Fresh off the success of their Neckbreaker tour alongside Funtcase and Habstrakt, the French bad boys known as Dirtyphonics checked in with us for a little French electronic music history lesson. Known for their own genre-blurring contributions, the ever-evolving trendsetters were more than happy to celebrate their fellow producers with an eclectic and inspiring playlist of essential French cuts.
Daft Punk was and is our biggest influence in terms of music and how they developed their art.
Laurent Garnier “Crispy Bacon” (F Communications, 1997)
Laurent Garnier is one of the first electronic artists we discovered in the mid ‘90s. He is a true pioneer in both production and DJing. We remember going to see him play because his mixes went from techno to disco, drum & bass, hip-hop, rock. He has been a big influence on our vision of music. “Crispy Bacon” is one of the techno anthems of that era.
Daft Punk “Around The world” (Virgin, 1995)
Do we really need to explain our choice? This band, this album, this song is a key to what brought electronic music to a much wider audience. It is a turning point in the electronic revolution and it defines the French Touch 1.0. It definitively put France on the worldwide electronic map. Daft Punk was and is our biggest influence in terms of music and how they developed their art.
DJ Snake “Propaganda” (Interscope, 2016)
So much respect for Snake! He is the new spokesman of French electronic music and we’re very proud of what he’s done. After killing the game with “Turn Down For What,” “Lean On” and more, “Propaganda” is a pure hybrid song between trap and riddim.
Justice “Stress” (Ed Banger, 2007)
Justice is one of the acts that has changed the face of French electro in the 2000s. They infused a punk attitude and a grittier texture into electro. “Stress” (and its controversial music video) is one of the songs that stood out when we first heard it—there is so much tension in this track.
Habstrakt “My People” (Never Say Die, 2016)
The new generation of bass music in France, Habstrakt creates a mix of heavy dubstep and bass house—a genre that he has largely contributed to create. We’ve been following him since day one and we’re very happy that finally got to invite him to join us on the Neckbreaker Tour, keep an eye on him! “My People” is a song we’ve been playing for a while and goes hard every time—Habstrakt’s straight fire signature sound.
Point Point “Life In Grey” (OWSLA, 2015)
We had to finish this list with Point Point. We’ve been friends with them for years and their music is so fresh! The French scene is blooming in all directions and we’re proud of all our compatriots that push the boundaries of music with us. “Life In Grey” is a super groovy future song that tickles your emotions.
Witness Dirtyphonics poolside at our annual EDC week Bassrush pool party, tickets available here.