Legendary DJ and Boiler Room France curator Teki Latex delves deep into the French bass continuum.
The name Teki Latex is synonymous with the French underground: from being a member of rap group TTC in the late 90’s, to curating Boiler Room France, and co-founding and A&R’ing labels Institubes and Sound Pellegrino. Teki Latex has a definite aesthetic that draws on his rap background and proclivity for bass.
Surpassing what’s expected of most DJ’s Teki has featured on countless vocal collaborations with the likes of Modeselektor, L-Vis 1990, Para One, even being sampled on the chorus to ASAP Rocky’s mega hit “Wild For The Night”. Oh, and he founded the mix steaming channel Overdrive Infinity!
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For years I’ve attempted to reconstruct the genealogy of french club music, some sort of French club continuum if you will, in hopes to inspire a younger generation of french producers to make music that would reflect the uniqueness of their own country’s club styles rather than simply reproduce music that was happening or had already happened somewhere else. This is a peak at what such genealogy would look like.
Le Club – Un fait divers et rien de plus
Funk, boogie, disco, italo were a big thing in the 80s in France and a lot of people from my generation grew up hearing these early attempts at recreating a french, sometimes kitsch, but always sincere version of these dance music styles born in the African American community.
Thomas Bangalter – What to do
Thomas Bangalter is of course half of Daft Punk. This track from 1995 mixes elements of Chicago ghetto-house and breaks, arranged in a nervous, almost hardcore way but distinctly french in my opinion. It is a big french underground classic that i still hear in clubs every weekend.
DJ Gregory – Don’t panic
DJ Gregory is a french house producer from the golden era of the late 90’s. This track and generally DJ Gregory’s work, while coming out years before the emergence of UK funky movement, had a big influence on it. A few years later Gracious K went on to record a vocal version of it known as the infamous UK funky hit “Migraine Skank”.
Feadz – Fizzle
Before coming out on Ed Banger with Uffie, french DJ/Producer Feadz signed 3 legendary EPs on german techno label BPitch Control ran by Ellen Allien. This track is taken from his very first EP. When it came out in 2001 it sounded like nothing i had heard before. Elements of half-time minimal techno, dirty south rap, rave, pre-dubstep wobbles, turntablism all mixed together with a strong MPC feel.
Para One feat. TTC – Musclor
Para One always had the ability to combine catchy melodies and intricate technical avant-garde glitchy drum programmation and textures. This track features my old rap group TTC on the vocals. It’s a drum heavy 140 bpm french rap banger from 2006 borrowing elements from early Grime, Houston rap and G funk.
Zaza Twins – Instru coupé décalé
Logobi was initially a dance accompanied with a musical style born from Coupé Décalé music in Ivory Coast but re-appropriated by the Ivorian youth residing in Paris and its banlieues under a faster, more intense, more electronic incarnation taking cues from popular electro dance styles like Tecktonik or Hardstyle. So basically a high-powered coupé décalé/tecktonik fusion which blossomed in the early 2010s and was unfortunately short-lived but had a profound impact on french urban dance music, notably today’s Afro-trap adjacent styles.
French Fries – Senta (Bambounou remix)
French Fries and his Clek Clek Boom crew were a strong presence in the Parisian club music scene around the early to mid 2010s. They were known to import lots of the UK underground bass styles in Paris by booking artists from labels like Night Slugs or Hessle audio at their parties but also promoting that scene through their radio shows and DJ sets. Although their own music started as a bit of a French pastiche of these styles, they quickly digested these influences and developed a style of their own, as evidenced by this unique Bambounou remix.
Sylvere – That Feeling
A true child of UK Funky via the Clek Clek Boom Era, but also influenced by purely melodic music from Shoegaze to Trance, Sylvere produces his own take on afro-tinged French club music with strong ties to the UK and labels like Sans Absence, Tobago Tracks and Trax Couture.
De Grandi – Steve 3
The Paradoxe Club label out of Paris has been putting out quality release after quality release since a couple of years ago. De Grandi’s music fuses all of the aforementioned french club influences, adding modern techno and broken styles to the mix, which is currently getting him a lot of attention from DJs worldwide. Timedance’s Batu opened his latest Dekmantel set with this track.
Le Dom – Schism
Another one from the Paradoxe Club label/crew: Le Dom’s take on french club styles is a bit more avant-garde and brutalist, influenced by grime and OG Detroit electro such as Dopplereffekt. The heaviness of his textures and the intricacy of his compositions got him noticed by none other than Aphex Twin who regularly plays Le Dom tunes in his sets. Also check out Paradoxe Club’s Sunareht for a more weightless/drumless take on French club build-ups, another Aphex favorite.
You can catch Teki Latex at Boxed on Friday 30th August, alongside Brackles, Gage, Jetsss, Logo,s MJK, Mr. Mitch, Oblig and Slackk. Tickets are available here.