Nôze

Nôze

Real Name:
Nicolas Sfintescu, Ezechiel Pailhes
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Between the mechanical throb of the nightclub and the laconic wooze of the bar exists a strange, smoke-filled space inhabited by two artistes, singing songs of hedonism and surrealism through rasping voice and groaning instrument. This pair of s ongsmiths sit just as comfortably next to Tom Waits as they do next to Matthew Herbert, providing they’re all holidaying somewhere exotic at the time.

Even if their sound may form a cohesive whole now, Nicolas Sfintescu and Ezechiel Pailhès travelled qute different paths to reach the formation of Nôze some ten years ago. Nico was embroiled in the Parisian music scene, DJing, promoting parties and producing dirty rotten leftfield house tracks as Freak, eventually forming the Circus Company label with his close allies so that they had an outlet for their awkward but addictive blends.

Ezechiel meanwhile was following a more refined path, having spent time gaining classical music training in Paris before studying in the Marseille Conservatory and graduating with a distinction. His attitude towards electronic music was dismissive to say the least, but upon meeting Nico the two managed to find some common ground, however unlikely a pairing they might be. The first fruits of their labours appeared on Karat in 2004 before spreading to Trapez and naturally Circus Company in quick succession.

The first Nôze album, “Craft Sounds And Voices”, was an abrasive affair that reveled in infectious grooves and noisy punk attitude. Never before had raunchy saxophone, prepare d piano and live drums been melded into house music with such conviction.

However it was “How To Dance” that really caught people unawares with its sing – along ditties woven into a jazz – infused micro house template, managing to be fun, funky and cutting edge all in the same breath. The hoary – voiced personality of Nôze , manifested in Nico’s guttural growl, came into being through unforgettable tracks such as “Love Affair” and “Kitchen”.

After this steady rise, it came as something of a shock when the next LP, “Songs On The Rocks”, appeared on German powerhouse imprint Get Physical. Musically, Nico and Eze had moved on towards a sound less in debt to the dancefloor embracing a deeper warmth and musicality that tapped even further into their natural talents.

By now their unruly live set was also the stuff of legends, propelling them into the frenetic pace of life on the road, taming princesses and inciting revolutions on every continent. Far removed from the screen- lit fixation of so many “live” club performances, Nôze revel in the camaraderie of two friends orchestrating a party, if not leading it in a blur of sweat, booze, excellent hats and a lack of shirts.

As if to confirm their membership in the Get Physical family, Nico and Eze returned to the label for their fourth album Dring, and followed it up with the eleventh installment in the celebrated Body Language mix series. It marks a time when the brothers in charms have evolved yet again, feeding the wild accomplishments of their past into a staggering tapestry of sound that embraces yet more distinguished classical musicianship with even more raucous electronic elements, and still managing to diverge into reggae, soul and pop as much as the standards of house and jazz.

By now, surely global super stardom is waiting for Nico and Eze, but while the world prepares itself for two bleary – eyed Frenchmen to slur tales of love and absurdity through your sister’s radio, you can only begin toimagine where the men in the sharp hats will be taking us next.
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Nôze Discography

Albums

CCcd 002 PROMO Nôze Craft Sounds And Voices (Album) Circus Company CCcd 002 PROMO France 2005 Sell This Version
CCcd 004 Nôze How To Dance(CD, Album) Circus Company CCcd 004 France 2006 Sell This Version
GPMCD 022 Nôze Songs On The Rocks (Album) Get Physical Music GPMCD 022 Germany 2008 Sell This Version
GPMCD035P Nôze Dring (Album) Get Physical Music GPMCD035P Germany 2011 Sell This Version
CCCD017 Nôze Come With Us (Album) Circus Company CCCD017 France 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

KARAT 14 Nôze Albert EP (EP) Karat Records KARAT 14 France 2004 Sell This Version
CCS 006 Noze* EP1 (EP) Circus Company CCS 006 France 2004 Sell This Version
CCS 009 Nôze Pofamika EP (EP) Circus Company CCS 009 France 2005 Sell This Version
Trapez 057 Nôze Kitchen(12") Trapez Trapez 057 Germany 2005 Sell This Version
CCS 014 Nôze How To Dance EP(12", EP) Circus Company CCS 014 France 2006 Sell This Version
MBF 12023 Nôze Kitchen (Remixe)(12") My Best Friend MBF 12023 Germany 2006 Sell This Version
MMR012 Nôze Piano EP (EP) Milnor Modern MMR012 Germany 2007 Sell This Version
MBF LTD 12012 Nôze Remember Love My Best Friend MBF LTD 12012 Germany 2007 Sell This Version
GPM088 Nôze Danse Avec Moi(12") Get Physical Music GPM088 Germany 2008 Sell This Version
1061349KON Riva Starr Feat. Nôze Riva Starr Feat. Nôze - I Was Drunk (Single, Maxi) Made To Play 1061349KON Germany 2009 Sell This Version
CCS038 Nôze Meet Me In The Toilets Circus Company CCS038 Germany 2009 Sell This Version
GPM104 Nôze You Have To Dance Get Physical Music GPM104 Germany 2009 Sell This Version
CCS093 Nôze Holding You (Single) Circus Company CCS093 France 2015 Sell This Version

Compilations

GPMCD049 Nôze Body Language Vol. 11 (Comp) Get Physical Music GPMCD049 Germany 2012 Sell This Version

DJ Mixes

RA.106 Nôze RA.106(File, MP3, Mixed, 160) Resident Advisor RA.106 UK 2008

Miscellaneous

GPM147 Nôze Dring Dring(4xFile, MP3, 320) Get Physical Music GPM147 Germany 2011
GPM169 Nôze When Tiger Smoked(3xFile, MP3, 320) Get Physical Music GPM169 Germany 2012