November 2008. The future is now. You’re in a French nightclub. It is dark except for flashing lights that animate every movement.
The beats are silvery, relentless — hard like a robot heart in your chest. But wait. Sneaking into the mix is the real, warm heart of Motown sound. Is that Michael Jackson I hear? Stevie Wonder? Imperfect, beautiful human blood starts to pump again.
18 year-old electronic artist Louis La Roche is from the UK, but he loves French house and U.S. soul. This kid has been sitting in his bedroom since he was 14 making beats and choosing samples, and is now getting international attention as one of the top artists in underground French pop.
Louis’s new release The Peach EP is available for free download from his MySpace page.
His main inspiration comes from “Every French House artist, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, DJ Shadow, Mylo, Fatboy Slim, Chemical Brothers, AFX.” Also, Louis says he’s influenced by “Holy Fuck, LCD Soundsystem, Hercules and Love Affair, but at the same time I like people like The Kings of Convenience, Air and Caribou.”
You’d think that someone with all these influences might sound rather like Girl Talk, with multiple samples from many artists in each song. But Louis La Roche keeps it simple, morphing a carefully chosen sample from one or a few songs and manipulating, squashing and releasing the sound and adding beats until it becomes a whole new dance song.
A perfect mix of urban electronic futurism and soulful organic pop, this song “On The Floor” takes remix into the composition realm.
Welcome to the future.
DJ Michele Myers spins Nite Life on KEXP — Friday nights at 9pm. At midnight she’ll play 3 songs from this album and tell the story of this record. Michele also produces KEXP Documentaries — you can hear them here.