Parisian party starter and producer Emma DJ solidifies his space on Brice Coudert’s Concrete offshoot with his third full-length cassette in less than a year. It’s now clear that this French promoter turned producer has been stacking tunes for some time. The Emma DJ catalog has gone from empty to vet status, packing an intricate blend of otherworldy tribal that can’t be glossed over in a diluted dance market.
Lavibe, the label, has also experienced a similarly meteoric rise. Self-described as ‘adventurous and futuristic club music’ the imprint has a handful of essentials since launching last year. Coudert uses years of experience curating the dancefloor to bring modern industrial sounds while paying homage to tribal and IDM roots. Clocking his third release on the label, Emma DJ has become the cassette side the outlet alternating among 12″ EPs from innovative names such as Simo Cell and Bambounou.
A testament to Emma DJ’s hype are mix in recent sets for Dekmantel, Boiler Room’s Hard Dance series, and L.I.E.S. Podcast (ahead of upcoming release on the label). Under his own local party, Fusion mes Couilles, these sounds were certainly tested on the floor while refining the Emma DJ sound. Now connecting the dots between classic IDM and uptempo BPMs of hard dance; this catalog seems to have come out of nowhere but is likely years in the making.
.lavibe ‘Bush Days’ kicks things off with glitchy obscurities and tension building atmospherics which are constant feature throughout the album. ‘Montserrat Hospitalities’ displays distorted, rhythmic drums floating underneath elastic synth waves before ‘Fingers on the Field’ deploys chugging percussion, gloomy oscillations and airy pads. Choppy grooves fused with warm vibrations and alluring ambience take the focus in ‘Bidon’ and ‘Surf Dogs’ which interprets beat science with revolutionary techniques. Evocative chords and arpeggiated modulations lead the way for ‘Moonrise Cépage’ whilst ‘Harmonica Steel’ offers up dreamy tones, fluttering rhythms and subdued melodies throughout.
‘Riding Moby Brisbi’ throws down syncopated, drum sequences, leftfield experimentalism and ominous sonics before moving into ‘Zoos Chord’ featuring alleviating leads and heavenly 303s creating calming moods. ‘Miguel Destroy’ is a frantic, electro-styled number with robotic resonations and powerful undertones with industrial feels. ‘Losers I’ve Lost’ then gracefully rounds off this wonderfully chaotic voyage with hypnotic pads, harsh pulsations and detuned notes.