I’ve always been a fan of Para One, from his work on Institubes (RIP) to his latest work with CamRon (dipppppsetttttt), and funnily enough I’d never gotten the chance to see him DJ. That all changed when I very serendipitously ended up at almost all of his shows in Miami for WMC. Fairly reserved and soft-spoken in person, Jean-Baptiste is a fucking crazy man when he plays, his energy is magnetic and it just makes hearing his own stuff that much more special.
Well, obviously enough people responded to him playing out a live version of his track “You” that he decided to give it away for free on his Soundcloud. Way to denounce the “french people are dicks” stereotype, Para One. A lively edit that combines some other Para One tracks like Find A Place and Contemplation, “You Too” is a fun number perfect for the summer. It can’t hurt that it’s one of A-Trak’s new favorites either.
Luca Venezia is taking some time off his Drop The Lime project to focus on what he calls “New Gotham House” under his longtime side project moniker, Curses. He’s hitting the ground running with an unbelievable new 2-track EP due out on Marble June 24th, featuring “So Good” as well as a massive collaboration with Surkin, Para One, and Canblaster titled “Deep In The Night.” Preview “So Good” below and have a listen to the √+ guest mix that Luca put together for big time Curses supporters, Skream & Benga.
After weeks of being on the #GDDRV tour, the GDD djs Troy Kurtz, BONES and Burn Unit return with a massive triple threat Dirt edition that is yours for the taking. Not only were these some of the tracks that stood out over the trips to SXSW and WMC, but also served as the soundtrack to the cross country tour spirit…
Para One is a busy dude with many musical talents: from having dipped in the honey pot of the rap scene a variety of times (his work with French group TTC, production creds on A$AP Rocky’s “Wild For The Night”) to being a part of his own label (Marble, with Teki Latex and Bobmo). After a well-regarded release of his track “Passion” last year, Para One is back with a bigger, badder version thanks to the vocal talents of none other than Cam’Ron. As a sidenote, I can’t write or think about Cam’Ron without seeing this picture in my head, so here. #killuh
I spoke to Para One yesterday just before his trek to the US to tour starting in Miami, where I’m sure inevitably we’ll run into each other. Another sidenote, a definite party to check out that we’ll be at and Para One will be playing at is Lil Death’s NYC vs Paris this Friday. So read on about what Para One had to say after the jump, and as for myself I hope to see many of you out and about!
35,000 people were on hand this past Saturday to attend the first ever Hard Presents: Day Of the Dead festival in downtown Los Angeles. The lineup was one of the most eclectic we have seen of any Hard Event and we could not wait to see how it turned out.
When French label Institubes bit the dust in March of last year, Marble was birthed at the behest of Surkin, Bobmo, and Para One. A little over a year old now and the imprint has put out some of the most forward thinking releases in dance music. But perhaps the crown jewel is label boss Para One’s album ‘Passion’, which dropped today. Rumors of ‘album of the year’ are already swirling, just as they should be. It’s simply that good. The product is an amalgamation of all your favorite genres from early hip hop to techno, but it has timeless aspect to it that is something so foreign today where tracks have a shelf-life of a few weeks. You can purchase the album on iTunes. Para One – Passion (Album Teaser) by Marble Music
The infamous Marble co-owner, Para One, just unleashed his newest sounds with the release of his new EP, Mother. The EP’s title track delivers those specific elements that you have come to expect from Para One; Electro cuts fused with carefully sequenced percussion, unexpectedly brilliant sudden effects and a strong digital bite. The Mr. Oizo remix slows things down but turns the dark and dirty up, adding a new, welcomed spin to the original. Finally, Compute (featuring Surkin) paints a dark digital portrait with Electro elements, well-placed samples, intricate percussion and brilliant change-ups that leave you screaming for more.
In March it was announced that French Electro imprint Institubes, was to be disbanded, citing financial problems after eight years of sterling service to the underground electronic music scene. In bittersweet conjunction with the sad news, came another announcement: that the new Marble label headed by Para One, Surkin and Bobmo was to continue delivering tasty French electro in Institubes’ absence. This week we caught up with Jean-Baptiste de Laubier aka Para One, for an exclusive insight into the Marble imprint and what it has in store for the EDM community.
After the shocking announcement last month that electronic French label Institubes decided to pull out of the game all together, fans worldwide were left scratching their heads wondering if and when a rebound would come. Thankfully, Para One, Surkin, and Bobmo secretly joined forces and launched a new label called ‘Marble‘. They release their first EP today under the name ‘Marble Players’. Undeniably French, they push the boundaries of dance music, as both tracks are serious forward-thinking analog driven bass tunes, and I can affirmatively say that ‘Marble Anthem’ is one of the best tracks I’ve come across this year. Purchase the EP on iTunes.