Band : Francois X Title : Irregular Passion Reshaped Release Date : 11 Dec ’19 Label : DEMENT3D RECORDS, DEMENT3D XXX Catalog ref. : DM3DXXX003
François X presents Irregular Passion Reshaped, a 12 track LP that re-works the original full length LP, released in 2018.
He has invited an accomplished list of friends and artists, both established and newcomers, to reimagine the album tracks for Irregular Passion Reshaped that boldy represent his vision.
From Bjarki’, Bambounou, Pessismist to Anthony Linell aka Abdullah Rashim and more, the collection marks a beautiful transmigration of the original work, embodying the diversity and myriad inﬂuences in François’ own music.
‘I wanted a complete rework of my album, containing a wide range of musical directions. A good representation of what XXX is all about. The important thing for me was to have some real transformations on my original material, in a way its a complete new album.’
Band : Francois X Title : Murky Dreams Release Date : 1 Apr ’19 Label : DEMENT3D RECORDS, DEMENT3D XXX Catalog ref. : DM3DXXX001
I will open 2019 with the launch of a new label entitled ‘DEMENT3D XXX’, with the first EP coming from myself.
Operating as a sister label to DEMENT3D Records, the new project will serve as a cultural platform for artists to explore genres across the electronic sphere. This approach stems from my personal approach to music production and DJing, which has an emphasis on warm, emotive and sensual cuts at its core.
The inaugural EP is due April 1st, with the four tracks featured on ‘Murky Dreams’ bridging the gap between my past and forthcoming work as well as my future vision for the imprint, incorporating broken arrangements, captivating soundscapes, and immersive textures to reveal a warmer, more house-focused side to my sound.
Whilst my productions remain centred around my personal vision of the night, the cuts explore and delve deep into the idea of both obscurity and mystery, returning back to ideas I have explored with ‘Irregular Passion’ LP released in 2018.
‘Murky Dreams’ is due to be released on DEMENT3D XXX, April 1st.
Band : Francois X Title : Irregular Passion Release Date : 20 Nov ’17 Label : DEMENT3D RECORDS Catalog ref. : DM3D017
At night, things get a lot more unpredictable. A stranger can become a friend, you suddenly become intimate with a woman or a man whose name you will never find out, while darkness also allows you to conceal your true identity – even become someone else.
Inspiration for this album emanates from the fascination towards the intensity of what nightlife has to offer ; euphoria and melancholy, spotlights or incognito, sexual contact or lonely voyeurism… Francois X entertains the listener with playful ambiguïty and unsettling, yet sensual atmospheres. Sometimes dirty, sometimes just quite naively elegant, the double-edged demeanor on this album fittingly concludes the Blade-Runner’s replicants-inspired triptych with his two previous EPs on DEMENT3D. X had envisioned Rachael as the last reference to the movie. The enigmatic, smart but unpredictibale woman. Exactly the kind of muse an artist seeks.
In the intimacy of his studio, he slowly reached a state of flux, where creation and narration blends in naturally. Just like when the dancers let go, X’s mind was pouring ideas. Quite a surprising variety of genres and references featured on this album, bridging a lot of influences and different compositions together – yet held together by a cinematic, sexual tension and blurry atmosphere. Much like his DJsets, you have to imagine Francois X running an esoteric ceremony of sexual wizardry and card-shuffling where bodies slowly moisten and yield to abandonment.
Band : Francois X Title : Unicorn Paranoia Release Date : 19 Sep ’16 Label : DEMENT3D RECORDS Catalog ref. : DM3D015
Two years after his latest solo appearance on DEMENT3D, Francois X, also co-founder of the label, reveals his new EP Unicorn Paranoia. A record that sounds slightly more intimate indeed, after a period marked by close collaborations, especially with Opuswerk (Hiss:1292) and Antigone (We Move As One). The active listener will surely notice a shift in François’s musical approach, the tribal shamanism – once his prevailing credo – has ceded the lead to a somewhat subtler blend of influences.The hypnotic affinity, inevitably one of the prepon- derant aspect in Francois’s previous material has combined with his strong house and industrial influences. Inspired by film directors he admires, François X immerses the listener in a distinct moment of intima- cy, both cinematic and captivating, with a very personal vision of the Club and Dance Music as a keystone. Let’s give him the floor for just a few words:
“Unicorn Paranoïa was inspired by a kind of mental utopia that I have of the Club and the electronic music movement as a whole. What I’m trying to transcribe through those few tracks is a daydream that appears to me once in a while, of a New-York City street in the twilight of a starry night. This picture is for me an incarnation of these moments of escape, that I lived many times after every night where this idealized House and Techno movement got me dreaming. It’s that particular fantasy at work on the track Vivid Dreams, for instance. The music coming out of that record is without a doubt techno with raw character. Nevertheless, there is a subtler and more delicate aspect to it that reflects one of the angles of what I feel is my approach to music. My DJ sets, for example, tend to aim at length and progression rather than instantaneous efficiency. I apply myself to bring about contemplation and reverie, those fleeting moments when “the magic” briefly performs. Persistence Hunting and Unicorn Paranoia are a perfect realization of that illusion: the lengthy progression should guide the listener towards an inexplicable frenzy. A fictitious or real one ?
Hence the Unicorn… this mythical animal, visiting many an ephemeral dream sequence. Here, I intended to make a reference to several things: to the movie Blade Runner for instance, where dreams are an essential part of the intrigue, as they help determine the human or robotic nature of each character. Deckard dreams of the chimera many times, together with the movie’s enigma, rely on a unicorn-shaped origami. Dreams and Utopia have had a central role in this record’s composition. The Dream, this ultimate pleasure indulged by music, by the passion dedicated to it; and the Utopia (this of the club), which makes us continuously endure nostalgia, sadness, and sometimes even bitterness in that perpetual quest toward an experience that may be found only in The Very First Time”.
RELEASE DATE …………………………………… 12=9TH OF SEPTEMBER 2016
DISTRIBUTION ………………………………………… CLONE.NL
Band : Antigone, Francois X Label : DEMENT3D RECORDS
For those who know Antigone and DEMENT3D’s co-founder Francois X, it is impossible to draw the line between their collaboration and friendship. Three years ago, when the duo began exchanging tips on records, production techniques and gears, they had nothing particular in mind. This strategy, or lack thereof, revealed to be much more beneficial to both. One night of 2013, Francois X invites Antigone to DSCRD’s studio — a creative bunker in Paris suburb that was DEMENT3D’s inner circle headquarters at the time. This friendly, spontaneous session quickly turned into a creative workshop and by the end of the evening, “The Hated SZ” was already there.
As you may imagine, projects spanning over such a long time can be risky. You get lost, but that’s what the boys wanted. While slowly affirming their personal sound signature, they were crafting new textures, where their mutual sense of fine dance music and detailed production would hit a new freedom threshold. Francois X admitted to be under the spell of Aposuspita, an art performance and mystical character created by French artist Laura O’Rorke for which he created the soundtrack. The result is a double-EP, the soundtrack of a powerful rite de passage between reality and fiction. A carefully crafted dance music record that tells a story and alters your mind. Just like Aposuspita sucks the pain away from her tribe, Antigone & Francois X’s “We Move As One” offers a modern day catharsis to the listener.
After three years of work, what began as an innocent one night stand turned into one of Paris most exciting release for year 2016. One of the first collaboration between two rising figures of the scene depicted in Resident Advisor’s 2012 “Paris Real Scenes”. A record that embodies the spirit of community that has been fostering the Parisian crowd for over 3 years and that is now reaching a new level, both socially and artistically. The Parisian scene has grown from a sparkle to an organized community of like-minded people, so has the relationship between those two bad boys, and we are proud to crystallize this wild energy on wax.
So finally, we get to release the long awaited debut EP of Francois X on DEMENT3D.
Francois X is a hard worker. Never tired of trying new experiences and starting new initiatives to focus on his energy. Since 2008 he’s been constantly involved in developing DEMENT3D. First as a DJ, then co-running the label, and more recently, remixing Polar Inertia, releasing his collaborative project with Opuswerk – Hiss : 1292 – (by the way, second Hiss EP is on its way…). Given all this history, it is only high time for him to unleash some of his black magic upon us, with his first full-blown EP since September 2011 (and that mighty Marcel Dettmann Remix) on the beloved Deeply Rooted imprint.
Much like hundreds of techno records that we love, Francois subtly weaves a canvas of very personal links between sound treatments and life events, time decay and society, spatialization and science-fiction, rumble and voodoo tribe rituals, and delivers some very powerful moments of raw and gritty music.
We’re very happy to let one of the two people we call “boss” share his music and vision, hope you’ll lose yourself on this one as much as we have.