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St. Germain: Refueling His Passion

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This article was translated from French. Every once in a while a new album will force you to reconfigure and re-evaluate all of the definitions and assumptions one has had about music in order to realize how vast and endless the possibilities of music can be. When it comes to producer and composer Ludovic Navarre it's a case of three albums which have shown the endless possibilities of electronic music and the endless horizons it can and has ...

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St. Germain: St. Germain

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There are really a handful of artists that are as eclectic as producer/DJ Ludovic Navarre and which have managed to enjoy major chart success. Navarre, better known under the moniker St. Germain, has created a seamless blend of jazz and deep house that captured the imagination of listeners worldwide with the release of the seminal album Tourist. The album was not just simple electronic music using samples or fusing elements from jazz and marrying them with dance beats, but it ...

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St. Germain: Tourist

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Whether chilling out, working out or getting down, the latest mix from one of Blue Note's boldest imports has the stuff to get it to ya.

From the peppy five take of the opening single “Rose Rogue" to the Hammond-ed gospel of “Land of'" and the frenetic bourre of “So Flute," St. Germain guides brave aural tourists through a wild ride through the many sides of jazz. The riddims of “Montego Bay Spleen" are pure dance hall, while the rhythms ...

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St. Germain: Tourist

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The attempt to blur and redefine genres by combining techno and jazz began roughly 10 years ago, and French DJ St. Germain (aka Ludovic Navarre) has become one of the more celebrated practitioners of the very young art form. A risk that goes with this territory is that in the hope of pleasing techno and jazz fans, one may simply alienate both. Thus was the music on Tourist recently dismissed in the Village Voice as “NPR techno." Presumably, for someone ...

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St Germain: Tourist

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Picking a favorite album each year is an exhausting emotional process and always creates much controversy within my mind and this year was no exception. Picking a favorite album is not based on just artistic merit but also how that album integrates itself into my life. 2000 represented a transition in my life, a journey of sorts and what better way to represent the soundtrack to your life than with a deft eclectic musical voyage. Overall, my favorite albums of ...