Laurent Garnier @ Smartbar Saturday, April 12th 2014

Laurent Garnier made his way out of Europe’s underground electronic music scene decades ago after a year-long stint as a radio DJ on France’s acclaimed electro station, Radio Nova. Garnier started spinning records before he turned 15, making his formative years full of beats, practice, and perfection. When he contacted Jerome Derradji, owner of the Still Music label, about possible collaborations, there was nowhere to move but forward. His most recent release on Still Music is an ode to the Dance Mania records we know and love.

Garnier is nothing if not ambitious. He got experimental this year, releasing 5 EPs on 5 different labels. One of these releases is A13 on the French hip hop label Musique Large. A13 features tracks with Baron Rétif & Concepcion Perez, a sound-drum synth duo, and Fulgeance, the label manager. It’s a low-key beauty that makes us think twice about the the hip hop/techno divide. Someone drew that line in the sand years ago, and Garnier is helping Musique Large blow these genres out of the water.

Join Garnier and Derradji this Saturday at Smartbar for a high-profile night of disco-techno-house that you won’t soon forget. Doors open at 10 PM, 21+, and tickets are $25. We suggest purchasing tickets in advance, as this show is bound to sell out quickly.

See my review for his latest release here: http://smartbarchicago.com/review-laurent-garnier-af-0490

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