April 27, 2013
Franck Roger was there in the beginning. From his allegiance with Real Tone Records to commissions from legends such as Masters At Work, he has given many years of service to the groove. ‘Extensions Of Yesterday’ is a testament to his slow and calm evolution, staying true to his fundamental sound without ever resting for too long.
Roger represents that most dependable and humble of talents; never following the hype or tapping into overused approaches. Only ever delivering one previous album, Circus Company now bring to light an overdue long-player that embraces the classical nature of a true house music great, while writing a new chapter in his on-going story.
With ‘Extensions Of Yesterday’ the Parisien talent hopes to inspire people to slow down and invest more time in their craft in a fast-pace age where imitating is the norm. “This is my vision of where house music is today, looking at the past but also focused on the future and exploring music creation and sound design as an investment. The more money and time put into the music, the longer it will last.”
There are moments of heart-warming familiarity on ‘Extensions Of Yesterday’, and this is no more apparent than in the soulful croon of Franck Roger’s long-standing vocalist of choice, Mandel Turner, on the centre-piece track “Sands Of Time”. It’s punchy and layered with feel-good energy, exploring an abundance of passion and pride for the good old days. But Rogers is about bringing that feeling forwards rather than trying to go back to it.
Away from these more flamboyant moments, the album moves into more searching, adventurous tones. There is a hypnotic, dubby sensibility to a lot of the tracks, as luxurious chords echo around unmistakable Roger percussion. Using a traditional analogue approach, Roger incorporates various musical influences from his fifteen-year history. You can just as easily find yourself roused by soaring techno visions full of empowering melodies, or subconsciously slide down into smoked-out boogie for the 21st century.
In the here and now of house and techno, a flux is taking place. The newest generation of souls possessed by the beat have never had a better chance to look back at the unbridled creativity and vitality of the 80s and 90s, and channel it into their contemporary creations. The gospel of Youtube and a wealth of mixes with convenient tracklists make it easy for lazy artists to absorb what was great before and reflect it in their contemporary productions.
While all around him young upstarts attempt to define their sound through the achievements of their forefathers, Franck Roger strides forth with a maturity that can only come from one who has already done yesterday and now looks to the next logical step.
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