Parisian scene stalwart Roger delivers two floor-friendly jams
A staple of Paris’s underground scene, Franck Roger has established himself as one of France’s finest musical exports over the past decade, and this quality two-track release is a great example of his work.
The opener is titled Mogoldino and starts off with a fast-paced drum loop, which is soon joined by funky guitar licks, keyboard stabs and a simple but effective bass lick that together give it a disco-tinged feel. It's all about the groove, and this one locks you in early on and then develops around you, with choppy electric guitars and more keyboard sounds being added, as well as heavily vocodered sounds that may even be an actual vocal line, but it's only there for its rhythmic effect so it doesn't really matter either way! The second cut, San Diego, is slower-paced but still has a hypnotic feel. It starts with a heavily filtered percussion line which is added to with swirling synths and a nice punchy bassline that's bedded well into the mix. There are two different vocal chops that work well together, and a breakdown later in the track. The whole production feels well polished, with the sounds all complementing each other nicely.
The sound is rich and enveloping on both cuts, but this is a release that is definitely designed for dancefloors. My favourite is San Diego but I’ll no doubt end up playing both, as they're both fine tunes.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 22 February
Review Score: 8