Dutch producer French II has returned with a blistering 4-song EP called CD is Dead. After gaining traction in the dance scene with the hard-hitting EP’s Hytune and Control, he re-located to Berlin and joined forces with Intercept Records for a new refreshing and energizing new release in CD is Dead, a set of 4 tracks that finds the artist testing new ground, incorporating electronic elements synonymous with the UK such as breakbeat, garage, and two-step.
Infectious, mesmerizing opener "CD is Dead" sets the tone for the project with sleek, cold synths and wobbly bass-lines underscoring grime-influenced vocal samples. This track transitions smoothly into project highlight "Frequency", which contains textural, expansive synth lines and heavy, driving drums that meld with an addictive and powerful bass-line to create an exhilarating mood. Containing vocal samples that also draw from UK hip-hop, "Frequency" makes for an intriguing combination of electronic and hip-hop stylings. Next, "Shot Caller" brings in a garage influence with grooving, syncopated drums and dark synths. Relentlessly dark yet simultaneously ready for the dance floor, "Shot Caller" makes for a cathartic and cavernous listen. Lastly, "Still Here" is vital and grand, containing wailing, siren-like synths and crisp, flexible percussion that make it impossible to sit still.
The latest from Berlin-based producer French II, CD is Dead fuses influences from garage, breakbeat, hip-hop, and more into a stylish and memorable blend. Dark and moody and yet very much primed for the dance floor, the EP finds the him at a creative high point with its eclectic, versatile sound.