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If you’re in London on the 22nd (with cash to burn) then make sure you head down to London Bridge for the Tectonic event at the Arches. The main room houses the expected crew (label boss Pinch, 2562, Distance, Peverelist) BUT the second room is of particular interest due to its less classic(?) dubstep nature and line up consisting of personal sideways hip-hop favorites Bullion and Paul White (of One Handed Music) with Wolverhampton UK bass channeler Alexander Nut. The real pull for me however is an appearance from Débruit who, along with fellow Frenchman Fulgeance has quietly dropped some of the most virile dancefloor music of the last year on the similarly gallic Musique Large.

MPC 2000

MPC 2000

Both worship at the feet of the enduring Akai MPC hardware sampler, an imposing grey box with massive rubber buttons that has been slowly lifted to god-like status by the hip-hop scene, most recently by its new-wave pioneers J Dilla, Madlib and MF Doom. The highly physical and spontaneous nature of composing on one of these lends itself to simple, organic music – rough around the edges but better for it. Screw quantising, forget the intricate digital editing. This is music by people, for people. To dance to, remember?

Débruit

Débruit

wwwwwwww…. wwwwwwwww…. wonky. Note the lower case guys, this is just one of the best adjectives for Débruit. Bumping kwaito rhythms and some nu-jazz undercurrents with big ol’ analogue bass. If Dorian Concept spends the next few years in the club rather than practising his keyboard skills he might come up with something as heavy as ‘Congo Whoomp‘, a track so effortlessly effective you can’t believe nobody thought of it before. There’s a little flavour of the Switch / Sinden B-more house sound but that’s just the sound of people dancing.

Fulgeance

Fulgeance

Fulgeance is more about the loops. Rumbling electro-hop pendulums swing between BLOCK-party chants like Afrika Bambaataa returning from the future AGAIN and re-teaching us how to have a good time. The Low Club EP says it better than I ever could with a Dorian Concept remix thrown in for good measure, watch out also for the forthcoming ‘Smartbanging’ on One Handed.

Oh, and here’s a mix he did for Mac Fly:

Right-click here to download.

01.bogdan raczynski – muzyka dla imigrantow / rephlex
02.tranqill – payroll (fulgeance rmx) / one-handed music
03.fulgeance – glamoure / musique large
04.architeq – birds of prey (fulgeance rmx) / tirk
05.débruit – pouls / musique large
06.fulgeance – lonely night / one-handed music
07.bullion – long promised / one-handed music
08.architeq – sleeping bear (take rmx) / tirk
09.robot koch vs cerebral vortex (flako instrmntl rmx) / up my alley
10.computer jay – distance / ramp recrdings
11.theophilius london (prod by machine drum) live @ black apple – new york city
12.lo – 2brothers / cdr
13.illa j _ r u listennin feat guilty simpson / delicous vinyl
14.stan getz – jazz samba encore / verve
15.letherette – in july focus rite / cdr
16.clark – ted (bibio rmx) / warp
17.fulgeance – sour socca / one-handed music
18.back to the future interlude (french version)
19.souleance – le plaisir / first word
20.the matthew herbert big band – the story (demo version) / k7

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