LLORCA with JASON PALMA and DEE JAY NAV at Una Mas (422 Adelaide West), Wednesday (September 12). 10 pm. $10. email@example.com
Once St. Germain hit crossover pay dirt with Rose Rouge, it was inevitable that hordes of house producers with jazz records to sample would soon follow. Yet what are the chances that Ludovic Navarre could be beat at his own loopy game by a bedroom-bound fellow Parisian in his early 20s also named Ludovic? Well, it happened.
Ludovic Llorca's New Comer (F Communications/Audiogram) debut is not only warmer, funkier and more human-sounding than St. Germain's over-hyped Tourist breakthrough, but it was also produced for considerably less money. Our kid Llorca recorded and mixed the entire album at home on a self-assembled computer set-up that he says cost him a total of 10,000 Francs -- roughly $2,145.
"Artists shouldn't feel limited by the tools they use," says Llorca from his Paris balcony as police sirens bleat in the background. "Of course, you can make cool techno music with a computer, but it's also possible to do something very acoustic-sounding. It depends more on the person than the equipment. And if you have the ideas, you don't need a lot of money."
Unlike St. Germain, Llorca won't be hiring a cast of studio musicians to stand onstage for the replaying of his album. In fact, there's a good chance you may not hear any tracks at all from New Comer when Llorca spins a selection of his favourite disco, funk, jazz and garage house at his album release party.
"It's hard to explain, but there's a special link between me and my music that makes it very difficult to play anything I've recorded. I still find it strange to hear one of my songs in a club or on the radio -- it's very surreal."