In his years at the forefront of Paris’ techno underground, François X has always left room for experimentation and emotion. On over a decades worth of releases for labels like DJ Deep’s Deeply Rooted House, Marcel Dettmann’s MDR and his own Dement3d Records and XX Lab, techno rhythms roll through minimal, dub and heavier forms, but a consistent emphasis on atmosphere has pointed to an artist whose work thrives as well away from the dancefloor as on it. “[Music] is literally a portal to my feelings, my soul,” François told us in 2019. “I think I am an introverted person who is melting inside, who has a profound desire to express himself. I am full of ideas, passion and feelings that I want to express through music.”
His most recent EP on XX Lab is a perfect demonstration of this idea. His first full solo release since 2019 finds him tapping into sci-fi themes and the concept of dystopian private corporations (think Blade Runner’s Tyrell Corp, Alien’s Weyland Industries, Terminator’s Cyberdyne Systems). While offering some of his heaviest, most club-tuned music in some time, François' use of subtle hip-hop, IDM and pop production techniques makes for an exhilarating series of twists. Robotic FX, his own heavily altered vocal snaps and some seriously psychotropic sound designs merge for a properly pulse-racing EP. Check it out here.
As a DJ, François X takes a similar approach. As a former resident of sorely missed Paris’ club Concrete and a regular at Berghain, he’s learned how to make a dancefloor stomp while keeping listeners very much on their toes, ready for the next left turn. It’s something he captures in his Selections, which takes in 10 techno gems with a trippy, deep and emotional edge. Dig in below.