Review: Featuring the collective talents of Dan Ghenacia, Dyed Sondorom and Shonky, it's little surprise the Apollonia project has swiftly become a force to be reckoned with in house music over the past two years. Less a production unit, more an excellent DJ tag team and label collective, Apollonia output to date has been the sole Trinidad 12" issued through their eponymous label back in 2013. A debut album then is something of an ambitious move, yet Tour a Tour demonstrates the Parisian trio are more than up to the task. Said to be inspired by their unified approach to Djing, the album consists of 13 tracks that ramp up the intensity deftly in a manner to reflect a DJ mix. French legends Phillip Zdar and Alexkid lend their considered touch to proceedings throughout.
Review: Apollonia co-head and all-round Parisian legend Dan Ghenacia steps up for his label's latest release. On The Egg EP, you can really hear the various shades of French house presented by a true expert who lived and played throughout the city's best times for over two decades. From the sexy and slinky late night bounce of "A La Coque" which could have been easily played at his Batofar residency at the turn of the millennium, and the tripped-out and slammin' shuffle of "Mykonos Huevos" (taking the best of early '90s Chicago) to the emotive dancefloor drama of "Sunny Side Up" taking on the very best of Detroit influences such as Terence Parker or Blake Baxter.
Review: Ten months on from his last EP (which, amazingly, was his first in four years), Shonky returns with a four-track trip into off-kilter tech-house territory. The experienced producer begins with the layered helium voices, bustling electronic melodies, alien noises and bouncy groove of "Tyrolien", before opting for a more bustling, bumping feel on the low-slung thrills of "Beat Street". The razor-sharp alien funk of "Torro Rosso", where mutant rave stabs and fizzing electronic motifs cluster around a rolling rhythm track, sees him begin side B in confident fashion, before rounding things off via the heavyweight late night wonkiness of "Serpent A Sonnette".