Rarely does an exclusive mix get all of us at the office dancing to the same beat, but in the case of this one recorded by Paris-born, Brussels-based Nobuo, we all agree: It’s a killer. Starting off smooth and sexy to grow into something more dance-orientated, its underlying strength remains its deep, downtempo vibe. Nothing too fast and furious here: this exquisite and expert effort is all about taking the time to let the groove take you away. Pure. Fucking. Bliss. Plus it includes a Lawrence Le Doux exclusive track. Christmas pretty much came early.
Can you describe yourself in a few words?
I discovered music through jazz. My father plays the piano and always talked about Bill Evans. Even though I started enjoying jazz later, I think this has always influenced me. I discovered hip hop music (mostly A Tribe Called Quest and other East Coast bands) during my high school years and a bit later I fell in love with electronic music. My first love stories with house music were Glenn Underground and Theo Parrish.
How did you first start making music?
I can barely remember a moment in my life when music didn’t matter to me. I played a bit of piano, then a bit more of guitar. Then there was a huge gap where the only thing I wanted to do was to collect music. I’ve been producing a little bit lately, but nothing official right now. I just bought my first synth last month.
Is music a full-time thing for you at the moment?
I wish it could be a full-time thing. Right now I’m doing a Masters in graphic design and typography at l’ERG in Brussels.
Can you describe the mix in a few words?
This mix is a journey. I love the fact that there are two different parts. This is really what I do, what I collect. Deep is mostly what thrills me but I’ve lately ben enjoying non electronic music again.
Can you tell us about the exclusive track on the mix? Why did you chose to include this one? If it isn’t one of your own productions, how did you come across the artist?
The exclusive track is from Lawrence le Doux. He has been one of my graphic design teacher and is now a friend. We never talked of graphic design together, but damn, we talked about music everytime. He has been amongst my biggest influence lately in my musical work. The record I played from him is quite unknown but one of my favourite ever. He made another soundtrack recently and it will be released on record also.
When and where did you record it?
I recorded it on a lazy sunny Saturday, right after my exam week!
What’s your favourite track on the mix?
Tricky question, as I played only records I love but if I had to choose I would say the Red Axes which is really special to me as it is a gift from my dear friend and mentor Aidons Antoine.
What are your top 3 albums of the year so far and why?
1.The Pilotwings – Une Nuit au Boxboys
These guys rule, truly. I always bring my Pilotwings records everywhere I have to mix. Lyon has the best scene in France, that is for sure.
2. Ewan Jansen – Lost Embers EP
Going Good is one of the greatest electronic music label that exists, each release is a gem, this one is no exception.
3. Wah Wah Wino (label)
They recently released a series of three records that I just got. They’re very special records, downtempo house .
As you are nice people, I’ll just add that you must check the last Mood Hut (Disco Mantras, played in that mix) and the very first release of Decent International.
What do you have coming up in the next few weeks?
I will play alongside my partner in crime Barberousse under our alias Frog River the 27th of may for Staff Stuff (la Tricotterie, Saint-Gilles). Hopefully you will see me at any Le Pacifique Records parties as well!
Listen to Nobu’s Soundcloud here.