Intrepid explorer and electronic music producer Molécule, recently released a remix package of his track ‘Sila’ with reworkings by Madben, Torb and Sayem.
Head of independent Parisian label Mille Feuilles, Molécule has released numerous remixes, singles, EPs and seven full-length LPs, including an eighth on the way. Nature is a strong theme in his work – his concept effort titled 60°43’Nord was recorded over 36 days on an ocean-going vessel, and recent single ‘Violence’ with accompanying music video was inspired by a life-changing, perception-altering expedition to the Tundra.
The remix package brings a new element to an interesting track. Madben grew up in Northern France and discovered electronic music at the end of the ’90s. He began DJing in 2000 and composing in 2007. Hailed by Trax Magazine as “techno’s last hope,” he has received support from a host of influential names such as Laurent Garnier, Agoria, Dave Clarke, Carl Craig, Skudge, John Digweed and Ben Sims. His reputation was cemented through a few acclaimed releases in 2013 and 2014: ‘We Want To Rave On’ on Astropolis Records, ‘Dual’ with Ian O’Donovan, ‘Neighbours’ on Bedrock, ‘My mad strings’ on Goldmin music. 2016’s tracks ‘Into The Woods’ and ‘Tension’ received airplay from BBC Radio 6 Music’s Tom Ravenscroft, and he is a well-known name on the club circuit throughout France, including Transmusicales (Rennes), Scopitone (Nantes), Marsatac (Marseille), I Love Techno (Montpellier), as well as Montreal’s Piknic Electronik. His take on Sila delivers a beat-driven sound, covering a juxtaposing sonic scope.
Sayem is French DJ and producer, known for his affinity for vintage synths – Minimoog, JX3P, Juno 60 and SH101. He has a string of releases in his wake, and has worked alongside artists such as The Girls and Boys, Rocky, TORB and Domestic Dictatorship (Julien Briffaz Bot’Ox.) He recently composed the score for short film Qui Vive, and has produced music for Don Quichotte at Trocadero, José Montalvo’s ballet show, which went on to run for several weeks at Théâtre National de Chaillot, before touring across France. Sayem’s remix radiates maturity and a cool, sometimes poignant atmosphere.
TORB’s work on the track is a techo-centred delivery of intricate grooves. The French duo are some of Motorbass Studio’s hip dissidents, known for their use of modular analogue synths to create a sound reminiscent of the rave age scene. Their 2014 tracks ‘Fatohm / Fever’ received support from Noisey, and their “low-fi” techno sound is owed to bespoke machinery, and preferably played at live sets.