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Etienne de Crécy

Parisian deep house DJ and producer Etienne de Crécy was a key figure behind the French capital's rise as one of the world's dance music hubs during the 1990s. His first big project was Motorbass, a duo with future Cassius member Philippe Zdar that released a string of smoothly uptempo, funky records in the early '90s. He then went solo, hitting big with the Super Discount album in 1996. After that, he split his time releasing his own records (like 2000's disco house-inspired Tempovision and two more volumes of the Super Discount series, one in 2004 and one in 2015) and remixing artists like Air, Chromeo, and Kraftwerk. Born in Lyon, de Crécy began his music career in the late '80s with the band Louba in Versailles, on the outskirts of Paris. When the band folded, de Crécy set up shop in the capital and gravitated toward studio work with hip-hop and house, a move that swiftly earned him plenty of street cred. His first major undertaking, the deep house project Motorbass, grabbed a cult following soon after its launch in 1991. The project, a collaboration with Zdar (who went on to release the chart-topping album 1999 with Cassius), was what first alerted the world to the rapidly evolving dance music scene in Paris. It spawned such underground favorites as the Motorbass EP and "Transphunk" single, and climaxed with the release of the Pansoul album in 1996. Only a few months later, de Crécy served up the very popular Super Discount album, offering his own house tunes (including the standout "Prix Choc"), as well as remixes of Air and Alex Gopher songs. Dance music critics around the globe were again praising the Parisian in late 2000 courtesy of the Tempovision album -- a collection of disco house and downbeat tunes, such as "Am I Wrong?" and "Scratched" -- released under his own name. In 2004, de Crécy released Super Discount, Vol. 2, again featuring help from Zdar and Alex Gopher. In the years that followed, de Crécy stayed busy remixing a wide variety of artists; he did a mix CD (2005's House Party for the Most label) and also released a number of singles under his name for various labels, including his own Pixadelic. In 2011, Dim Mak issued Beats 'n' Cubes, Vol. 1, a collection of these singles. The next year, de Crécy released an ambitious career-spanning collection of his work, My Contribution to the Global Warming. Featuring guest appearances from Alex Gopher and De La Soul's Pos and Dave, Super Discount, Vol. 3 followed in 2015. In 2017, he released a four-part series of EPs under the title After that showed him to be as inventive a producer as ever. In 2018, he teamed with Baxter Dury and Skinny Girl Diet vocalist Delilah Holliday to release a short album of electro-tinged debauched balladry titled B.E.D.
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