Benoit & Sergio Live, La Fleur

Friday, November 25, 2016

  • Benoit & Sergio ( Spectral, DFA, Visionquest | FR/US )
  • La Fleur ( Cocoon, Watergate, Powerplant | Sweden )
  • Solomon Sanchez

  • FlashBar:
  • Eric Pecoraro ( NYC )
  • Philip Goyette ( Flash, ESL | DC )

  • Green ROom:  Jackson Ryland Bday Bash
  • Jackson Ryland ( Music Is Love, RP | DC )
  • Dansman ( Flash, Bodyfeel | DC )

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Benoit & Sergio produce dance songs that sometimes seem like musical open letters; editorials narrated in the voices of unidentified, yet totally recognizable colorful characters, read aloud against a backdrop of beautifully lush, warm and sensuous electronic pop music. Their discography reads like a who's who of underground dance, with records coming on Spectral Sound, Visionquest, Hot Creations and DFA. 

La Fleur is the Swedish-born, Berlin-based former pharmacist making waves in the global scene with her bombastic, chugging techno sound. La Fleur can be found most nights playing at Watergate, which has also become an outlet for her productions. Hot off a release on the legendary Cocoon Recordings, La Fleur joins us this Black Friday for her second club appearance. Solomon Sanchez lays down the soundtrack to your dreams as the night begins.

Rush Plus' Jackson Ryland celebrates his birthday in the Green Room (roof) with longtime associate dance floor associate Dansman. Philip Goyette invites NYC's Eric Pecoraro to join him on our newly-boosted FlashBar system.

Benoit & Sergio

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This French/US duo met at an after party in Berlin, and it wasn’t long before their signature combination of rich synth work combined with pop influenced lyrical magic and impressive songwriting had been released on labels such as Spectral Sound, DFA, Visionquest, Hot Creations and Culprit.

Benoit & Sergio draw from influences mostly uncommon to the house and techno zeitgeist; bands like The Talking Heads, Pavement and Roxy Music are all sources of inspiration, along with electronic acts ranging from Daft Punk to Ricardo Villalobos.All these influences resonate clearly in their music, joined by a kind of sexualized melodrama that makes its way into lyrics about loneliness, French girls, wine and Ferraris.

The past few years have brought a haul of critical accolades, including iTunes Breakthrough Electronic Artists of the Year (2011), Resident Advisor Top 10 Live acts (2011, 2012), Vibe Magazine's Top Duos (2013) and GQ Magazine's top American electronic acts (2014). Their ubiquitous remix of Hot Natured's 'Reverse Skydiving' received recognition as one of Billboard's top 50 game-changing tracks (2013), with a similar recognition for 'Your Darkness' by Pulse Radio (2014). Recently, they were nominated for the 'Best Indie Dance / Underground DJ' category at the 30th Annual Winter Music Conference (2015). Remix-wise, Benoit & Sergio have been invited to work on tracks from indie pop acts such as Matthew Dear, Metronomy and Friendly Fires.

The pair have toured extensively throughout the last year, as well as spending time in their Berlin and DC studios preparing an EP for Soul Clap and further material to be released in 2015.

La Fleur

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Don’t even think about putting La Fleur into a box. For a start,she’s had too many twists and turns in her career to be edged intoone particular corner. “I don’t like the word perfectionist becausesometimes it makes it hard to think outside the box,” she smiles.“But actually, I’m a lot like that! I have a real attention to details. I'mnever really satisfied with things – so I work and work until it feelsright. I never leave anything to chance."

La Fleur actually started her working life as a pharmacist – butdespite her acute understanding of laboratories, her passion wasfor an altogether different kind of mixing. “My choice of career….Well, it came to a point where I had to choose…. and I like the wayit’s turned out!” It was an active choice to make music, and LaFleur chose with her heart - and feet. Her first residencies were atSunday Secrets at Berns in Stockholm and the infamous GrodanCocktail Club.

With a slew of cutting-edge club productions under her beltgarnering praise and attention from producers like Ian Pooley andCarl Craig and clubs like Watergate and Panorama Bar alike, LaFleur’s sound is simultaneously house and techno, classic andfuturistic alike. She knows how to speak to a crowd and – just asimportantly – she knows how to make them move. With her Flowerhead EP already a classic (and with new mix package due in 2016), it’s clear that making music (and moves) are key to La Fleur’s core beliefs.

Playing extended sets as the sun comes up while entertaining andeducating is something that La Fleur worked long and hardtowards. Not just what to play, but when to play and how to play it.2008 saw La Fleur’s first forays into the studio, with her remix ofDavid Ekenbäck’s "Nairu" and 2010 and 2011 added further stringsto La Fleur’s bow, with the founding of her independent imprintPower Plant Records and remixes for Stuffa, Martin Dawson andJesper Ryom. Building on the success of the Flowerhead EP,Eavesdropper and Flowerhead Revisited, 2012 marked a newchapter for La Fleur as she moved ever closer to her innermostmusical ambitions. Remixes for Adana Twins and Magit Cacoonconsolidated her position as a go-to remixer, and in 2014 sheadded her magic touch to Jesper Ryom and Kerri Chandler.

The last couple of years have been pretty momentous for La Fleurtoo. Having been nominated three years in a row, she had thehonour of winning the prestigious P3 Guld award prize for 'BestElectronic act' in 2014 (P3 are the Swedish equivalent of theGrammys), she also saw her distinctive music remixed by some ofthe finest techno producers to ever emerge out of Detroit. Her‘Arms Around EP’ included a remix from legendary Planet Eproducer Carl Craig, and her previous release on Watergate(‘Nightflow’) was re-cooked to perfection by Kenny Larkin. Shealso released an excellent DJ mix for Watergate (CD16), cited byMixmag as one of the best in the series to date. She alsoperformed brilliantly on The Boiler Room in May, playing alongsideM.A.N.D.Y. and Franceso Tristano in Berlin. 2015 also saw Sannarelease a slew of on-point productions, including her first-ever EPfor Sasha’s blossoming Last Night On Earth imprint as well as thewell-received ‘Make A Move’ EP, including that killer title trackwhich saw La Fleur move up a gear. Then came remixes for KateBoy and Ane Brun and remixes for AndHim and Francesca Lombardo.

That just leaves 2016, which has been her busiest and mostexciting season yet. There’s already been a new EP for Watergate(the Hedione EP), and ‘Vervein’ released as part of a new sampler forMadHouse, continuing La Fleur’s blossoming friendship with KerriChandler. And as we write this, her debut for Cocoon Recordings –the epic, brooding ‘Chemicality’ – is about to drop on the newCocoon P compilation: exciting times indeed. As well as Cocoon,La Fleur also cemented a techno friendship with Richie Hawtin andthe PLAYdifferently/MODEL1 team when she performed at BoilerRoom alongside Richie and Dubfire. She also released the PowerPlant 5 Years compilation which featured brand new music fromAcid Mondays, Justin Massei and of course her own good self.Back in March, La Fleur made her Mixmag Lab debut alongsideB.Traits and throughout the year, she also delivered key radiomixes for Pete Tong, B.Traits and Heidi in the US and UK,reflecting her new-found status in the European and US dancecommunity: indeed, that Boiler Room appearance and a wellreceivedset at the legendary Movement festival in Detroit all pointto a flourishing future in the electronic landscape, especially inAmerica. We can’t wait to see what next year brings.