Joachim Garraud & Alesia- Nox EP
The all French partnership between EDM veteran Joachim Garraud and production trio Alesia has, if anything, produced some unique and diverse fruit since its beginning in late 2011. Unique and diverse are really the only two words that do descriptive justice to their brand new Dim Mak EP featuring their original work “Nox” and remixes crafted by Mercer, MOTI and Kenneth G, The Boomzers and Titanoz.
Many times when artists try to do something really unique, it causes their work to lose its dance floor-ability. Not so with Joachim and Alesia. All five tracks on this EP are 100% ready to destroy dance floors worldwide.
The original mix of Nox does not really fit into any one genre. It certainly has dubstep rythmic elements but it is slowed down a bit too much for it to be a pure dubstep track. The wobbly synth lead, anthemic piano line, growling bassline and wet sounding snare drum found in the original are what really knit this multi genre EP into something cohesive and exciting.
The Mercer remix is a big room progressive house rendition that I imagine would sound very fitting at a huge festival somewhere (Electric Zoo maybe?). The MOTI and Kenneth G remix is also house but takes a bit more of a dutch house approach. The beat is pleasantly bouncy and moves along at a faster pace.
The Titanoz remix slows everything way down to the moombahton spectrum without losing any of the bite found in the higher tempo versions. In fact the growl of the bassline seems to bite harder and be more intense at this slower pace. My favorite remix on the EP however has got to be the one by The Boomzers. This electro remix is an all out bass assault that still preserves the unique melodic and rhythmic flavor of the original. If you’re not familiar with The Boomzers, check out this Knife Party remix too!
Overall, this is a refreshing EP showcasing the enormous amount of French talent. Hoping to see more from this group in the near future.