Essentials: Lazare Hoche

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Lazare Hoche

Growing up in a scene that saw the spirit of the 90s French-house glory days slowly fade away, young Charlie Naffah first-hand witnessed the draught that electronic music was going through in his native city. This was most reflective in the diminishing number of record stores available for the music connoisseurs. Closings of well-loved vinyl shops was not a rare occurrence. Perhaps it’s therefore unsurprising that young Naffah grew up listening to old school 1980s hip hop. It was hearing Move D perform that awakening young Naffah’s interest in electronic music.


Years of education followed, Naffah adopting the moniker Lazare Hoche in honour of the famous 18th century French general. The leader was renowned for his quick-thinking, stern outlook, and ruthlessness. Likewise, Hoche always preferred a self-built approach. Years were spent investing in an analogue-friendly home studio to create a hub of innovation. Then came the establishment of solid relationships with the big players in the underground scene. Finally, a record label was found in 2011 with a vision to promote the renaissance of the Parisian scene. The first release from Stephan Hoellermann was an unexpected success. It’s quoted that German distributor request an order of all available stock. Continue reading

Burnski – Another Source (Mandar Remix) [HO– USE]

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Burnski – Another Source (Mandar Remix) [HO– USE]

Power-house trio Mandar flip Another Source into a tasty, club-centred deep house track that incorporates 1990s ambience onto a heavy sub-bass foundation. Letting the groove breathe for the first four minutes of the track, the producers take the concept of a remix seriously here. In fact, its difficult to recognise the original hearing this interpretation. However, letting the remix take its own direction pays off. The end result is a real banger that deserves some serious replay-value.

Mandar collective includes Lazare Hoche, Malin Genie, and S. A. M aliases. Together, they combine an impressive French-Danish-Dutch crossover origin. With releases such as these, the trailblazers are proving a point that the future of the deep house underground scene is in capable hands.

Burnski’s original sounds like a track crafted to pick up the tempo in a lounge environment. You can check it out here.