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Dance - Released March 31, 1997 | F Communications

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30 is a seemingly effortless blend of classic Chicago jacking house with minimalistic acid funk and the occasional detour into trip-hop and ambient house. Enhanced by Laurent Garnier's longtime DJ work, the superb mix and feel for what should come next inform production skills to an incredible degree. The single "Crispy Bacon" is one of the seminal moments in the history of acid, while "Sweet Mellow D" and the mid-tempo "For Max" provide other highlights. The superb jacking theme "The Hoe" and "Flashback" (dedicated to the recently deceased Armando) are two of the more overtly Chicago-inspired tracks, but 30 is a stunning album throughout. © John Bush /TiVo
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Dance - Released February 7, 2000 | F Communications

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Techno - Released November 6, 2020 | Mixmag Records

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Film Soundtracks - Released September 29, 2020 | BONNE PIOCHE MUSIC

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Electronic - Released August 28, 2006 | F Communications

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Electronic - Released May 17, 1998 | F Communications

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Techno - Released May 18, 2015 | F Communications

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Electronic - Released June 5, 2020 | F Communications

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Electronic - Released April 24, 2020 | F Communications

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Electronic - Released January 24, 2005 | F Communications

Numerous veteran producers of dance music made safe albums throughout the early 2000s. They either confined themselves to being inspired by nothing but their past releases or lost their way entirely, turning out muck that didn't illuminate any more than a nondescript chillout compilation. Laurent Garnier, however, takes more chances than ever with The Cloud Making Machine, a sprawling, moody album guaranteed to throw longtime fans for a loop (if 2000's Unreasonable Behaviour didn't do it, this one will). The producer is joined by several musicians, including pianist Bugge Wesseltoft, vocalist/oud player Dhafer Youssef, and percussionist Sangoma Everett. In a sense, the album is an extension of 2004's Excess Luggage, his imposing five-disc mix that took in Detroit techno, Chicago house, film scores, dour chamber pop group Tindersticks and British folk-hero John Martyn. Few tracks are related in any way to the dancefloor, and even those are slightly bent, regularly funneling into compositions that inspire deep thought. The whole thing is more visual than visceral. While some producers are content with making albums that take few risks and no more than a couple spins to understand and quickly forget, The Cloud Making Machine requires a lot more from its listener. It's often impenetrable and there are a couple derailments -- hear the Stooges-inspired knuckle dragger "(I Wanna Be) Waiting for My Plane," which also turns out to be Garnier's "We're an American Band" -- but it's never off-putting. © Andy Kellman /TiVo
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Techno - Released May 18, 2015 | F Communications

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Electronic - Released March 27, 2000 | F Communications

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Dance - Released October 24, 1994 | F Communications

As a DJ and producer, Laurent Garnier has never attempted to disguise his endless love for classic Detroit techno and Chicago acid-house. On his first album, Garnier blatantly follows the blueprint laid by the music's pioneers, although he rarely lives up to the lofty expectations. It seems as though Garnier's technical skills did not match his musical aspirations. The cutting acid whip of "Astral Dreams" takes the minimal jack beat to the next level of aggression, but loses most of its funk in the process. "The Force," with it Darth Vader vocals, is "Garnier's" attempt to re-create Lil' Louis' dark masterpiece "Blackout," but comes off more joking rave than epic apocalypse. The hyper-speed "Geometric World" follows like an exploding hoover blitz, moving the record even closer to Belgium hardcore-rave and further from the original Midwest soul. Fortunately for Garnier, all can be forgiven by the fact that his later albums would reach, and in some ways surpass, the historical landmarks he continues to visit. Shot in the Dark is comforting proof that even the most astoundingly talent musicians need time to learn their craft. © Joshua Glazer /TiVo
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Electronic - Released April 1, 1993 | Wagram Music

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Electronic - Released July 24, 2020 | F Communications

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Electronic - Released February 3, 1997 | F Communications

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Techno - Released May 17, 1998 | F Communications

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Electronic - Released July 15, 2007 | F Communications

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Electronic - Released July 18, 2005 | F Communications

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Dance - Released June 23, 1997 | F Communications