France has always held a propensity for the more discerning and sophisticated side of electronic music. The most recent wave of producers to emerge from the country is no different in that regard either, with the likes of Wally Stryk’s Hermine Records leading a most exciting charge.
An engineering student by day, Stryk turns into an altogether different beast at night – even more so when he’s behind the production desk. Unsurprisingly then, he’s already lent his talents to a plethora of well-established labels such as Baroque, Escapism Musique and now for the first time, his own Hermine Records imprint.
The “Quiberon” EP is one that showcases the producer’s love for the more minimal and percussive side of the equation, with every track here boasting its own indisputable dance floor charm. The title track is named in homage to the French seaside town of the same name, and just like the village; it’s bursting with its own unique vibrancy. Classy, colourful and cultured…and oh so very French we’re sure you’ll agree.
The bongo-led strands of “Carnac” are next up, with this one relying on a host of eclectic samples and clever percussion aplenty. “Hoedic” is another clever DJ tool that brings matters back to ‘fist-pumping’ territory, before prolific U.S producer Someone Else (AKA Sean O’Neil) culminates the EP with an atmosphere-laden remix of the latter that’s crafted on an even edgier tip.
released October 28, 2014
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