Thursday, November 10, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Lemaitre - Splitting Colors (Louis La Roche Remix)

Tuesday night was unbelievably busy on twitter, obviously as a result of the election, but I was tweeting almost exclusively about an incredible show at Velvet Underground, with Coucheron, Chet Porter and Lemaitre. The latter, I only came to know though one of my favourite remixes, from one of my favourite artists, Louis La Roche. His "Splitting Colors" remix features the classic touch that takes the Brit, Brett Ewels, and transforms him into the nu-disco/funk/French house producer that we know and love. It's bright, bleepy, poppy and powerful, and as a cherry on top it features steel pans. Those little riffs add another level of catchiness to the already earworming production; there's no denying its awesomeness. Of course seeing Lemaitre live is the impetus behind this post, and while I essentially went to this show because I never turn down a chance to see Chet Porter, I was beyond impressed with both Coucheron and Lemaitre. In fact it was Coucheron, who came out of the back corner, grabbing a guitar and absolutely shredding a solo on "Splitting Colors" in the video below.
Lemaitre themselves were an absolute joy to watch, as the duo of Ketil Jansen and Ulrik Denizou Lund went back and forth between multiple instruments seemlessly, showcasing incredible versatility. Their energy was immediately infectious, as they had the crowd jumping in unison, mere minutes into being on stage. They were tremendously positive despite the dark pretense of the American election results pouring in throughout the night, looming as a dark cloud in many minds. It didn't help that throughout his set, Chet came on the mic asking if Hillary had won yet, to which the crowd continually groaned, "No." That aside, it was an awesome night of music, from Coucheron's excellent opening set to the overwhelming love to and from local, Chet Porter, through to Lemaitre's powerful live performance. While there's no proper way to illustrate either Chet or Lemaitre's live sets, I've compiled a short list of tracks Coucheron played, with of course a few missing due to their unreleased nature.