Saturday, August 26, 2006

4 is for minimal before Minimal

Pepe Bradock is unquestionably one of the most talented French electronic music producers ever! Really! The man has somehow managed to retain his deeply underground production values by vigorously pursuing an original hypnotic cut up style, using precision sampled funk, jazz and disco interlaced with mesmerizing beats and keys. Ofcourse his big hit is 'Burning' which employs a Pat Metheny sample (as far as I know), to devastating effect, today's track '4' goes a very similar sort of way repeating its undulating minimal keys and dense atmosphere with scientist like finesse. It was released in 2003 on his own Atavisme label, but got a repress this year, so I know I am not the only one who thinks it's timeless. His latest remix of Iz & Diz' 'Love Vibe' is another masterful remix which teases u into believing its going to bust open into a massive dancefloor jam, but never quiet does, even though it keeps your attention the whole way through and buzzes with far out depth, it can be found on the very excellent Aesoteric label. One of my favorites is his quirky remixes of Candi Staton's "Do your Duty' and 'Evidence' on Honest Jon. His only album 'Synthese' on Kif is an absolutely essential piece of work and I promise to pop up something off there in the next few days. I live in hope for a new album.

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