Is there really still a need to introduce Syncrophone? A place every single one of your Paris trip inevitably takes you to if you are a vinyl collector, a music lover, or simply if you walk by Rue des Taillandiers in Paris 11th district and feel attracted by the warm atmosphere you perceive through the window. A record store like the ones back in the days, but also a distribution composed of some of their talented if not legendary French friends and acquaintances, and American all time heroes of House Music and Techno. A store in which you will be taken care of dearly, to satisfy your need of vibrating circular pieces of plastic which you need for your general level of happiness.
We decided to select a few records which can represent pretty well what you are able to find in store all year long.
Week 47 : Lessenorg Selection - Syncrophone
Hiroshi Suzuki - Cat (Half Speed Remastered) / We Release Jazz - 2021
You may have heard this, seen it pop in your youtube suggestions as for it being considered one of the central pieces of 1970's Jazz, but this one comes in with a sonic improvement (or variation) : Half Speed Remastering. The fuck is that really man? Well, sonically it can actually make a lot of sense. Considering Half Speed Remastering will engrave informations taking twice the time to cut a record, you not only may have a time to go to the kitchen to prepare yourself that egg sandwich you have been dying for (unrealistic bad joke as cutting engineers need to stay in the room to perform an incredible amount of tasks while cutting records), but we can imagine the result to be better as the machine takes more time, therefore is more careful doing its job then at normal speed. At least that's my expectation. In reality, you are simply getting, thanks to the technical aspect of this type of Mastering, a wider range of frequency out of your beloved recording. Good news, especially considering the evolution of speakers people have in their homes nowadays.
About Hiroshi Suzuki, you may know or if not probably want to know this gentleman played in Buddy Rich band a few years before moving back to Japan to record this magnificent piece which only became a classic years after its release (there there, if you released a record which hasn't sold so much, here's for your ego to chill and your tears to dry).
Jovonn & DJ Deep – Back In The Dark / Clone Club Series
Just by reading the names on this record you can tell this one is a classic record you should not miss in your collection. Originally released in 2000 on Distance, a place where you may have spotted the likes of Model 500, Kings Of Tomorrow, John Beltran, Chez Damier... or Swedish House Mafia (yes, everybody makes mistakes).
Clone decided to give this piece a reissue treatment 11 years later, leaving behind the "Jovonn Next Moov Talking Shit Rmx" behind, and apparently it worked as we saw a 2021 repress of it with a black central sticker.
Original version presents a heavy weight House Music track as the ones the lads and ladies were doing back in the original glorious days of the beginning of House Music, composed of fairly banging rhythm section, and an MC driving the track with a casual story related to losing yourself on a night of musical exploration at night time.
The story telling acts as the element people can relate to when they speak the language enough to understand the lyrics, but also as a musical instrument for those who can't speak a word of it (French fellows, I got you here).
Dj Zap - You Can Get It (incl. Willberg RMX) / Meta Level
If like me, you have been haunted by this record and horrified by its price on Discogs, this one is a treat. Meta Level raising the sleeves to work on the task of salvation to deliver the world from the harm of buying an excessively expensive record of which none of the pennies you will spend go to the artist himself, so that you too... can get it. A fair job indeed and a label aiming to shine the lights on slightly forgotten pieces or simply to kick the kids making money off artists on Discogs unfairly (you'll choose your own definition).
Originally released in 1996, the re issued record is composed of course of the eponymous track that plays with your mind as it bounces from the A/B parts, but also features and extra Willberg Remix adding extra weight and space.
A record to pay tribute to days in which House Music was flirting with Electro to bring the best of both world, to bring a deeply rooted yet very intense groove to mix up with the mind expansion that this new genre of music was bringing in those days.
Designer Loops - Advanced House For Purists / DBH Records
Another record distributed by DBH (like the previous one), but this time on their own imprint.
Originally released in 1991, this one too deserved its reissue treatment for the generations to come to be able to experience its power and the joy it is to play it out as loud as possible.
Chant For The Underdog starts off the record with almost nothing else but drums. This is all we needed in those days, and actually all that some people had access to. A good sounding original drum machine and a great sampler. Simplicity was ruling the days and this is probably the reason why so much of the music from these days gets now reissued, as this was clearly the best and most effective way to transfer a specific idea or message and create impact.
Alright is designed to take the crowd directly to a mental facility, with the help of an over repeating gimmick and vocal shots. The lovely sound of these slightly distorted drums add on some more steam to the pressure cooker and there is barely any release for it before the track ends, all of that checking all possible boxes applying to a dancefloor killer.
Believe opens up the B-side and is based on a highly addictive deep chord and a legendary vocal heard a million times, but of which the world does not seem to ever have enough of. A wonderful proof of the timeless particularity of the track. An explicit message ordering you to believe in the music that changed the face of humanity in the 90s and keeps doing it flawlessly ever since.
Funky Funky Makossa provides one of the main elements of the sound from these days as musicians were sometimes aiming to reproduce the music which had bounced up and down in their heads in the past, introducing break beats in many of their pieces of music, before ending the record with another of these Rhythm focus tracks : Bullshit On Wax (DL Express)