AOC stands for Appellation d'Origine Controlee. It's a Parisian affair that serves up its sophomore release here - and you can count us in as early fans. That 'French Touch' is evident throughout Bellaire's new Framework release, which follows up his impressive Paris Jazz City EP. Be assured that the the Lille based producer is pretty keen to bang the party on these uplifting house jams: from the very Kerri Chandler influenced "Respect", to the soulful and downright swingin' piano house of "Ah" that would make even local crews like Robsoul or Ondule stand up and notice. Not to mention the emotive late night deepness of "Spiritual Thang" which features one very familiar vocal hook from an undisputed classic that you're sure to love.
If you're a fan of St Germain's peerless debut album Boulevard - quite simply the greatest collection of deep and jazzy house tracks of all time - then we'd advise you to check out this EP from 19 year-old French producer Bellaire. While the jaunty title track is closer in tone to both "Rose Rouge" and Mr Scruff's "Get a Move On", it still includes some impeccable piano and vibraphone solos amongst the bouncy beats and looped jazz horn samples. The pianos return to the fore on turn of the '90s New Jersey garage tribute "Jazzy Things", while the loopier "Street Blues" fuses the Boulevard-ethos with the breezy bumpiness of classic Frankie Knuckles productions. "Get Down", a thumping chunk of jazz-fired disco-house, is also top-notch.