Ahead of the deliriously deep and rhythmically complex debut album ‘Face To Face’ (out in November on Serialism), Phillippe Quenum aka Quenum first displays his rich, dynamic and sometimes soulfully melancholic sound across a teaser EP featuring two album tracks plus a tough yet shimmering remix from the ever classy and timeless, Cassy. Lead track ‘Face To Face’ pulses with raw, rumbling bass as hard claps accent an unfettered groove scattered with delicate sonic nuances and a powerful vocal sample. From peak time to sunrise, ‘5 AM’ is an ethereal electronic voyage, with softly woven beats, rippling synths and melodic keys.
Quenum is an extraordinary individual. A professional breakdancer that was raised in Africa, he found love in London in the 80s through mastering the art of DJing to early electronic music and broke into the spotlight as Acess58 in the 90s before forming the Cadenza label with Luciano in 2003.
Deejaying since the early 80’s and living in London throughout the 90’s, Quenum gained notoriety founding Acess58 in 1996, before moving to Geneva and setting up Num records in 2005. Together with Luciano, Quenum founded the uber-successful label Cadenza, finding a home for their first collaboration “Orange Mistake” – one of the most played tracks of the last ten years in the techno circuit. More recently, Quenum partnered with Swiss producer Dachschund to found the Clapper imprint.
Philippe Quenum is a key figure within the techno scene, garnering a considerable stream of releases on labels including Contexterrior, Crosstown Rebels, Orac, Trapez, Serialism and Toys for Boys, with tracks appearing on close to 20 compilations on labels such as Fabric (Carl Craig) and Cocoon.
Cassy Britton is one of the most widely respected DJs and producers on the global circuit, splitting her time between residencies at some of the best clubs in the world (Panorama Bar, Trouw and Rex Club) and a jam packed season in Ibiza, Cassy also just displayed her impeccable taste in the recently released ‘Cassy – fabric 71’ mix and is about to kick off her new ‘Cassy Presents…’ event series in London.
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