[PNR003] Various Artists
Pluie/Noir Year One
3x12” Compilation (400 copies, vinyl only)
Mastered by Pole at Scape Mastering
Artwork by Max Binski & Ayane
Design by Max Binski
Manufactured at Optimal Media
Made by Handle With Care
Distributed by Intergroove Germany
Est. Release Date: July/August 2013
Act I - Intro
A1/ Three_Angles “Hor-ma”
A2/ Radiq “Goodbye South, Goodbye”
Act II - The Dry Bars
B1/ Cleymoore “Starpauseflash”
B2/ Ztrl “New Way”
Act III - The Wet Basements
C1/ Vlad Caia “Subject 238”
C2/ Diogo “Insecuriosity”
Act IV - The Empty Streets
D1/ Dr. Nojoke “Awrani”
D2/ Seuil “Prelude”
Act V- The Crowded Flats
E1/ Albert Schwartz “11aa99”
E2/ Andrés Marcos “An Apple a Day”
Act VI - Outro
F1/ Levat “White Steps”
F2/ S.A.M. “You’re Gonna Be Ok”
In what was a definitive first year for the imprint, with two solid EPs from Petre Inspirescu and Vlad Caia, Pluie/Noir also endorsed numerous acclaimed Podcasts and served as the platform for various artistic endeavors embraced not only by their own artists but also by the world. To commemorate this achievement, and in a respectful manner to their long time collaborators, the imprint is now releasing a 12 track compilation spread across three 12”s showcasing the various sounds that personify the imprint and give their artists a well deserved voice.
The narrative to the compilation reflects the minimalistic musical template that is so dear to Pluie/Noir, where simple and complex structures meet along the way in the attempt of creating something that can last in time. Each track is a concise exploration of house music’s skeleton, leaving nothing to waste, but never feeling in slightest bit sterile. It’s surprising and unpredictable, but in an organized, artistic manner.
Three_Angle’s ‘Hor-Ma’ (A1) progresses subtly, shaped by soft bumps and clicks. It’s welcoming, cleverly paving the way for the rest the compilation to interact. The now familiar Radiq follows with a typically eccentric addition, ‘Goodbye South Goodbye’ (A2). Characterised by its splintered hybridization microhouse and ambient techno, it’s certainly a head turner. Pluie/Noir founder Cleymoore contributes with ‘Starpauseflash’, a sleek and delicate number that uses looped keys and syncopated percussion to create something thought provoking. ‘New Way’ by Ztrl (B2) follows in this vein, the funky, tripped-out pattering of percussion and dreamy keynotes are spread out across a remarkably stripped-back rhythmic blueprint. Vlad Caia’s ‘Subject 238’ (C1) represents the taste of Romania that has been so inspirational to Pluie/Noir. It’s simple, clean and devastatingly effective. Diogo’s delightfully named ‘Insecuriosity’ (C1) is an impudent tapestry of sounds, rich with idiosyncratic sampling and impulsivity, reminiscent of early micro-house. This evocation is carried over to Dr. Nojoke’s alluring ‘Awrani’ (D1), which again exposes its very delicate compositional layers by draining everything from its low-end. It’s a divine afterhours groove that ripples and shakes in all the right places. French-born & based Seuil changes gear with ‘Prelude’ (D2), which draws from the same diverse sonic palate as those before him on the compilation but works from a noticeably more solid 4/4 foundation. Albert Schwartz’s ‘11aa99’ (E1) introduces the compi- lation’s first use of vocals - the deep, soulful American lyrics work alchemically with the shuffling house beat. ‘An Apple a Day’ by Andres Marcos (E2) is another percussive session, but the experimental Pluie/Noir touches keep the piece alive. The penultimate ‘White Steps’ by Levat (F1) is a gorgeous slice of microhouse, lean and groovy, the vocal slivers adding a warm feeling to the mix, before the compilation closes with S.A.M’s ‘You’re Gonna Be Okay’ (F2), another outing of enigmatic, stripped-back house.
Presented in gatefold format - once again designed by man-of-the-house Max Binski, and painted in collaboration with Ayane - this highly collectable release reflects on a successful first year for Pluie/Noir while also signifying a very promising future. A canon of DJ delights on one hand, it’s also wonderfully applicable in the home setting, ensuring its practical longevity and status as a musical treasure for a long time to come.
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