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Nicolas Villebrun aka Tite has been in the scene for a while. On the one hand, he’s a member of rock band Poni Hoax, and is used to touring all across France with several other bands every year. A quiet and moderate temper, that one could easily caricature as self-effacing, to fit the frame of boring and well polished biographies. That being said, it wouldn’t necesserily be a lie as to the Bamako native. On the other hand though, Nico is in many ways a different man, as much a joker as a bit absurd for those who know him. He’s been revealing himself over the past few years, fierce on his machines and as gifted as hard working, to affirm himself as a Techno producer. Without seeking any form of legitimacy, he seems ready to set aside his quietness in 2015, and stand strong for his upcoming debut LP on Fragil Musique.
Having been frequently visiting Nantes since 2012, Tite has had time to soak himself in the label’s spirit. If he’s not the main party animal of the crew, he is undoubtably the most prolific producer. After a batch of dub techno productions as a duo with society of silence, as well as the « Jam Tracks » EP together with Hervé (Acid Arab), under their Acid Square Dance moniker, he quietly started to moult on his own as Tite. He first showed up with a handful of dry and angry tracks in 2014, that would become a white label EP on the rough-techno orientated Fragil Musique’s sub label, before starting to produce his first album. An LP, which without being entirely conceptual, was carefully thought through before being produced. By keeping in mind the need for intuition and playfulness, Tite drew a simple and ferm frame for his recording. « The idea was to produce as many tracks as possible with the same set up, recorded live over a short period of time to ensure consistency, with a strong leaning towards rhythms, bass lines and sonic textures ». By forcing this strong constraint upon his work process, the musician/studio metronome was able to break free from his academic workflow while recording live, and offered himself all the necessary freedom to produce the techno that drives him.
Over 9 tracks and 40 minutes, Tite easily manages to « keep a raw and spontaneous aspect to meet again with the live energy, while simply enjoying making music ». When listening to the LP, it is easy to feel that he wanted to express his intuitiveness and spontaneity on the machines, and that he waited to be sure that it sounded good to hit rec. All he did after that was arrange dynamics and keep an eye on his groove beasts. « There is not really any harmony in those tracks, its the combination of different rhythms and bass lines that create some sort of rhythmic melody ». Among the body-dragging dancefloor pieces, such as the amazing The Bell Glides, a few mid tempo tracks and interludes allow some balance to the opus. All across the album, the interractions and the bonds between his machines become always more intense and surprizing, creating the perfect evolution for a journey in his own techno land. Conceived as a listening LP, but with more than one dancefloor killer in it, this first album is only waiting to be listened to, and re interpreted live by the artist.