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Continental Records ( Jerry Bouthier's label ) :
“Flying through the night
We want some more
Breathing cloudy smoke
Fading by the door
We walk hand in hand
We're your friend
Forever and ever”
REFLEX is the unstoppable duo, based in the south of France, who erupted on the scene early 2012 with debut single ‘Wavering’ (and its ecstatic JBAG remix), a song one can only cherish fondly, just like priceless memories. Indie-dance? Electro-rock? Discopop? Who cares? You can hear influences, conscious or not, Chilly Gonzales, Italians Do It Better, Aeroplane, the synth pop classics and more… yet REFLEX's music claims nothing more than spreading balearic love for the soul… and the bodies on the dancefloor.
Yet Ludmila & André aren’t about reviving the 70s nor the 80s. If anything the past decades inspire them to be challenging, show that electronic music can still be exciting by offering people songs and emotions that aren’t simply formulaic. Ultimately their desired Mediterranean lifestyle, the sun, the sea… have only but galvanized their inspiration. The pair can’t get away from the studio, writing and remixing non-stop (they’ve lately given the Reflex touch to Black Strobe, Juveniles, Continental’s Shindu and Kill The Hero…). Always on the move, gigging or deejaying in clubs and festivals alike, they’ve just completed a 10 dates US tour which included SXSW, L.A., Vegas… and culminated in Hawaii.
As a result of all those late night outs, Reflex have decided to hit the dancefloor hard for their second single. ‘Together’ is gospel music according to The Haçienda’s evangelism – big piano breakdowns, hands-in-the-air, sweaty smiles abound… and the lead vocal celebrating the night away and beautiful newfound friendships. Dare we say housey? Oui, but à la Mancunian with a French twist please.
‘Together (Remix!)’ the second EP comes with four new exciting reinterpretations. First on the bill needing no introduction are Punks Jump Up who deliver one of their trademark dancefloor-slayers. Joe and Dave have got the TR 808 and 909 out for a deep yet muscular re-rub that will please the big room jocks out there. Second is Oxford, Continental’s latest protégé who might as well be dubbed mr vibey for turning out such gorgeous reworks (check his remix of Shindu ‘Just Go’ on Continental last year or his fab take on Goldroom ft Cheetah ‘Fifteen’). More to come soon from this stylish Gallic disco dude… Next is another solitary producer, the one and only Tronik Youth who - never scared of challenges and pushing the envelope further - takes a chuggy almost US house turn complete with quirky Steve Silk Hurley saxophones. Last but not least Los Angeles’ Colour Vision – a name to watch - delivers a truly yummy mix to be sipped by the pool, ideal for late night partying during tropical heatwaves.
Go on treat yourself and your audience, pick your fave ‘Together’ remix and watch those smiles on the floor. Summers were designed for such tunes…
- French House