To launch 2014, we choose to repeat what we did for our last podcast and tweak it. We pair two creators; one producer, one visual artist and present both to you. Our sixth installment showcases the sounds of Belgian-born and Montreal-based producer Le Motel, with whom we sat down to chat about the podcast last week, and artwork by California artist Tyler Spangler.
Fabien aka Le Motel started producing merely 2 years ago and is already developping a sound that is slowly becoming quite distinctive. His tracks recently caught the attention of the California-based label TAR (home of well-respected producers such as DJ Manny and DJ Earl). Part of what makes Le Motel unique is his odd obsession with voodoo culture. Fabien is somewhat of a self-taught ethnomusicologist who began gathering various “world music” samples years before producing music of his own. Aside from voodoo, Le Motel also cites Shlohmo, Machinedrum and Boards of Canada as important influences.
For this podcast, Le Motel decided to focus on his latest fixation; 160 bpm, a tempo with a special propensity for polyrhythms which he himself decribes as “tense” and “sexual”. The man also decided to let us in on a couple of exclusives by DJ Earl & Sirr Tmo and himself (don’t mention it). For more Le Motel, we recommend you look into the work he did with YellowStraps (here and here) and a mix he made for LDBK last September (here). A little bird told us you might even hear his music being played at tonight’s Boiler Room LA x TAR.
The artwork for this podcast is provided by Tyler Spangler whose work, to quote his art teacher, looks like “a high school year book on acid”. His collages are made up of photographs and other images removed from their original context and put into a new context where form becomes content. Re-contextualization is a major theme for both Tyler and Le Motel. We were happy to get the permission to use Tyler’s piece. We strongly suggest you visit his website (new collages uploaded regurlaly).