Despite being an obsessive record collector for most his life; a globetrotting DJ who's toured the world dozens of times over; a go-to remixer for numerous labels, both high profile and fledgling (DFA, Mute, Permanent Vacation, Warp, Defected); co-owner of several imprints, LPH itself being one of them; and producer behind a handful of house and disco tunes that started trickling out in the mid-aughts, Jacques Renault has managed to never release a true, honest to god EP comprised of originals. That's about to change with Out of Sync, a four- tracker that exemplifies all Renault is, has been, and aspires to become —and that serves as a lead-up to his debut full-length, which will hit shelves next year.
Sync starts with a chunky house jam (“I Like It”) built upon loose, gritty drums, a characteristic central to essentially every cut Renault has churned out. The song, co-authored by longtime house auteur Andy Meecham, a.k.a. Emperor Machine, is relatively brief and to-the-point, a forthright ditty that will doubtlessly tear up dancefloors and that acts as a neat intro to what else is contained on this record.
That one's followed by “Akron,” a woozy, ethereal synth-laden house boogie that evokes moments from Renault's past, namely the days of yore when he was actively producing, as Runaway, with his partner, Marcos Cabral.
The flip begins with “Make Up,” a driven thumper that's interwoven with acid-y melodies and an industrial, jagged sharpness. Finally, the record closes with “M.A.N.,” a contemplative cut that shuffles and bumps along, and that manages to feel grounded yet upward-gazing. How appropriate considering the fact that the acronym stands for “music at night,” which could easily be a slogan for most everything Renault does and has a hand in.
The EP ends gently, albeit with a certain spark, an upswing that implies this most definitely is not the last of what Renault has to unleash into the world. Indeed, these first four tracks represent only the beginning.
Published: 9th October 2014