Internationally renowned DJ and producer Yuksek has called upon some of the most exciting names across the electronic worlds to rework his acclaimed third album ‘Nous Horizon’. Titled ‘Nous Horizon pt.2 / Re-works & edits’ it features established and rising stars like Dimitri From Paris, Jacques Renault, Juveniles, Get a room!, The Mekanism, Synapson + more.
Listen to Dimitri From Paris’ remix
Listen to Jacques Renault’ remix
Yuksek also shares ‘Nous Horizon pt.2 / Re-works & edits’ DJ mix:
‘Nous Horizon’, Yuksek’s third album, came out last February to critical acclaim. It showed a new approach in his vision for electronic and pop writing. His new melodies are brighter than before; his beats and production more subtle but still convey a touch of hedonism in it’s most club-friendly sounds.
Yuksek has lined up an eclectic and surprising line-up for this reworked versions.
The record features remixes from long time friends Juveniles and Getaroom, the disco legend Dimitri From Paris, newcomers on the scene such as Destino and Ccolo ( Multi Culti ), french duet Synapson and techno rising star The Mekanism ( signed on Seth Troxler imprint ) and the coolest guy from brooklyn aka Jacques Renault.
Yuksek himself offers some alternative versions of the songs, live or edit versions making this album a real second chapter, not only a random remix package.
Local Talk is a Swedish label known globally as a trusted source of timeless House music with influences from jazz, funk and soul.
Whether jacking, raw or deep, each release is compiled with care and attention to detail, and one of the things that binds them together is an honesty that doesn’t follow a fashion, hype or gimmicks.
This exceptional new release is third in a series of reworks albums where an artist and close friends of Local Talk are invited to remix, rework, and re-edit their favourite tracks from the label.
Following in the footsteps of seminal artists like HNNY and Kyodai, who compiled the first two in the reworks series, it’s now time for American DJ and producer Jacques Renault to put his stamp on the Local Talk back catalogue.
Based in Brooklyn, NY, Jacques is a globetrotting DJ who also runs the Let’s Play House label. Along with regular releases on his own imprint, Jacques boasts music on other scene leading labels such as Endless Flight, DFA Records, Rekids, Permanent Vacation and Defected.
Jacques has previously never released on Local Talk, but as a close friend of label owners Mad Mats and Tooli, this release has proven the perfect way to induct him into the labels close family of artists.
Jacques was invited by Tooli to play a DJ gig in Sweden and the pair struck an instant rapport. Shortly after the gig Tooli and Mats started Local Talk and Jacques returned the favour inviting them to play at his night in America. Bound by a love of music the group remain close friends and this rework compilation further solidifies the bond the group already share.
Like the reworks compilations that have come previously, this is a chance to grab a selection of Local Talk classics like you have never heard them before. Updated and revitalised, the tracks are ideal for DJ use, but also play as a single piece of music perfect for home listening.
Fans of Jacques Renault know he is a man famed for his reworks and re-edits and if this album is the first time you have heard Jacques you might have just discovered a soon to be favourite producer.
Jacques Renault delivers two rare and fiery original tracks for his second release on esteemed US label Public Release, complete with remixes from Velvet Season & The Hearts Of Gold plus a Force Of Nature remix.
‘Silver Machines’ is Public Release’s eighth pressing and Renault’s second of 2015. The double single comes packaged in a deluxe jacket designed by highly acclaimed visual artist Takeshi Murata (recently featured in the New York Times). It blasts off with the schizophrenic, brain-melting groove of ‘Silver Machines’ that zips through its five minute runtime thanks to the fantastic union of precise, frenetic drums and a rolling funk bass riff. The flip finds Velvet Season & the Hearts of Gold (Gerry Rooney of Black Cock and Joel Martin of Quiet Village) slipping the original a tab of acid and getting weird.
On disc two, ‘Fromage à Trois’ is rooted in industrial percussion that sits below an elastic hook, giving the cold drums a human warmth. Japanese dons of disco Force of Nature take a swing and wrap the package on a high note. Their mix pulls the motorik drums back, to make way for a hypnotic loop that evokes thoughts of OSTs from 80s teen flicks, the sort of stuff Tangerine Dream excelled at for a good while. The song fades out and Mr. Renault’s auspicious return to Public Release ends as abruptly as it began. Let’s hope chapter three takes less than five years to be written.
Silver Machines (Velvet Season & the Hearts of Gold Remix)
Fromage à Trois
Fromage à Trois (Force of Nature Remix)
o+ Jacques Renault has been riding the waves of underground credibility for the past few years, initially renowned for being the master of the edit and releasing music on internationally acclaimed labels DFA, Permanent Vacation, RVNG, and Rekids, he has since become a producer in his own right, using samples as more of an adornment or starting point than a centerpiece.
o+o Tim Sweeney kicked off the Public Release release schedule back in 2009. They have since focused on quality rather than quantity with only eight releases in six years including recent contributions from Woolfy and Mike Simonetti.
Returning to the Southern Fried home, machine loving disco oddball Andy Meecham aka The Emperor Machine is back with a new single from his album, and it comes ahead of a full new EP in 2015. ‘Pop The Lid’ comes with remixes by hotter than hot international talent Jacques Renault, with whom Meecham has also collaborated on a new EP forthcoming on Jacques’ ‘Let’s Play House’ label, and will come in the form of a hand stamped and numbered white label 12″, limited to 300 copies.
The Emperor Machine has been busy off the back of his latest album, Like A Machine, released back in May: he’s continued to play around the world, has remixed Groove Armada’s ‘Look Me In The Eye Sister’ for their Little Black Book album forthcoming on Moda Black and still sounds like no one else when it comes to off kilter and psychedelic disco sounds.
‘Pop The Lid’ is a full fat, hugely colourful nu-disco gem with thick, twanging guitars, proper vocals delivered with lots of style and attitude and louche drums that couldn’t be more inviting. Arp’ed melodies step up though the scale, whirring machines add texture and the whole thing is a masterpiece.
As well as an LP edit, Renault steps up with slightly more pumping, dancefloor aligned versions that are riddled with withering synths, shooting chords and perfectly DIY percussive sounds. He layers the vocal in effects and filters to lend a spacey feel and also turns out a vintage instrumental version.
This is modern disco at its finest and is a nice teaser ahead of some brand new music from the one and only The Emperor Machine. Out on December 8th 2014 on Southern Fried Records.
Wolfram is really one of the hardest-working folks. Hot on the heels of his DFA debut, he is set to release a trio of remixes, one made and two commissioned by the man himself.
Up first is the Club Mix of “Talking To You” – fairly faithful to the original, but with some added cymbals and claps and a little extra thump to the bassline. The vinyl is cut at 45, so make sure your needles are well balanced, this one is LOUD. The flip is shared between two DFA pals and Brooklyn natives – Jacques Renault and Mark Verbos, and Secret Circuit.
Jacques Renault (Let’s Play House, Throne Of Blood, and constant gigs around NYC and the world) and Mark Verbos (a self-proclaimed Analog Synthesizer Aficionado) turn in an acidy remix that explodes the sonic palette of the original. Rounding out the package is a remix by Secret Circuit (Eddie Ruscha Jr., check out his LP from last year on DFA Alumni Tim Sweeney’s Beats In Space label) that starts with a heartbeat and ends somewhere out in the cosmos.
Jacques Renault will release a new 12" featuring remixes from Welsh producer The Organ Grinder and Brooklyn duo No Regular Play on his own Let’s Play House label later this month. Set to drop on February 17, The tree-track effort is led by Renault’s new production, which utilizes a "fidgety synth motif," a "throbbing bass warble," and "guttural vocal samples" across its seven-minute run. Out on February 17. Preview all three tracks above.