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Who? French Fries and Bambounou, Parisian kids on a mission to create sparks in the space where house, techno and bass collide.
Why? They're making some of the most exciting underground club tracks going at the moment and they're both at the forefront of ClekClekBoom, the Paris crew and label that represents young, energised artists based in the French capital and beyond. French Fries co-founded the imprint in 2011 and Bambounou was responsible for its first release, both working hard to vitalise dance music in a way contemporaries such as Night Slugs (L-Vis 1990, Bok Bok, Jam City et al) have. Between them they've put out tunes on 50 Weapons, Sound Pellegrino, Dirtybird and Signal Life, with 'Champagne' and 'Mass' just two examples of the bugged-out, bass-heavy dancefloor hysteria they create.
As 2013 really kicks into gear, they've left their mark all over 'Paris Club Music Vol. 1', the ClekClekBoom compilation that showcases what they and their tight-knit crew of DJs and producers (also including Chaos In The CBD, Manaré and Ministre X) are all about. What's more, French Fries has been touted as one-to-watch by UK bassboys Skream and Benga and Bambounou has just put out a ridiculously good EP on 50 Weapons. It's the quality, imagination and downright freshness of what they do that really appeals.
After listening to one too many Boomcasts, we thought it was time to get two of our favourite new producers in the mix. They've put together a rough house selection of punchy, squiggly, chest-rattling 4/4 that shows exactly where their ears and attitudes are at. Here goes ClekClekBoom...
What can I buy? 'Paris Club Music Vol. 1' is out now.
Shed - Waved Mind [Ostgut Ton]
Basic Soul Unit - Untoward [Non Plus]
Nina Kraviz - Working (Marcellus Pittman Remix) [Rekids]
Omar-S - Blown Valvetrane [Sound Signature]
French Fries - Drums [CCBWL]
Strip Steve - Money Trouble Funk (Bambounou remix) [Boys Noize]
N&N Tracks - Track 03 [Boom Chik]
Bambounou - Brim [50 Weapons]
Bambounou - Take It Out On Me [CDR]
D'Marc Cantu - Try Me [MOS Holland]
Disco Nihilist - Relentless Drums [Construction Paper]
DJ Funk - Kaos [Dance Mania]
French Fries - Southside [ClekClekBoom]
Truncate - Focus [Truncate]
Surkin - Lakeside (French Fries Remix) [CDR]