Review: Ever turn up to a slightly strange but inviting house party to find a DJ playing a list of your favourite tracks - although you have no idea where they're from? It's label like Minimatic that keep the party going for another decade. Where electro-swing goes for sped up ballroom and big band jazz, Minimatic's approach to genre reformation takes the likes of UK pop (Oasis and "Owner of A Lonely Heart"), US hip hop ,(Eminem, Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga) to slices of R&B via Ed Sheeran and dresses them up latin rhythms of baile and urban funk, adding touches of turntablism, jazzy horns and keys to lowriding grooves.
Review: French nu-jazz and electro-swing veteran Pascal Houpert, better known as Minimatic, returns to the Tour Eiffel label with this five-track EP. 'Doo Ding' comes on like electro-swing via Ninja Tune, the rap-vocalled 'Jump Down Flute' will please the backpackers and b-boys, 'Cinammon Song' is a more sedate affair that'd slot neatly into Balearic/downtempo sets, 'The Whistler' is a lively lil' workout for the jazz-dancers, and 'Rue De Siam' plays us out on a mournful, torch-y note. Throughout, Houpert's liberal use of loops and scratches injects a more contemporary danceloor energy that saves these tracks from being mere pastiche.
Review: Though known mostly for jazz- and swing-infused grooves, French producer Minimatic takes a detour into hip-hop pastures here, albeit there are also noticeable bossa/lounge influences in play. 'That Golden Bossa Hop' brings to mind the output of Bristol crew The Allergies, 'Drop It Like It's Hot' reworks the Snoop Dogg classic of the same name in a Latin jazz stylee, 'Cognac Wanksta' is a laidback, blunted affair, 'De La Bossa' recalls vintage Galliano from the early 90s, and bonus cut 'Ladi Dadi Doo' has a rawer, demo-like feel. If you love both golden age hip-hop and jazz, you'll dig this EP for sure.
Review: French electro-swing act act Houpert aka Minimatic is back on Tour Effifel - home to his bootlegs and remixes of psychedelic, healing, funk and and easy listening. We have a good felling that you will really dig his new Fin De Siecle EP . From the low slung groove of "Skankin' Jive", "Joe's Break" with its nu-swing breaks and the chilled-out and dreamy beats of "Trapeze" - electro really is the new swing!
Review: French act Minimatic have developed a reputation for drumming up jazz-flecked loungey covers of a wide variety of pop songs. Here the tagline 'all my friends are remixers' hints at what's in store - a collection of the finest DJ reworks of Minimatic's reworks with 17 to choose from. Highlights include the accelerated party breaks of Rory Hoy's version of Indeep's "Last Night A DJ Saved My Life", Peaches' "Shake Yer Dix" gets a Pizzicato Five-style retro '60s makeover courtesy of Skeewiff and the croony "Contre Vous", which is turned into a sleazy punk workout by Prosper and Rory Hoy.
Review: What with the robots' recent Grammy wins, "Get Lucky" continues to rule and inspire from here to Timbuktu. Now cheeky Frenchmen Minimatic applies the tune to another big musical force right now: electro-swing. In fairness though, "Get Swingy" largely eschews the electro in favour of a more rootsy and authentically jazzy romp through last summer's indestructible anthem. If you're looking for something less obvious try the slammin' soulful house of "Gonna Swing You" or even better, their breaky spaced out cover of Ram Jam's Black Betty.
Review: We know you're not the kind of person who lets just anybody into your soul, but after one listen to Minimatic's new EP, we're pretty sure you'll make an exception for this charmer. "Let's Get Into Your Soul" sees the Parisian DJ splice a cheeky Marvin Gaye vocal with some infectious bossoul nova for some seductive results. "In Da Roots Club" recontextualises 50 Cent's killer debut with some laid back roots and "Planet Jerk" wraps things up nicely with some party-startin' vintage funky breaks.
Review: Sacre bleu! Parisian 'electro-organic hop-soul' producer and DJ, Minimatic, is back with a new release. "Supermarket Freaks" is a celebratory mash-up of chunky, funky beats, perky brass and than a little Gallic funk. "Empire Of The (ChaCha) Strikes Back" is more of a laid back hip-hop number with break beats and retro 60s samples and lastly "Easy Is My Name" ends things on a loungey, cinematic high.
Review: Resense are on a roll of late with new releases coming left, right and centre. Here we have more old-meets-new-skool frivolity, with two incendiary dancefloors excursions. Mambo is certainly the order of the day here, with "My Zindi" featuring 1940s-style crooners over a tight shuffling beat. "Regulate Your Aperitif" is insanely catchy, with a cool hip-house rap delivered over a backing that recalls "My Definition Of A Boombastic Jazz Style".