- Parisian-based Alexis Bernard, AKA Seuil, has been at the forefront of a breed of producers from his hometown who are eschewing the French capital's tradition of producing wild party music for something deeper and more cerebral.
Following productions for the likes of Circus Company and Moon Harbour, Seuil has rocked up on Berlin's Hello?Repeat for this double header of intimate, rhythmically intricate, early hours tech house. "Late Call" uses snatches of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" to great effect, albeit re-recorded and skewed into something otherworldly, to match the reflective nature of the track's mood. Resonating bass synths and a doleful, emotive chord sequence are offset by the toughness of the percussion.
"Slow Motion" adopts more of a growl, burning slowly to a climax that, tantalisingly, never quite kicks off. Built around a jacking 808 rhythm, with just a hint of a melody, it borrows some DNA from Theo Parrish and plunges it straight into the dark heart of the Paris underground.
01. Late Call
02. Slow Motion