Tommy Jacob - "11.11" (feat Yellam) - (4:02) 81 BPM
Pyramid - "W.I.Y.M" - (3:49) 94 BPM
Review: Two years on from the release of Roche Musique's rock solid Wave collection, the French label has finally got round to compiling a follow-up. There's naturally plenty to set the pulse racing throughout the surprisingly eclectic, 16-track selection, which effortlessly flits between boogie-influenced slo-mo synth pop (Dabeull and Jordan Lee, Dune & Twenty9), hip-hop inspired downtempo beats (Crayon and Cartell, Cezaire and Catruchat), drowsy Balearic beats (Plage 84's sublime "Paris 5AM"), melodious nu-disco/deep house fusion (Zimmer), strobe-lit new wave pop (Dabeull), sensual soul jams (Tommy Jacob), sun-kiised horizontal disco (Pyramid) and fluid, piano-driven ambience (FKJ). Happily, the quality of the showcased tracks more than lives up to the daring feel of the label's open-minded approach.
Lost In The Moment (feat Wayne Snow) - (4:24) 58 BPM
Bright Side - (4:32) 71 BPM
Review: Terence N'Guyen, otherwise known as Darius around the downtempo circles, lands back on Paris' Roche Musique with his debut album, Utopia, which seems particularly adept at taking the listener into a strange and compelling world of sounds. Through a mixture of bass-heavy, r&b electronica (check "Echo" or "Carbon Dream"), glitchy, post-modern beats (see "So Far So Good"), and rhythmic ambient bliss (via "New Age"), Darius has created something nee and rich with life; we would dare to compare to it to peeps like James Blake, but we know how you all get when we're too suggestive. So, in short, this is a wonderfully paced and balanced electronic score with something particularly reflective of the new world we're now a part of. Wonderfull stuff.