Jacques Renault was a post-punk Washington, D.C. native who moved to Chicago in 1997 to continue his studies of viola, but in turn got an education in dance music. Tapping into the well-established Drum ‘n’ Bass scene, he held a residency at Smart Bar and became a buyer at the legendary Gramaphone Records. This broad, raw exposure to House lead him straight back to the classics of Disco and to its heart, New York City, where he landed in 2002.
As a DJ, Jacques has held residencies at New York’s famed venues Happy Endings, APT, Tribeca Grand and 205 Club, and has been a guest around the globe in venues like Tokyo’s Womb, Rio’s D-edge and London’s Fabric and Plastic People. With his remixes, edits, original tracks and collaborative project Runaway, he has released music on internationally acclaimed New York labels DFA, Chinatown, RVNG INTL, Throne of Blood, Let’s Play House, Italians Do It Better, Editions Disco, and Wurst, as well as Tokyo’s own Mule Musiq & Crue-L, Parisian imprint I’m A Cliché, Munich’s Permanent Vacation, Sydney’s Hole In The Sky & Future Classic and of course London/Berlin’s Rekids.
Along with his Runaway partner Marcos Cabral, Jacques has launched the label On The Prowl, and OTP Party Breaks featuring their own material as well as original and remix work from Andy Ash, Simoncino, Brennan Green, TBD, Cosmo Vitelli, The Revenge, Azari & III, Tensnake, Nicholas, Coyote, & Kaos to name a few. Jacques has also taken up production duties for a number of artists including Warp Records’ the Hundred In The Hands, which also featured Richard X, Eric Broucek and Chris Zane.
After nearly a decade of playing for others in NYC, Jacques, along with good friend Nik Mercer, began producing his own series of events called Let’s Play House. The duo has brought in guests from abroad like Horse Meat Disco, Mugwump, Mock n’ Toof, Cosmo Vitelli, and Kaos as well as local talents DJ Spun, Morgan Geist, TBD, Beg to Differ, Brennan Green, Midnight Magic, and Dan Selzer to name a few. Let’s Play House is a moving party that uses Brooklyn warehouses, Manhattan ballrooms, hotel lounges, and everything in between for its regular events.
The record label Let’s Play House was the next logical step. Let’s Play House’s Nik Mercer, Jacques Renault, and James Friedman continue their global exploration of house, disco, and techno with their seventh release. This time the boys head to Portugal for a couple original tracks by Johnwaynes, as well as remixes by the imprint’s very own Renault and Finland’s production wiz, Roberto Rodriguez, here using his Manolo pseudonym. The EP kicks off with its title track, a smooth, hooky tune that creeps into your ear and stay there, in large part thanks to the catchy whistled melody, bouncy bass line, and looped bell effects. Renault’s remix injects a heavy dose of adrenaline into the original’s bloodstream, transforming the tune into a slithery, slippery, acid-based peak-hour pleaser while still keeping the memorable riffs intact. The flip is a darker affair. Where “I Can See” is uplifting, hopeful, and cheery, “Holy Sin” is hard-edged, tight, fidgety, and frantic—the aural embodiment of a paranoid, drugged-out crowd, dancing with abandon into the wee hours of the night. The Manolo remix dims the lights even more, adding an additional tone of ominousness, spookiness. Rodriguez enhances the bass chug while simultaneously stripping the cut of any warmth it might have had—imagine a robotized dub set to images of the apocalypse.
Jacques Renault Top 10 July 2012:
01. Marius Vareid – Telemark (Klubb version) (Full Pupp)
02. Evan Stalker – Parkway (Runaway remix) (On The Prowl)
03. Ben Sun – You Should Know Better (Delusions Of Grandeur)
04. Johnwaynes – I Can See (Jacques Renault remix) (Let’s Play House)
05. Homework – Conversation Piece (Exploited)
06. The Rhythm Odyssey – Ride On This! (Rekids)
07. Bepu N’gali – I Travel To You (Todd Terje remix) (International Feel)
08. Secret Circuit – Jungle Bones (Prins Thomas Bonus Beat) (Internasjonal)
09. Deepthroat – Gag Reflex (BBW)
10. John Ozila – Funky Boogie (Disque Vogue)