A name familiar to Hidden Recordings, France based JC Laurent returns for the fourth time with Distressed World. As with each release, expectations are high and the young Frenchman impresses with his latest body of work. He delivers three original tracks inspired by the current state of global affairs: underlying tension, shifts in mood with the need for a steady hand.
JC’s profile continues to rise as well with his newly minted DJ residency at Kwartz Club in Nice, France. Over the course of his nights there, titled ‘JC Laurent Invites’ he has shared the stage with artists such as Jay Clarke, Ryan James Ford, Shlomo, AWB, Adriana Lopez, Oliver Deutschmann and Deepak Sharma.
Accompanying the release on remix duty is Berlin’s Oliver Deutschmann, well-respected for his diverse track selections and varied soundscape, his recent discography includes a 2018 release on Luke Slater’s imprint, Mote Evolver. Showcasing his broad palette of sound, he is only a handful of talents who has DJ’d both Berghain and Panorama Bar over the last 10 years.
Side A begins with ‘Distressed World’, a heavy stepper driven by eerie soundscapes, soft and subtle shifts of stormy atmosphere that expresses today’s desolation. The Oliver Deutschmann Redub is upbeat with slick drum programming and flow, expressing a palpable sense of urgency.
Side B starts with ‘The Red Wire’, hypnotic sounds and smooth percussion are anchored by a continuous low-end flow. ‘Breakthrough’ warms things up with pad overtones, and carries a more jacking percussive feel.
A1. Distressed World
A2. Distressed World (Oliver Deutschmann Redub)
B1. The Red Wire