10 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Parisian born (and Berlin residing) producer Erwan Castex arrived on the electronic music scene in 2007 under the Rone moniker, but it was his widely accessible 2009 debut full-length Spanish Breakfast that put him on the map. And just as his first album appealed to living-room speakers as well as the dance floor, his 2012 sophomore release Tohu Bohu also balances laid-back ambiance with danceable grooves — but on a higher plane. Opening track “Tempelhof” sets the mood with melodic tones droning underneath experimental techno. But it’s “Bye Bye Macadam” that gets more daring by blending big hip-hop beats with a string section and what sounds like an old harpsichord from the 1060s. “La Grande Ourse” oozes the warm tones of an electric jazz piano before skittering rhythms pitter and patter alongside the kind of boomy bass that’s normally reserved for blasting out from tricked-out car stereos. The following “Beast” provides a nice contrast with a less-is-more minimalism. Boasting some flowing rhymes by High Priest Of Antipop Consortium, “Let’s Go” is the album’s gem.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Parisian born (and Berlin residing) producer Erwan Castex arrived on the electronic music scene in 2007 under the Rone moniker, but it was his widely accessible 2009 debut full-length Spanish Breakfast that put him on the map. And just as his first album appealed to living-room speakers as well as the dance floor, his 2012 sophomore release Tohu Bohu also balances laid-back ambiance with danceable grooves — but on a higher plane. Opening track “Tempelhof” sets the mood with melodic tones droning underneath experimental techno. But it’s “Bye Bye Macadam” that gets more daring by blending big hip-hop beats with a string section and what sounds like an old harpsichord from the 1060s. “La Grande Ourse” oozes the warm tones of an electric jazz piano before skittering rhythms pitter and patter alongside the kind of boomy bass that’s normally reserved for blasting out from tricked-out car stereos. The following “Beast” provides a nice contrast with a less-is-more minimalism. Boasting some flowing rhymes by High Priest Of Antipop Consortium, “Let’s Go” is the album’s gem.

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About Rone

As Rone, Paris-bred producer Erwan Castex creates music that is both otherworldly and warm, marrying cinematic ambitions to sounds and ideas rooted in minimal and experimental techno. Born in the Parisian suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt in 1980, he debuted his Rone project in 2007, co-producing several tracks with Italian techno artist Lucy. After attracting the attention of French producer Agoria, Rone was signed to the InFiné label in 2008, making his solo debut with the Bora EP. Following the single "La Dame Blanche," his debut album, Spanish Breakfast, landed on the imprint in 2009. In 2011, Castex moved to Berlin and recorded his sophomore effort, Tohu Bohu, a 2012 release that featured rapper High Priest from Antipop Consortium. The album's biggest single, "Bye Bye Macadam," hit in 2013 thanks in part to a virally successful animated video and a Juan Atkins remix, while that same year the National hired Rone to provide soundscapes for their album Trouble Will Find Me. In 2014 he toured North America alongside Com Truise. His third album, Creatures, landed in 2015 with Etienne Daho and the National's Bryce Dessner among its guests. A groundbreaking virtual reality videoclip for Creatures track "Quitter la Ville" was released. Rone co-wrote the opening track on Jean Michel Jarre's Electronica 2: The Heart of Noise, which appeared in 2016. Following the EP Vood(oo), another 2016 release, Rone's fourth album, Mirapolis, was released in 2017. ~ David Jeffries & Paul Simpson

  • ORIGIN
    Boulogne-Billancourt, France
  • BORN
    June 20, 1980

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