I: Cube 3 I: Cube 3
The French might find themselves in political disfavor with the US at the moment, but there's no question that their house music underground continues to outshine most of the world. Gilb'r's Versatile imprint offers a strong case in point-it's home to veteran producer Nicolas "I:Cube" Chaix, unquestionably one of the greatest finds of our electronic age. The eclectic I:Cube 3 moves from house to hip-hop and even folky acoustic, but Chaix binds it all together with a masterful understanding of rhythm that recalls another French great, Laurent Garnier. Check "Oblivion" to hear Chaix's trademark knack for piercing lounge atmospheres with taut deep house, and the whimsical "Vacuum Jackers," which suddenly closes with the sound of a vacuum cleaner turning off. Stunning.