Point G: Review on the labels catalogue plus interview

Point G: Review on the labels catalogue plus interview
Since 2013 Point G is both name and label for French House icon Gregory Darsas activities in the matter of electronic music and has been, with 14 releases up to now, as fruitful in quantity as in quality. So any time is a good time to have a look at this great back catalogue again and recall one or two extraordinary tunes. It (of course) all started with catalogue number 1 and it started amazingly well: The minimal funk touch of Indian or the deep and massive bass line of Dim, all sample-heavy and spiritually guided by the Nineties underground house from New York, yet always equipped with that special twist set the agenda for the tracks to come. The following releases do quite differ though, there's some really functional tooly House on the five cuts, slick and kicking, that made cat.number 4, and there are  the fantastic broken beats on Bona and Delta the two tracks that are cat.number 5. These broken beat adventures, you wouldn't actually call them House Music, are built upon mainly one idea of sound, a hammering bass drum, a spooky voice sample and a vibrating buzz, repeated and shifted all over again. It's a masterclass in tension and minimalism and still there's an elegance hiding beneath the abstract and brittle surface. Funnily (and intentionally, i guess) the following release is quite the opposite, the swaying 11 minutes of Balea develop almost trancey spirits, deliciously uplifting and superintense. So well-produced it hurts. Same goes for the opulent You (on cat.number 7), lucid transparency over lush driving House beats. This years' Avignon illustrates quite well Gregory Darsas abilitiy to get the maximum result out of his tracks by giving them the solid grooves needed for the clubs but always avoiding the too obvious by leaving out the ever catchy strings or the commonplace hi hats and rather cutting and slicing some strange noises until they generate a flawless subtle flow. Classy (and timeless) stuff all the way from Point G who has been around for some years and obviously had time enough to perfect his skills. So let's hope this stream of releases will be an endless one (or at least go on for quite a while) because this is just marvellous. Written by João Geck Interview with Point G aka Gregory Darsa talking about the label, todays house scene in France and more. Questions by João Geck   Point G_logo_300 Q: Your oeuvre as/on Point G is a quite diverse one, lots of your tracks are reduced and do not lack a certain club functionality but mostly there’s more to it. What do you want to express with your music and what are your influences and inspirations? A: I suppose that it's first about the sound that I try to keep analog with a certain retro feel that I'm tryin' to put in a modern loopy feeling with all the influences that is my background , the music that I've been listening for so long Q: As you have indeed a history in House Music, being around under different names (such as DJ Gregory and as part of Africanism) on different labels (such as your own Faya Combo, Versatile and Defected) since the mid-90ties: what has changed over the years for you personally and generally in House and what keeps you going? A: I have the feeling that it's constantly changing thru the years with some good aspect and some that makes it a bit more difficult , so much music today , so much goin' on the net you wonder once in a while if it's always about music , in the meantime it opens up too a lot of creativity . I really like what I do and still want challenge myself that's really what  keep me going. Q: You run Point G as a label for your own your stuff and nothing else. Why do you do it this way? A: I could release others people tracks or collab but as i am doin' everything by myself I wouldn t be able to promote the music as it could be expected by certain artists and I kind of consider the label as a platform of expression of my work a bit same as I did in the past with Faya Combo where I could release from one genre to another Q: What do you think about todays House scene in France? Do you have any new names for us to check out maybe? A: The scene in france is very excited nowadays , so many good upcoming dj s and producers in so many styles of electronic music , maybe due to the fact that Paris and a lot of cities in france have a strong following , I could drop so many names from Yoyaku to Flabaire Jay ka  thru Siler with Popcorn Records etc…. Q: What’s next on Point G? And btw: what is it about “The 300” that (or who) are mentioned on your last two EPs Avignon and The Surf Way? A: I am working now on a new series of tracks for a new live later on this year. Point G & the 300 is another treat of 300 limited vinyl release. Thank you. You can BUY the tracks from the Label Point G in digital format HERE from whatpeopleplay.com.

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