Live and Rare is an impressive document of the 100th release for groundbreaking French dance label, F Communications. The name tips off what you’ll find on this double CD. Even if the names Frederic Galliano, Jori Hulkkonen, or Laurent Gaurnier are not exactly household names they have been derning a style of house that is distinct, and varied. The wild and lush jazz experiments of Galliano, are not out of place next pounding pulse of Hulkkonen’s 3rd line.
The first disc is a little uneven, the salsa mix sticking its gaudy head out, but rnishes strong. The second disc is a keeper, the live mixes really giving the mix something extra. The wicked live version of Crying 202 from Chaotik Ramses, captures perfectly the intelligence behind much of the F Comm minimalism. Swans are not out of place in your living room, or pretension can be beautiful.
The Nova Nova single shows three sides to the duos music for moderns. DjGG is a trance house gathering of clouds, See is a lovely quiet night under the stars, and Elisa is like sitting on a porch in the rain.