Review: Thanks to a string of fine releases on Telegraph and a penchant for collaborative work, Jean-Guillaume Cabanne has earned himself a high reputation on the electronic underground. Given that it's been 16 years since his first 12" release, this debut album has been a long time coming. It's something of a love letter to the shuffling, glitch-rich minimal house sound that he's so famous for, and features tracks that wouldn't sound out of place on albums by the likes of Herbert (who also shares Cabanne's obsession with jazzy instrumental fills), Akufen and Isolee. Of course, there are variations on the theme - see the heady downtempo grooves of "Dizzy" and fluid warmth of "Pope Korn" - but these only serve to emphasize the quality of Cabanne's hypnotic, minimalist grooves.
Review: With just three releases to his credit, Hamid Benmessaoud has already carved out an impressive sound. The title track is a stripped back affair, powered by lopsided wayward drums and watery, filtered sounds. "I'd Like to Be" is more in keeping with Minibar's trademark approach, as muffled vocals and dubbed out drums are woven over a jerky rhythm. Finally, "Libra" sees Hamid go farther off the radar. Fuelled by jazzy licks and subtle metallic percussion, it has touches of old Swayzak - the synths have the same melancholic air - and the edgy experimental feeling of classic Perlon. That he manages to unite these two elements is to Hamid's credit.
Review: K.O.D (King Of Delays) is the new collaborative project of Parisian microhouse heroes Cabanne (Minibar label head) and Aeternum Records boss man Lowris. First, we have "Workin' Out" which is a deep and hypnotic affair that is suited to the warm up or afterhours alike, with its rolling bass tones and intricately immaculate rhythm programming doing all the work perfectly over it's eight-minute duration. You'd wish it would never end! "Surput" is a much more tripped out and quirky affair that captures all the trademarks of the duo's respective sounds. A collage of glitchy samples and sound design is backed by a smooth deep house groove; chugging along steadily but not concerned with peaks yet setting the mood for effective trance induction of the most pleasant kind.
Review: French microhouse maestro Lowris is back on Parisian imprint Minibar, and brings his idiosyncratic sound to the afterhours snack cooler - and it's a perfect fit really. The Aeternum Music chief goes deep into the morning hours and gets properly glitched up and quirked-out on the the hypnotic minimalism of "Chestclick", which also receives a brilliant rework by underrated German veteran Peter F. Speiss who has recently returned to the scene after a long hiatus - respect! Second original offering "1313 With Adil Hiani" is an extended cut which makes a perfect DJ tool. This rolling and mesmerising journey reaches near psychedelic moments with its lean and subtle aesthetic.
Review: A quick and largely fruitless Internet search suggests that Beat 2 CV marks the debut of Makelidey, a studio collaboration between Jonas Sella and Mos Sandro Ceyte Eisley. So what have they conjured up? Well, opener "Jaipascaley" is deliciously muddy, skewed and bass-heavy, sitting somewhere between creepy Parisian tech-house, Lobster Theremin style breakbeat-house fare and drowsy, late night deep house. "Beat 2CV" takes a similarly swinging, tech-tinged approach but also includes bubbly bass and some impeccably jazzy electric piano flourishes, while Pit Spector's rework of the same track offers filthier bass, dustier chords and some serious UK-garage swing amongst the tech-house tropes.
Review: French microhouse connaisseurs Minibar are back and bringing in 2018 with a bang! Label boss Cabanne teams up with good buddy David Gluck (aka Spasm) for the first time since 2011's Bled Runner EP. You can sure bet there are generous servings of reductionist mini-funk on their latest outing here: from the woozy and and bass driven groove of "Joe Zefinbreaker" that's perfect tackle for the afterhours set at local institution Concrete, while second offering "Coupe Des Vices" similarly employs a less is more method, with infectiously clipped drum programming beneath hypnotic pad textures