Mid October will see Lyon based imprint Art Feast Records release Rocco’s ‘L.Gee’s Stories’ EP, featuring four original cuts from the French producer.
Rocco has been DJing and releasing his breed o soul infused house over the past two decades, initially cutting his teeth alongside the likes of DJ Deep and Laurent Garnier in the early French scene before being picked up by Ben Watt for Buzzin’ Fly, subsequently being remixed by Âme for the label and releasing further material on Freerange, Real Tone and many other household names in the underground scene. Here we see Rocco joining the roster of Art Feast Records, home to music from the likes of Anaxander, Ortella, and Terrence Parker.
Up first on the record is the ‘Main Mix’ of title track ‘L.Gee’s Stories’ setting the tone with spoken word vocals, classic house rhythms and airy synth work before the ‘Piano Mix’ delves into rave territories, focusing on swinging drums, heady piano melodies and acid tinged bass.
‘It’s Like That’ kicks off the latter on the B side and tips the focus over to a darker aesthetic with murky low-pitched vocal flutters, dubby stab hits and choppy bass stabs before ‘Vénus ou Mars’ closes out the package with cut up disco samples, organic rhythms and pulsating subs.
French heavy weight producer and long time friend of the label, Rocco, is now back on Colourful Recordings! Going back to his techno roots sporting a gritty Lyon sound, A-side Viana, is building around a funky hook and housy beats. B side sees Rocco picking it up a notch with a techno groover Basic Channel esque style. On remix duty, romanian Marcman steps up to deliver an almost toolish remix of Viana thats been hammering the dance floors during the summer. Mastering by Andreas at Schnittstelle.
Those of you who know your house will be very well aware of this man. After 20 years in the scene, and filling stadiums across the world, French maestro Rocco lands in the UK with his latest release. A man who is used to associating with the likes of Laurent Garnier, Carl Cox and Alex Santos, Rocco is blessing Atjazz Record Company by following up his extensive canon of awe-inspiring music and granting us access to his brand new effort: P3 Jazz. Driving beats and heavy atmosphere permeate this release and fans of Rocco will certainly recognise the clever percussion and moody riffs. As we progress deeper into Rocco’s world we find further flecks of brilliance peppered throughout the release, be it 80s-influenced pops of electro-notes or snare hits that drive into your ears and down through your spine to get those hips moving. Then, as Rocco ascends, we find ourselves unexpectedly introduced to some breathier, more disco-infused elements that surprise and delight you with their distinct sounds and melodies. Bring in a brass section and the deal is sealed on Rocco’s latest masterpiece. We don’t stop there though; the release is given the full remix treatment as the Arco. family step into the fray, bringing some jagtime-tinged smooth notes and Brazilian percussive vibes to proceedings. Then we crescendo with a mood that both enervates and uplifts to polish off a complete sonic journey for you lucky listeners to undertake. Enjoy it!
In South Africa, this Frenchman is a firm favourite among the dancers. His productions have received a hammering from SA selectors; Memories has kicked started and closed many a dance party. His creative reputation is matched by his skill in the booth, and the dance-floor is sure to create many a memory.
( taken from pulseradio.net )
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