Parisian DJs/producers Get A Room! proudly present their debut EP ‘Inbetween’, set for release on February 2nd 2015 via Partyfine, the label founded by Pierre-Alexandre Busson, better known as fellow French producer Yuksek.
Although this is their first EP, Get A Room! – the moniker of Aurelien Haas and Jeff Lasson – are certainly no novices to the Parisian music scene. They have been active for years: digging through crates to find and edit hidden gems before reintroducing them to the movers and shakers of the French capital through concept store Colette and their own imprint Small Time Cuts.
The duo are already celebrated for their remixes, which have been released through some of the best electro labels around including Kill The DJ, DFA, Ed Banger, Tigersushi, Labelle, and Meant. Their sleek sound is also the toast of fashion labels: they can often be found behind the decks at Paris Fashion Week and are responsible for the sound design of both Melinda Gloss and Paul & Joe fashion shows.
This debut effort showcases the quality production of the pair and their willingness to explore a variety of genres and tempos. EP opener, lead track ‘Agony & Pain’, is a peak time number that skillfully combines disco basslines with dubby analogue fx to create a versatile dancefloor winner. The original is accompanied by a remix from experimental producer The Emperor Machine, who has previously turned his hand to remixes of giants like Moby, Daft Punk and Royksopp. With his edit of ‘Agony & Pain’ he creates a strong hook with chopped up vocals and trademark synth arpeggios for a decidedly 90s spin.
A more downtempo affair, ‘Leave This Town’, which featured on Partyfine’s anniversary compilation ‘Partyfine,Vol. 1’, showcases what the band terms a ‘slo mo chugger’. It features Maik from the Parisian trio Tristesse Contemporaine (Geisha Boy) and Mattias Mimoun from Apollo. Remix treatment comes from Remain, whose hypnotic take moves the original in a far darker direction, as well as from the Get A Room! boys themselves, who neatly round off the EP with their smoky dub edit.
The Partyfine label itself has gained notable respect from its peers since its inception in 2013, with Jeremy Abbott of Mixmag praising the imprint as ‘a label as exciting as its manager’, and Annie Nightingale citing Yuksek’s releases as quickly making Partyfine ‘a trusted tastemaker in music.’
Yuksek’s impeccable taste is evident again on this release as his label goes from strength to strength. Get A Room!’s abundance of class and flair, already showcased in their Boiler Room set from 2014 – where they brought French and classic house together in an exclusive mix – looks set to bring the scene to its knees in 2015.
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.