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In Session: Mandar

An influences mix from the rising tech-house trio

  • Funster
  • 13 October 2016

Not since Apollonia have a trio of DJs excited us as much as Mandar do.

The combination of Lazare Hoche, S.A.M and Malin Genie is one of the most tantalising, technically proficient and damn right bumping formations on the circuit at the moment.

Before you can appreciate and understand the Mandar sound, you must first dissect the components that make it what it is. All three of the artists involved bear a unique yet familiar sound and each of these strains combine to make something special.

Lazare Hoche is the Parisian who's known for being one of the best at crafting delicate beats and sumptuous grooves, as showcased via his imprint Lazare Hoche Records. The label's output matches his stylistic sensibilities with artists like S3A, Larry De Kat and Point G (under his Headcore alias) having all released.

Dutchman Malin Genie has produced a few collaborative EPs via Lazare's label as well and if the Frenchman sculpts tech that glides and soothes then Genie's bears a slighty more rugged sound. Having dropped EPs on Slapfunk and Will & Ink, his productions are a prominent part of Mandar's aesthetic, which leaves one more member to add to the fold: S.A.M.

The Danish producer and owner of Delaphine has been involved with a wealth of imprints such as Concrete, Nord Records and Constant Sound, although we first found his music via Julian Perez's Fathers & Sons label and were blown away. Again, he's another producer that creates tech house that oozes class and emotion but it's a style that works even better when merged as collective.

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