Essaie Pas and Waajeed
The week’s best new electronic music releases, plus interviews with Detroit shapeshifter Waajeed and DFA-inked Montréal duo Essaie Pas.
Every year, the sheer volume of new electronic music expands – seemingly exponentially – which is why a program like First Floor is so essential. Each week, host Shawn Reynaldo wades through the deluge of new releases and shares only the cream of the crop. Still, First Floor is more than a showcase for new records; It’s also a place where we engage the creators of those records in conversation. This week’s episode includes an interview with Detroit veteran Waajeed, a Motor City original who cofounded groups like Slum Village and Platinum Pied Pipers. With his Mother EP dropping on Carl Craig’s Planet E label, he speaks here about his recent shift toward house and techno, why genres don’t matter in Detroit and his own place in the city’s rich musical history. Also stopping by for a chat is Essaie Pas, the Montréal husband-and-wife duo of Pierre Geurineau and RBMA alumna Marie Davidson. With their latest LP New Path arriving this week on DFA, the pair explain how the record was inspired by Philip K. Dick’s famed novel A Scanner Darkly, while also breaking down their shift toward techno and how the success of Davidson’s solo material has impacted their collaborative work. Apart from the interviews, this week’s program also includes an exclusive premiere: A track off the upcoming new album from legendary early rave and hardcore producer the Mover.