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Para One

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Jean-Baptiste de Laubier has come a long way since working with French rap group TTC. As Para One, the southern Parisian producer takes on many different styles while retaining a soulful thread of electronic music that recalls his undying love for indie hip-hop. Following a dark, Eno-inspired, synth-laden intro aptly titled “Ice Cold,” his 2012 album Passion breaks the ice with “Wake Me Up.” Here the tone is set with a kitchen-sink collage of sounds that plays like MC Solaar doing his thing over a groovier version of The Art of Noise. Para One’s friends Irfane and Teki Latex lend their sultry vocals to the outstanding “Every Little Thing,” a summery slice of future soul infused with neon-splashed R&B; it could have been teleported from the early '80s. Toward the album's end, Latex returns to sing through a Daft Punk–esque Vocoder on “Lean on Me,” a bass-heavy jam boasting some of the baggiest beats since early-'90s Madchester. Speaking of impressive beats, “The Talking Drums” makes good on its name with nearly melodic rhythms.

Biography

Born: 1979 in Orleans, France

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s

Perhaps best known for his affiliation with the popular French rap group TTC, Para One is an alias of French electro producer Jean-Baptiste de Laubier, whose musical style is deeply rooted in golden-age hip-hop. Born in 1979 in Orleans, France, de Laubier first grew passionate about hip-hop after hearing Public Enemy, N.W.A, and the Native Tongues during the late '80s. He joined his first hip-hop group in 1993 but didn't break into the industry as a producer until 2000, when his productions began...
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