Kompakt Extra is set to release Laurent Garnier’s Tribute EP, the latest in their Speicher series, on April 14. The two-track EP will be the 95th release in the series, which started back in 2001.
According to Garnier, his inspiration for the EP came when “One Saturday in February I was having an amazing night playing at Oval Space in London. In the middle of my set I dropped ‘1-4 Doctor C’est Chouette.’ A fan came up to the DJ booth to ask me what I was playing. When I told him it was one of my new tracks, he replied – to my surprise – ‘There’s so much melancholy in this track, what were you thinking about when you made it?’ His question struck a deep chord: he had understood what I was feeling when I made the track… isn’t that what music is all about? But did I really have to tell him the story? It wasn’t the place or the time to get into a deep conversation, so I simply smiled at him to thank him for his enthusiasm. There are times in our lives when we should dedicate a little something to people or places that are important to us. This is what this record is all about: just to say I love you, I miss you or just simply thank you.”
Fans speculate that “From The Crypt To The Astrofloor” is a song dedicated to the French Astropolis Festival. “The Crypt”, they say, alludes to a real-life crypt in the Keriolet Castle, where the festival originally started more than twenty years ago and where Garnier often played. “The Astrofloor” is a reference to the main floor of the festival, which is now held in Brest, France.
Have a listen to Laurent Garnier ‘paying tribute to the 20th Century’ below: