic chord lines, before "Sutra" cools proceedings down into a thoroughly deep concoction that spreads itself out over eleven minutes of mystical house enchantment.
Guillaume Coutu Dumont returns! The Quebecois minimal maestro serves up his first release in three years since his Revolution In The Cycles EP for London's Freerange Records. Entitled Shouts Moans & Significance, it comes courtesy of revered local imprint Musique Risque - which is equally as retrained on the release front, with this one following up a killer 2016 release by German producer Jichael Mackson. Opening with the deeply hypnotic affair "Histoires Vraies" with its mesmerizing bell melodies reminiscent of recent work by Thomas Melchior or DeWalta - coincidentally Coutu Dumont has previously released on the latter's Meander imprint. His rich background in electro-acoustic and avant garde music is evident up next on the oddball groove of "Far Is The Field" while "Whatever's Inside" is trippy and low-slung minimal house for the afterhours - something you'd imagine label boss Vincent Lemieux playing up at Panorama Bar on a Saturday morning.