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Profile: JACQUES GREENE
Country of origin: Canada, Montreal
Jacques Greene; real name Philippe Aubin-Dionne, makes the newer brand of deep house but with a nod to the great house sounds of the past - acid, Chicago, disco, all the bits of quality vibes we agree with at #ReclaimEDM.
Released on Hudson Mohawke's label Lucky Me, his 2017 debut album 'Feel Infinite' was written over the course of two years, and one can hear the creative spirit of Montreal deeply imbued within the record. "I kept the collaborations really limited and to people I have real relationships with - an appreciation and respect for the world around me," says Greene of the one vocal collaboration with How To Dress Well and artistic collaborations with visual artist and designer Hassan Rahim, director Melissa Matos (of Trusst) and photographer Mathieu Fortin. "I never want to forget my place within the world - my city, my identity."
Present on the record are Greene's R&B vocal chops that he popularised in new club music - but here he returns to their original purpose: his own reference to Masters Of Work, where they drew from their primary influence in disco, Greene draws upon his own formative music - think contemporary music in the 90s, hip hop and R&B, and all that changed when a high school history teacher introduced him to Aphex Twin, precipitating a mind-blowing realization that "music doesn't have to be angry white men over a guitar."
He is also not new to the game; his music appeared on hip record labels like Bok Bok's Night Slugs, Martyn's 3024 and UNO, and Greene expanded his collaborations to include fashion with cult Canadian designer Rad Hourani and art institutions like the prestigious London's Tate Modern. His remixes must have also earned him the deserving clout from crossover audiences of Radiohead ("Lotus Flower", 2011) to Flume ("Like Water", 2017) around the world. In 2011, Jacques Greene released the single "Another Girl" which Pitchfork included in its list of best tracks of the decade. He created his own label Vase Records to release some of his own music ("Concealer", 2012) and other artists including Koreless, Zodiac, Arclight, Samoyed and Gorgeous Children.
Singapore, 26 Jan 2018 Fri, Gillman Barracks
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