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Part of the Deep South takeover
As part of our Deep South takeover, selecting tracks for us is The Reflex, the London-based French DJ/Producer. Nicolas Laugier, was into remixing from a young age. He was brought up in the era of first wave disco, which DJs famously chopped, extended and reinvented for the club.
The Reflex has breathed the same life into disco today. By getting hold of the original stems of iconic tracks, Laugier reworks and repackages them into club ready crowd pleasers. These ‘Reflex Revisions’ have propelled The Reflex into the spotlight in recent years.
If you’ve not heard it, go and listen to The Reflex revision of Michael Jackson’s ‘Rock With You’. Gilles Peterson brought the song into the spotlight 3 years ago, and it was soon being spun by top selectors regardless of style. The iconic tune is reimagined with previously unheard vocals and instrumentation, with shimmering opening guitar chords setting the tone for a long night of boogying.
The Reflex treats his remixes with a care and respect that’s reminiscent of that bygone era of disco. Tom Moulton, Walter Gibbons, or even Larry Levan come to mind when listening to his edits. Rather than shoehorning in a style, or adding in bass sounds or kicks, Laugier allows the original recordings to heavy lifting. It’s amazing how much impact these tracks can have given this limitation. From Nile Rodgers, Giorgio Moroder and The Jacksons, to Skream and Eats Everything, Laugier’s respect for the originals has garnered fans from all corners of the musical world.
It’s not all about old tracks for The Reflex. Laugier has also been applying this stems-only formula to contemporary songs, showing off his skills producing over 35 official remixes for Noel Gallagher, Cerrone, The Kooks, Seun Kuti, Roy Ayers, Simply Red and Nile Rodgers. Having clearly established himself as one of the best in the remixing biz, now is the time to check out this French DJ / producer if you haven’t already. Today, he selects four recent Bandcamp discoveries.