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Professor Inc.

Natural evolution

Deep down in the Parisian underground lives a label as unique and exclusive as the music it endorses. Rue de Plaisance was started with the intention of keeping the relevancy of vinyl alive in music today. Supporting other French artists like Professor Inc., the French imprint prides itself of keeping sight of music’s roots and uncovering newly inspiring talent. With a taste of Detroit in the heart of France, Professor Inc.’s Natural Evolution is chalk full of underground and early Detroit influences, with dynamic ranges in genre from deeper house to techno. Previously releasing on other vinyl labels like Reve and Amour, his contribution to Rue de Plaisance couldn’t be more perfect as the imprint continues its steady stream of strong releases.

Natural Evolution begins with its title track drenched in dubby techno sauce. The robotic vocal subliminally narrates a monologue of expression, hypnotizing the mind into a nest of beautifully raw sounding beats and sounds. Another Detroit delight, Telegraphe Stalingrad finds the Professor working with fellow Frenchman Modstand as it rattles through genuine sampled drums and another spoken word narrative. It oozes underground with its swinging hat patterns and classic 909 hits.

Paying homage to his source of inspiration, Professor Inc. presents a raw and complex puzzle arranged brilliantly by the man himself. It features keys from an ex-bandmate and a spoken word praise chorus about the Motor City by the owner of Detroit Soiree Records, Derrick Thompson. A jacking dose of Michigan pride a la Francaise, Detroit Baby’s groove is built from minimal inspired tech tricks; and they definitely work. Another homage to house music’s history, Arse Hoes House reflects on a time when Detroit sounded more like Chicago tapping into more classic synth pads and arrangements. The word tasteful comes to mind, not only in Professor Inc.’s ability to re-create and modernize such a trademarked sound, but also to the dedication of the label in its unbreakable promise to keep the underground, underground.