DJ Oil - Black Notes

Published on April 25, 2012

Featuring Gift Of Gab (Blackalicious), Reggie Gibson, Magic Malik and Sam Karpienia (Dupain). / Label: Discograph. Musician, DJ and producer, Lionel Corsini aka Oil was one of the spearheads of Troublemakers, a pioneering entity on the made-in-France house scene with releases on legendary labels Guidance and Blue Note. He’s been djing for a while, touring with the greatest names including Laurent Garnier, Gilles Peterson, Kruder & Dorfmeister.

He actually started at the early age of 15 in Marseille in the south of France. After the Troublemakers adventure back in 2005, he took on project after project with talented musicians such as Stefano Di Battista, Julien Lourau, Vincent Ségal, Sébastien Martel, Sandra N’Kake, Magic Malik and Jules Bikoko, to name but a few. He also visited 39 countries of Africa and Central America for the nomadic Ashes To Machines project with Jeff Sharel. A deep-set groove in which he would plant the needle of his future work.

Black Notes is a notebook packed with stories so that none can be forgotten. The record’s title already gives away a great deal about this soundtrack: autobiographical between the lines, a series of sequence shots filled with narrative breaks and rhythmic explosions, a script peopled with capital voices. Like the score to a film in black and black, reflecting a need to return to the roots of groove to achieve a sound both dense and minimal, sultry and arid. Black Notes, the black keys on the keyboard, the lowest ones. And, above all, Great Black Music: blues, jazz, funk, soul and house, as well as the whole African experience. It took Oil three years to complete the record alone, working, unraveling and reworking it all in his studio. And thus, at the controls, Oil invented new ways of creating oldschool groove with a retro-futuristic grain: samples took a back seat but the “virtual” editing technique remained key. More than an introduction, Black Notes is a statement of intent: the most somber of subjects, the most sober of beats, back to the origins of groove as the best way of looking to the future. Featuring Gift Of Gab (Blackalicious), Reggie Gibson, Magic Malik and Sam Karpienia (Dupain).

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