ALVA are Raphael & Alexandre: a young deep house duo based in Paris who appear here for local imprint Pont Neuf. Right here are some well executed perspectives on classic styled sounds. Fittingly titled French Kicks, this EP is their second for the label and follows up the impressive grooves on the Mental Scopes EP from last year. The gutsy yet smooth charm of "Cecile Du Flow" will appeal to fans of local heroes such as DJ Steaw, Flabaire or Lazare Hoche with its evocative chords, sexy Rhodes and swing fuelled rhythms. Equally adequate for early evening mood lighting is the neon-lit pump of "Pont 909" until we are treated to two dubby and hypnotic jams were the duo really hit their stride. "Harry Poppers" with its spellbinding chord progression and the very Swiss sounding "Drumsteak" calling to the mid-noughties throwback sounds of Agnes, Quarion or Baaz.
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