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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.

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Great Album From Marble!

Old analog sounds with newer digital ones, great album! But for Randal Haworth this is not dubstep!!!! I had the same problem with surkins album people were saying it was dubstep but, its definetly not! Get your facts straight!!!


Different stew of dubstep through soul. Splash on some tight, aggressive mixing with the usual French seasoning. Pity this only works with 80% success rate with the tracks because the melody is missing in some...

whats music currently?

i really don't know but this is an interesting modern day album. i appreciate the dedication. people are too quick right now to put out stuff instead of piecing together some real quality and skill.


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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Passion, Para One
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  • $8.28
  • Genres: Electronic, Music, Dance
  • Released: Jun 18, 2012

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