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Etienne Jaumet Night Music

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Mixed by Carl Craig, French producer Etienne Jaumet's first solo album delivers. 20-minute opener "For Falling Asleep" utilizes looped, occasionally acidy arpeggiations, with a processed saxophone providing the piece's main melody. Weird whisperings and ululations provide the piece with some foreboding undertones that wouldn't make for pleasant dreams, but the pastoral final minutes are dreamy enough for an afternoon nap. As the record continues, shades of early Nu Groove synth workouts and more esoteric Detroit techno come to the fore, with purposefully minimal and raw-seeming arrangements being the record's M.O. After hearing the Middle Eastern flavor of "Through the Strata" and the excellent atmospherics of album closer "At the Crack of Dawn," it's clear that Night Music is an unshakable, timeless piece of electronic music.