[HY011] Nail – Esperance’ EP

nailArtists & TitleNail – Esperance’ EP
Label: Hold Youth
Catalogue#: HY011
Date: 2014
Format: 12″ Vinyl
Country: Paris


Riding on the back of a surge of interest in De La Club, the debut LP from Hold Youth, comes a smartly picked repress of House don Nail.
While the duo is known for their eclectic vision of dance music, the first repress on the label I’ve Been There EP is in fact an exemplary example of straight-up, no-fuss House. Enjoying a modest comeback of late both as a producer and DJ, Nail originally released Full of Beestone Promise EP on DIY Discs in ’97. The stronger two of the four tracks will be repressed one on each side, ‘Our Love’ and ‘I’ve Been There’, distinctive for its melodic vocal and recent inclusion in the Apollonia fabric 70 compilation.
While we have become accustomed to Hold Youth’s diversification of sounds with the current LP, I’ve Been There reminds us that a pigeon-holable classic can be highly refreshing.
Special Specifications
All Tracks written and produced by Nail
P&C Hold Youth 2014

[HYLP001] Hold Youth – De La Club EP

hyArtists & Title: Hold Youth – De La Club EP
Label: Hold Youth
Catalogue#: HYLP001
Date: 2014
Format: 12″ Vinyl
Country: //

A1: D Light (Human Beat Intro)
A2: Kool & The Boug
A3: Les Enfants Du Soleil
B1: Disc-O-Tabac
B2: Street My Baby
B3: Dream (Outro)
C1: Dance With The ***
C2: Street My Baby
C3: Dream (Outro)
D1: Black Dog
D2: La Tournerie

From the two individually revered artists Seuil and Le Loup, comes the debut LP under their collaborative DJ/producing alias Hold Youth. A collection of dance-orientated tracks, designed to make the body move, De La Club explores the origins of Hold Youth’s fundamental influences to their modern day stance.A LP in two parts, the first vinyl is almost a retrospective of primarily State-side club sounds, but also of the pair’s early musical staples. Paying homage to old skool production, the inspiration drawn from the Detroit greats like Moodymann and Andres is clear on the funked-out, jazzy vibes of Street My Baby or the smooth flowing Les Enfants Du Soleil. Hold Youth’s love affair with head-bobbing hip hop also makes an appearance on the intro and outro, sampling the one and only J Dilla, perfectly combined with their own personal beat-boxing. Not forgetting their French 90’s roots, Kool & The Boug oozes that warmth defined so well by Pepe Bradock and Trankilou… a club track which has the power of subtlety to submerge the dancefloor that one level deeper.Part two looks to the example of German minimal and micro house and brings us up to date with the sounds fresh from Hold Youth’s record bag today. Be it the weird and murky territory of Dodge This, or the eerie, glitchy world of Black Dog, their modern vision of De La Club is darker and sturdier in its stature. But it is the ability to weave seamlessly between the LPs two halves, two ideals, which truly characterises the Hold Youth ethos and their signature DJing style.