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Laurent Garnier Presents Alaska
Just Muzik
Crosstown Rebels
  • •• Just Muzik
  • •• Stargazing

If there’s one name that causes endless ripples of excitement in dance music it’s the legendary Laurent Garnier, entering his fourth decade in music with a new and rare collection of tracks on the pioneering Crosstown Rebels imprint.

Returning with his side project, ALASKA, with which Garnier released previously as early as 1993 and most recently 8 years ago in 2002, ‘It’s Just Muzik’ is pure dancefloor magic, featuring two cuts of epic craftmanship that we have come to expect and love from Laurent Garnier.

The leading track is a brooding ten minutes monster, apocalyptic from the outset and set off with the recurring vocal, ‘It’s Just Muzik’. True to the statement this is a simple, honest and mind-blowing production. ‘Stargazing’ is its dreamy sister, playing out other worldly atmospheres to truly cosmic effect. The result is a sincere Garnier package, shamelessly larger-than-life and endlessly impressive.

“I made ‘It’s just music” for my live shows as some kind of an answer to the first track of the live show called ‘No Musik’,” explains Laurent, “the reaction was so strong from the crowd that I decided to release it as a single.” He will be touring in the UK at the beginning of March to tie with the release including a date at Salle Pleyel in Paris, the celebrated centre for classical music.

Laurent Garnier has won the hearts of every electronic music fan through his gift of seamlessly blending a multitude of styles of music, piling up many years of memorable performances in every far corner of the world. From producing countless anthems including ‘The Man With The Red Face’, and strings of albums to fronting seminal imprint F-Communications, Laurent has remained at the forefront of the dance music scene for over twenty years.

‘It’s Just Muzik’ is Laurent’s first release with Crosstown Rebels. With many labels clambering to ink a deal, Rebels’ boss Damian Lazarus beat off big competition to sign this EP to the label. He says “I am so delighted to finally call Laurent a Rebel, after years of admiring the master I am delighted to get to work with him on two absolute dancefloor monsters.” The six-year-old label went through a renaissance last year with breath-taking new music from Seth Troxler, differentGear and the award-winning debut artist album from Jamie Jones, as well as being voted one of the labels of the year from Resident Advisor. The new decade promises even more results with artist albums lined up from Glimpse, Deniz Kurtel, the next episode of Get Lost with Dyed Soundorom. The Rebel crew are about to launch the 2010 Rebel Rave World Tour, with 2 months of parties across the US followed by a European leg beginning in April. This partnership between heavyweight legend and experienced leading imprint is sure to spark waves of delight into the depths of the dancefloor.

Published: March 8, 2010