It's been a while since the disco loop was a common production technique - most recently, it was used effectively by minimal house producers like Thomas Melchior. To hear it deployed in this manner again is surprising, with J Grau opting for a fuller, maximalist approach. In real terms, this means that the drummy groove is fuelled by a dense, vocal-sampling loop, making for a DJ-friendly arrangement. The Acido remix doesn't introduce radical changes, apart from the presence of a dank 303, but there is a shift of direction on "Mucho Bajo (Solo)". There, another filtered loop prevails, accompanied by surging techno chords, like a lean, streamlined take on the 'party' sound of the late 90s.
Plaisir De France is a French production duo consisting of Boris Herve and Julien Barthe, and together they've made some pretty spectacular house and electro over the years. Since 2000, these guys have appeared on the Pro-Zak Trax label, their household, with sporadic EPs and wonderfully executed tunes. More recently, they've parked their electro edge, and have gone for a more traditional yet still interesting approach to house. "Americaine" gets eight makeovers here: there's a sexy and seductive '2002 mix', and the more electro-leaning 'Footloose 2002 mix', but among these our favourites have to be slower, more broken 'Croosty Pop 2002 mix', and the heavy house licks of the 'After L'Amour 2016 remix'. A fully-loaded, heavy-swung EP. Killer.