Hear French techno heavyweight Electric Rescue do his heavy thing in a killer live set for the latest Clash DJ mix, recorded in a tiny club in his home country.
It’s fair to say that Electric Rescue (aka Antoine Husson) is one of France’s leading techno exponents, having been discovered by the country’s techno kingpin, Laurent Garnier. Husson has been releasing his melodic, stomping take on classic dancefloor sounds since the early 2000s and has subsequently racked up releases on esteemed underground electronic voices such as Soma, Cocoon, Boyznoize Records, Traum and John Digweed’s Bedrock, who released his debut full-length album, ‘Sonic Architecture’, earlier this year.
For his Clash mix, Antoine chose to record a storming set he played at La Poudrière, a small club in Belfort, north-east France. As you’d expect, it’s a full-on affair but one that’s firmly geared towards the dancefloor, taking in plenty of deep, heads-down moments, before moving into more melodic, spacey club sounds, but never letting things get too restrained. Featured artists include Chicago innovator DJ Hyperactive, experimental producer Phil Kieran, techno such as Jonas Kopp and Mark Broom, and there’s even a remix of Radiohead’s ‘Idiothèque’ by Italian producer Joseph Capriati.
Here’s Antoine to explain more about the mix:
“I always record my sets in parties because mixing in the studio is not really interesting for the people. To record the live set is more the truth – you will listen from the dancefloor. You can really appreciate the dancefloor energy. This recording was from a small club of 300 people with a huge techno energy. I could do strong, mental techno as well as more melodic, deep stuff, creating a variation. I prefer to tell a story, make people travel for hours and propose many different landscapes to them.
“I love to mix really underground and exclusive tracks, but also sometimes give a hit to the people, like a present to thank them, such as Len Faki’s remix of DJ Hyperactive’s ‘Wide Open’ for example. People like to have some landmarks, and I’m not mixing only for me but also for them. Of course, sometimes, we have to disturb them, to propose strange things, original things to make them discover new techno ways. But we have to make a combination of both, pleasure and discovery.”
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1. Electric Rescue - No Garanty [Soma Records]
2. Jonas Kopp - Reject [Curle Recordings]
3. Psyk - First Trail [Figure]
4. Traumer - Tension [Skryptom Records]
5. DJ Hyperactive - Wide Open (Len Faki DJ Edit) [Figure]
6. Traumer - Oscla [Skryptom Records]
7. Paul Ritch - Nordbahnof (Rythmic Loop) [Resopal]
8. Radiohead - Idiothèque (Joseph Capriati Remix) [Unreleased]
9. Len Faki - Odyssee II [Podium]
10. Pierre Delort And Remy Maurin - Tease Me [Skryptom Records]
11. Mark Broom - Satellite [Beard Man]
12. Phil Kieran - Church Organ Nightmare [Phil Kieran Recordings]
13. Dusty Kid & Marascia - Attre [Boxer Recordings]
14. Electric Rescue - Lili [Bedrock Records]
‘Sonic Architecture’ is out now on Bedrock Records.
Words by Tristan Parker
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