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Fresh Kicks 49: Ténèbre

The Frenchman delivers a masterclass in fractured, breakbeat techno...

Ténèbre dropped his 'Territory III' EP via WNCL Recordings this month, so to celebrate he's cooked up an hour of rugged techno and breaks for our Fresh Kicks mix series.

About as underground as they come, and a favourite in the DJ Mag office, the Frenchman has been turning our fractured, industrial beats on his self-titled label for several years now.

His latest effort, 'Territory III' was supposed to be the next release on the imprint, but after a "'beg, borrow or steal' mission" by WNCL (aka West Norwood Cassette Library), the four-track selection of gruff, punchy break-laden techno was delivered via that outlet at the start of November. (Grab a copy here.)

As with his releases, Ténèbre's mix is a rough-cut combo of jungle, techno and off-kilter broken beats from the likes of François X, Lee Gamble, Appleblim and more, plus a healthy chunk of his own material, including three tracks from the new record.

Check out the full mix and tracklist at the bottom of the page.

Last record you bought?

"Emptyset 'Skin'."

Last meal you cooked ?
"Coffee."

Last dream you remember?
"I don't."

Favourite club?
"Somewhere under a bridge will do."

Favourite album of all time?
"Can't answer that."

Favourite country you've visited?
"Well, I lived in Korea and in the United States for a few years and I really liked it."

Who would you most like to play back-to-back with?
"Can’t answer that either."

Which cartoon character would you most like to be ?
"I’m afraid life in 2D would have no relevance."

If you could meet anyone alive or dead, who would it be ?
"Does meeting a dead person makes any sense at all? I mean, i he or she is physically dead?"

Tell us a joke..
"See above."

Tracklist

Outlander 'Father Lord and Wizard'
Yaleesa Hall X Malin 'Artin'
Caldera 'Compu L' [UNRELEASED]
Xenogears 'Over The Train'
XDCVR 'X'
Ténèbre 'Jungle Frontier' [WNCL]
François X 'Falling For Her'
Kimono & Applebim 'Know Yourself'
Ténèbre 'Them'
Rowka 'Source (Ténèbre Remix)' [UNRELEASED]
Raj Pannu 'FSOP (Cosmin TRG Remix)'
Ténèbre 'Zone & Interzone' [WNCL]
Ténèbre 'Axe Nord-Sud' [WNCL]
LMajor 'Danger' [UNRELEASED]
6SISS 'No-ism'
Ténèbre 'And The Last Standing Tree'
Emptyset 'Eyes II'
Ténèbre 'Low Poly' [UNRELEASED]
Junglord 'What Were You Wearing In 94'
Lee Gamble 'Ghost'

Want more music from up-and-coming artists? Check out Fresh Kicks 48 with HNQO.

Ben Hindle is DJ Mag’s Clubs Editor and co-founder of DJ Mag Bunker. Follow him on Twitter here.

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