René Audiard

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René Audiard has long since established himself as one of the stand-alone producers in minimal. His sound is meticulously crafted, instantly discernible. Following the summer release of the second album, he returns to Blank Slate with some of his most imaginative work to date.

Audiard’s expertise in sourcing non-Western samples has been consistently documented by Blank Slate. With this release, he brings the international influence of his compositions to the forefront. Rather than utilizing samples as building blocks in a typical dance music structure, Audiard has opted for the nuanced approach of crafting his compositions around the samples. The result is a symbiotic relationship in which he delivers a new context for his carefully selected sounds. 

In Kingston’s Road (Edit), Audiard draws power from simplicity in his edit of a West African classic. Signature percussion and baseline act as a backbone to the beauty of the Malian’s kora. Omid is built on an unshakable micro-house beat infused with Persian poetry. Seemingly from nowhere, a melodic piano delivers a thematic release to the warm dry tension.  Magelhaens is a mastery of space. Audiard delivers a shadowed mind trip through layered waves of sonic mystique. Modal instrumentation, chants, and gasping sinister synths are encountered until the track erupts into jubilant devotion.

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"Cywilizacja Pt. 2," part of the latest release on Blank Slate, begins almost exactly on the downbeat where "Cywilizacja Pt. 1" ended. As a continuation of Rene Audiard's debut on Blank Slate (Audiard is, in fact, label head and B. Tracks member Soren Jahan), the meandering track clocks in at 14:14 and is distinctly disorienting, built off burrowing loops and a sample of a moaning woman. The tension arising from the sample source—and the question of whether it's voicing pleasure or pain,—is just one of the many rabbit holes Audiard sends listeners down over the course of a memorably detailed journey. 

"Lamia," said to sample Kurdish chants, conjures a throbbing street scene. A ghostly muezzin floats throughout the track, with a more aggressive instrumental palette that feels less derivative than the Villalobos-inspired "Cywilizacja" sometimes does. Still, you wish that the sampled upheaval in the track broke through the drowsiness in the way Audiard has managed to do in the past.

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