Fledgling French label Frappé serve up a V/A five-tracker
Something of a thème Francais to tonight's reviews line-up as, after taking a look at THEOS's new EP, we turn our attention to this five-track EP, a V/A affair that's only the fourth release from French label Frappé Records.
All of Frappé's three previous releases have been V/A offerings, but this one bucks the trend just a little in that the opener comes from Northern Irish producer Mark Blair, the first time a non-French artist has appeared on the label. His Tropicana is a New Jersey garage lover's delight with its classic organ sounds and très familiar "got me burnin' [up]" vocal snip, before the reins are handed over to Nice-based Naux, who brings us instrumental deep houser Kristofer.
Next up to the plate are Parisian duo Groove Boys Project, whose Groove Box takes us down a mellower, jazzier path than the first two cuts, before the EP's completed by one track apiece from the two owners of the label. Basile de Sursenes's French Toast is a looping, warping deep house groove with rave-y sounds and scratching thrown in for good measure, while finally Ten Fingerz gives us Ze Party, which nods to classic 'French touch' producitions of the late 90s.
It was Tropicana that saw this go straight into the reviews pile on first hearing, but the other four tracks are also very playable, with Groove Box taking the silver for yours truly. And with five tracks from as many up-and-coming house artists, what's not to love?
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 14 May
Review Score: 8