Author: Zoe Ettinger
Paris-based artist, Lazare Hoche’s (aka Charlie Naffah), recently released track, Follow, is the pinnacle of minimalism that so many house DJs and producers try to achieve.
The album, I Don’t Sync So Pt. 2 comes as the second in his series, following from I Don’t Sync So Pt. 1. Lazare Hoche definitely set the stage for his incredible first album, featuring such tracks as Naive, Oh!! Snap and Damn Near Made It, which along with their creative names, illustrate a truly individual production style and mode of electronic production. He brings the groove to house music, utilizing a similar bassline in each track, yet it never feels overdone. Each track feels carefully prepared and beautifully orchestrated, as he incorporates unexpected yet very many welcome instrumentals. In “Follow” he starts with a fast-paced electronic beat and gives the listener something to bump to right away. He’s perfected upbeat sound as a preliminary.
Lazare Hoche hasn’t done all these dope producing on his own. He is working with his friend and colleague Malin Génie. Génie is a Dutch artist/producer, and the two started working together in Paris. These guys are setting the stage for new-age house DJs, as they haven’t followed the traditional path to artistic success. Instead of sending out tracks and waiting to be recognized, Hoche actually set up his own little club in his apartment, and DJed live shows from there. His underground vibe is mirrored in his music, as it’s its far from typical. In “Follow” he incorporates elements of soul and even a mix of alternative style vocals. His samples right on key and allows for a mixture of electronica and alternative that I just haven’t heard before.
Overall, I just don’t have enough good things to say about Lazare Hoche. Listen to either of these incredible albums, and I think you’ll see what I’m talking about.