With the release of his debut album (Epiphanie
, 2006), producer Para One from the Institubes posse (TTC
, Tacteel, Surkin) brought us hi-fi sounds from the French future: Dazzling synths and electro sheen built on classic techno and acid house; the robot-pop of daft punk melded with the eurocrunk hip-hop of TTC
27 year old Jean-Baptiste de Laubier got an early start in rap groups as a teenager, the production of mixtapes and movies led to meetings with and productions for various Parisian rappers, including label mate Tacteel, and a pivotal meeting with TTC
in 2001 - his production of the track Pas D'Armure
featuring Anticon’s Dose One
on their first album Ceci N'est Pas Un Disque
(2002) was what pushed him into the public eye.
In 2003 he released the Beat Down EP
(Institubes), which was played by the likes of Laurent Garnier, DJ/Rupture
, Team Shadetek, and Michael Mayer. Though regarded as his debut, the EP wasn't his first music publishing venture - from his earlier digital hip hop era stem some vinyl, cassettes and CD releases on smaller labels such as Co2 Activity, Quality Streetz and N Records.
The next year de Laubier produced six tracks on Bâtards Sensibles
acclaimed second album (Big Dada/V2, 2004), and has since been a fully-fledged member of the group. Then after a solo EP and a 7” in 2005, he released Dudun-dun
- the single that pointed the way to a revival of full-scale acid house. In 2006 he remixed Daft Punk (The Prime of Your Life
) turning it into a big time hit leading to a series of commissions from Trabant, Vegastar, and Mylo.
Para One is also one half of FuckALoop with Institubes' Tacteel, the other half. The emphasis is on techno with live experimentation; the influence of Detroit can be heard looming in the background. Most recently they remixed Ellen Allien's last single Down
De Laubier is also a filmmaker, and has had international screenings of his films.
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