Patrick Pfeifer MUSIC, ​​TECHNO

The man, the myth, the legend Laurent Garnier returns this month with a long waited release on Still Music. For three decades the Laurent Garnier name heavily influenced the electronic industry. He founded F Communications nearly 20 years ago and pioneered the fusion of jazz with that signature techno sound Garnier is known for. Still Music is currently managed by Jerome Derradji, a key figure in the underground Chicago scene. With Garnier state side for a scheduled performance at Chicago’s Smartbar the two met for dinner last year and discussed the possibility of a release on Jerome’s label. That discussion led to the release of AF-0490.

The 3 track EP follows in the footsteps of what Chicago unearthed back in the early 90’s. “Ghetto house” is what many called it back then. There are many names for it currently. Dance Mania Records made the genre famous with artists such as DJ Funk, Theo Parrish, and Robert Armani to name a few. The album has only been available for less than a week and is already topping charts. Spin Magazine named it dance track of the week just hours after its release. Bang (The Underground Doesn’t Stop) will immediately grab your attention with its monstrous bass line accompanied by that 4×4 thump that seems to hit ever so perfectly. Some jazzy chords creep in half way making this track playable to either house heads or techno lovers; it just such a smooth blend.

AF-0490 also features Boom (Chakolak) and Beat (Da Boxx): a double dose of pulsating drums and snares packed with samples that are sure to entice even the most experienced club goers. Jerome Derradji and Laurent Garnier will be playing an exclusive not-to-be-missed set together at the Chicago Smartbar on April 12th. Think of it as a celebration. Ghetto House will once again mark its territory in the Windy city.

AF-0490 is available digitally on Beatport and on vinyl through Still Music