The third installment in our mix series comes from New York renaissance man Jacques Renault who’s cooked up a potent, varied and intoxicating brew of thumping house music and up-tempo dance floor curveballs. Recorded live and packing just the right amount of drum machine-fetishism, ethereal piano, timeless horns and bouncy percussion to keep you revisiting the selection time and time again, the third edition in the AIAIAI Mix series is an hour and 42 minutes in the company of a man who quite clearly knows what he’s doing.
Even if you’re new to the dance music game, you'll probably know Jacques Renault from the outstanding remix he did of Midnight Magic’s ‘Beam Me Up.’ That insanely catchy disco gem, which had electronic music enthusiasts the world over clamoring, knocking drinks over and elbowing the competition to get a spot on the dance floor once they laid ears on that utterly addictive combination of bassline, keys and Tiffany Roth’s beckoning vocals.
But if that’s your only point of reference, there’s quite a bit left to discover. Over course of the last 10-15 years or so, Jacques has made a name for himself through high-profile gigs in the world’s musical hotspots(Tokyo’s Womb, London’s Fabric and Plastic People and Berlin’s Panorama Bar), and releases on consistently brilliant labels like DFA, Italians Do It Better, Permanent Vacation, and I’m a Cliché.
What’s more, Let’s Play House, Jacques’ club night turned record label has become something of a fixture on the international party circuit (as quality New York parties are wont to do) with appearances and output from Toby Tobias, Dead Rose Music Company and Bicep. You will in other words be hard pressed to find a DJ more skilled in the timeless, giddy art of spinning records than Jacques Renault.
Here’s what Jacques had to say about the mix:
‘After traveling for over 3 months at the top of 2014, my first gig back in the states was in Brooklyn at Cameo on April 18th. I brought out my mixer, a bunch of music and played all night from open to close - here’s a bit of the night.’
Time to press play and get into the swing of things: