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For its second release of 2018, the Parisian crew Discomatin picked a real classic of the French boogie era, Palace Hôtel by Preface. If Preface recorded a total of four EPs, it’s this first release from 1986 that is the real deal. Expect shiny synthesizers, percussive drum sounds, catchy and irresistible bass riffs and vocals!

Fortunately, it’s brought here with all 3 versions: the extended “Version Longue”, with its great electronic introduction, the shorter “Version 45 Tours”, if you’re in a hurry and, last but not least, the “Instrumental Version” for those too shy to play the vocals - we certainly are not. Behind Preface, you’ll find three great musicians still at their careers debut at that time, Manu Katche, Jean-Yves d’Angelo and Kamil Rustam. Now accomplished musicians, this project was for them an excursion into more mainstream territories through jazz-funk and boogie influences.

It had quite a success back in the day. Behind this project, you’ll find Philippe Abitbol, the executive producer who was already behind “Chacun Fait (C’Qui Lui Plait)” by Chagrin d’Amour, or French pop singer Patrick Bruel’s debut “Marre De Cette Nana Là”. Thanks to Discomatin, it’s now available to the real connoisseurs with an exclusive insert which contains lyrics and chord progressions, again with the fantastic illustrations of French artist Camille de Cussac.

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Discomatin keep the killers coming, following their fabulous reissue of Diva's "La Nuit" with arguably the finest French boogie banger ever, Preface's "Palace Hotel". High gloss synth bass, nipple height guitar and plenty of drum box brilliance, all topped by cocktail hour marimbas and a gorgeous vocal. What's the French for chic?

After a first release early 2016, the Discomatin crew from Paris returns to their Discomatin Edits series with this second effort, still in the spirit of the afterparty they organize to entertain the early birds, who prefer to dance than catching the worms. The EP is composed by four tracks, finely picked and slightly edited by the DJ’s of the crew. From AOR mellow grooves to French original kitsch and funkyness, they open a wide range of possibilities. The set opens in smooth and funky fashion thanks to "Show Me", a discoid dream of "Enjoy Your Life" guitars, squiggly boogie bass and wild keytar soloing. AOR funk vocals add that extra ingredient needed to turn the party from simmering to soaring and ladies and gents, we have a winner on our hands. Discomatin keep it breezy on the A2, soundtracking BBQs from Brittany to Biarritz with the yacht grooving of "I Need To Meet You". Strolling up to the pool party in a crisp linen suit, this smooth operator works its magic with simple drums, classy keys and a buoyant bassline - tres chic. Over we go and woah woah woah! It turns out the A-side was the just the appetizer and the main event lies in wait on the B1. Riding on a SH101 enhanced white funk groove, "Le Paradis C'est L'enfer" is the finest bit of French boogie you've heard this year. Taking Kraftchik's "C'est L'enfer" and slowing it down a touch, the Discomat crew deliver a killer edit which retains all the sleaze and silliness of the original without overwhelming the modern palate with too much fromage. We're played out with a proper end of nighter in the form of "Deboto Love Song", a slow and seductive slice of Euro soul in the same vein as "What You Won't Do For Love" but wearing a jaunty beret. It’s fresh, it’s French, so don’t sleep on it!


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