Stephane 1993 – Somebody
4. Somebody (Monday Morning Remix)
Release Date: September 9th
Australia’s Stephane 1993 keeps a low profile, with “understated” being a good description of both his presence and musical style.
Of course, the word “understated” usually suggests that despite the absence of fanfare and self-aggrandizement, something massive waits. Stephane 1993’s second release for BNR- the Somebody EP- once again proves that an artist has to say little when his music talks big.
The title track is crunchy and jacking, with a muted acid line, tape compression clipped hi-hats, and a dub vocal sample that gives space to the otherwise claustrophobic production. “Somebody” moves quickly for a 9 minute long track, but that won’t be a surprise for those DJ’s who aren’t too cool to dance- the bass and drums hit that magic rhythm that makes you want to two step into eternity. The original works well peak time or after hours, but Monday Morning gives it an absolutely gorgeous Balearic rework that’s sure to be many DJ’s new sunrise anthem. “Climax” focuses more on atmosphere and percussion, with ocean waves, machine gun snares, swirling pads and a strong, well, climax, while “More” keeps percussion to a minimum. However, the EBM bassline, eerie strings, and delayed vocal chops make it the moodiest track on the EP, and likely the stickiest as well.
Stephane 1993 eschews flashy production for a devotion to the type of raw craftsmanship that makes timeless tracks. By no means does this mean boring though- that word “understated” is fitting again- and the energy levels remain high throughout the release through impeccably executed arrangements which have earned him support from the likes of A-Trak and Four Tet. And while Stephane 1993 is too “understated” to say it for himself, listening to the Somebody EP on BNR TRAX truly is listening to a master at work.