One of the most accomplished and revered producers in electronic music today makes his solo debut on Kompakt: French mastermind Agoria joins Kompakt’s storied release fold after a foretaste with his stellar 2013 remix of Michael Mayer’s ‘Good Times’ (KOMPAKT 272), presenting us with his new mesmerizing floor epic ‘Baptême’.
Meaning “baptism” in French, the cut’s title ‘Baptême’ is a perfect fit for its particularly festive spirit, exuding both solemnity and sheer pleasure, hallmarks of Agoria’s unique brand of emotional and versatile techno. Bouncy, minimalist percussion is joined by an extensive, dub-styled sub-bass and floating shards of atmospheric synths, quickly escalating into a high definition mover fitted with gorgeous swabs of piano and a keen sense for emotional space.
The original track gets a fascinating rework from DJ Tennis and The Rapture’s Luke Jenner, whose Lucky Blue Eyes Version adds more wiggle room to the proceedings, bolstering its loosened grip with enticing new vocals. In yet another step forward, Agoria himself revisits the remix, sharpening its blurry edges and successfully putting the vocals to work in a prime time environment. Next level dreaming for those who need a little bit more from their floor than just another knock on the head.
“I’m very happy ‘Baptême’ will finally be released. Many of you have been asking and waiting for it over a year or more. It’s a very special tune for me. I’ve had a lot of changes in my personal life these last two years and ‘Baptême’ announces what could be my second life.
On the flip I reworked the remix with my friends Lucky Blue Eyes, aka Luke Jenner and DJ Tennis. Patrice Bardot, chief editor of Tsugi Magazine, said my rework sounds like the “doors of 21st century. What is sure is that Luke Jenner’s vocals fly me into orbit. Hope you’ll enjoy it.” said Agoria.
Sébastien Devaud, aka Agoria, started producing and releasing his own tracks in 1999 and first gained international recognition with a series of 12´s on Pias recordings in 2002, which were followed by the acclaimed album Blossom a year later. Since then, Agoria has released three more long-players, ‘The Green Armchair’ (2006), soundtrack ‘Go Fast’ (2008), and ‘Impermanence’ (2011) all showcasing Agoria’s talent for creating deep, stripped-back, melodic tracks.
Apart from his own work as a DJ and producer, Sébastien Devaud has also founded Nuits Sonores, one of the best European festivals and the label Infiné. Its releases – from Francesco Tristano’s piano treatments to Danton Eeprom’s sensual productions or Bachar Mar-Khalifé’s dramatic arrangements – continue to surprise and have made InFiné a platform for new music that always challenges and excites it’s listeners.
Recently, Agoria has released several EPs on the best techno labels (Innervisions, Kompakt, Hotflush) and remixes for artists such as Moby and Metronomy.