French techno/house producer I:Cube (aka Nicholas Chaix), along with such artists as Air, Motorbass, and Daft Punk, was one of the most hyped underground acts on Paris' resurging dance scene during 1996-97 (with the difference that, instead of the industry, it was those artists doing the hyping). Similar in some respects to his colleagues, I:Cube's near-comprehensive fusion of the range of minimal electronic dance musics -- a molten concoction of funk, soul, electro, trance, Chicago house, and Detroit techno -- first surfaced through the "Disco Cubism" single (on popular Parisian DJ Gilb-R's Versatile label) in 1996. Made all the more amazing by the discovery that it was the work of a teenage schoolboy, the single's popularity was upped considerably by the full-length debut, Picnic Attack, which appeared the following year. Informed by a heavy dose of driving, minimal, trance-oriented techno, the album helped distinguish I:Cube's style from that of his more press-hounded countrymates (and attracted a fair amount of hounding on its own). A surprising and consistently inventive release, the album (along with Daft Punk's Homework and the Sourcelab label compilations) gave considerable weight to the notion that Paris' dance underground is among the least stylistically segregated around, producing innovative, compositionally accomplished music both clear in focus and broad in scope. Adore, an album that pleased the dance floor and couch heads, followed in 2000. Around the album's release he released a collaberation with DJ Gilb-R as Chateau Flight. ~ Sean Cooper
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Techno - Released June 23, 2009 | Versatile Records
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One of the more interesting, inventive releases among the new crop of Parisian house/techno talent, I:Cube's full-length debut for Versatile covers similar territory to other recent debuts from Motorbass and Daft Punk. I:Cube's ups the trance quotient, however, making for a driving brand of funky, soulful techno with both depth and velocity. Cleaner, tighter production also adds to the album's appeal. ~ Sean Cooper
Techno - Released May 10, 1999 | Versatile Records
Paris has long been a haven for jazz types looking to prosper. With its combination of high-culture and hipster fashion, it is little wonder that Paris has spawned classy electronica artists like Gilb'r, DJ Cam and Nicolas Croix, aka I:cube. Adore is I:Cube's second and most accomplished full-length. Expertly fusing old French lounge vibes with down-tempo techno beats, it easily competes with French superstars Air for cool kid coffee shop music. But a deeper look reveals an informed musical lesson several grades ahead of the competition. The title track and "Tropiq" offer chilled beats with jazzy undercurrents, while "La La La" takes full advantage of the disco/house expected from the Gallic artist. Croix even goes so far as to toy with those expectations, with the cheesy disco false start on "The Basic Bastard." But he moves way beyond the expected, into territories of minimal dub on "Dans La Piece Vide," Detroit techno on "Gastro Funk," and even elements of abrasive IDM on "Caca Carnival." By stretching his wings notably wider than many of his geographic contemporaries, Croix has produced an album that deserves much more attention than mere dinner party music. ~ Joshua Glazer
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