Discovery : Croquet club

Very little is known about that quite secret french producer. Actually except the real name of the man behind that project – Jeremy Villecourt – and the city he lives in – Paris, nothing is to be found about him online… except for his music. And what music !

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Croquet club is one of the most interesting projects to follow in the current deep house scene. Signed to Anjunadeep (again!), this french audiogenius provided me – and hopefully soon you too – with some of the best tunes I heard in the last years.

Careless love is as simple and magic as it’s cover artwork. Slow paced, it starts with some minimalistic plucks, then builds into a light beat supported by pads and then some delightfully loungy vocals kick in, just before a nice rhodes piano alike sound fills up the soundscape. A lovely soft atmosphere merging the best of the wonderful 70s music and its contemporary avatar. An ideal song for a cozy, yet modern atmosphere.

But Jeremy’s masterpiece – to my ears atleast – is his amazing Only you can tell release, which is one of the greatest tracks I heard in the last years, the kind of music that makes you literally feel like being in paradise. Starting off with some heavily sidechained pads that play throughout the track, a light beat then comes in, a delightfully haunting vocal line and some nice muted guitars that play a kind of arpeggio throughout a track that builds up more and more, breaking once again the boundaries of the genre and setting us free from the chains our daily life put on us. 4 minutes and 31 seconds of pure audiopleasure I’m glad to share with you :

Enjoy that club, folks !

P.S. : I searched and searched the internet for an interview of Croquet Club but found none. If some of you know one, please let me know. And if none is available, Jeremy is always welcome to contact me and we’ll find a way to arrange you that interview that will be made available here 🙂

Discovery : 16 bit lolitas

OK, this discovery isn’t really a discovery – in the term of being a new, emerging talent I might have discovered before anyone else – as they are some of the biggest stars on the well established UK deep house label Anjunadeep. However, as they are still not as famous as Justin Bieber (altough they’re way better than him!), let me introduce that fantastic duo.

Don’t let yourself fooled by their name – those guys are no ‘lolitas’ ! Ariaan Olieroock and Peter Kriek, two Producers / DJ from Amsterdam (The Netherlands), working under the project name 16 bit lolitas, produce some of the finest deep house around, often breaking the boundaries of the genre (which is the trademark of all artists with a strong vision), always trying to take their art a bit further, while remaining accessible to a mainstream audiance.

Among my favorite tracks of that legendary duo are Beat Organ and Premium Emo.

Beat organ is to me what a great deep house release should be : Simple, with a strong idea, and still evolving while building something emotionally strong. In their case, those stabs, most probably done in Sylenth1,  that are introduced at 00:16 of the original mix, with a nice delay effect over it. Nothing fancy you might say, but that’s where the magic of that track is : those two guys managed to make this simple gimmick very strong by all the little elements that come in here and there. Glide pads, little arps, a reverbed bass (again a non conventional approach to that instrument), and a simple beat. In other words, a track that perfectly embodies the expression “simple but efficient”, resulting in a deep house milestone. Congrats, guys !

Premium emo, from the Deep in my soul EP, is my favorite track from that duo, as it features some strong melodies that make this track break even more away from the traditionnal deep house. Actually this track sounds like Coldplay or the Joshua tree era U2 meeting deep house vibes for a perfect feel good sunset track, the kind of music you’ld like to enjoy while being with your girl/boyfriend on the perfect tropical beach, watching the sunset. A track that embodies that simple but ultimate bliss feel such great moments can provide.

Various of melodic lines blending themselves perfectly one into another form that masterpiece which is on top of my feelgood playlist. No wonder I would for sure have been ultra mega giga happy I’ld have come up with something only 1/1000th as good as this.

But more than words, let the music speak for itself :

I hope you’ll enjoy that genius Deep house duo as much as I enjoy them 🙂 !