Siler & Dima are the Parisian duo behind Popcorn Records and now Popcorn Rec. Limited, an all-vinyl offshoot label. This new offering on the imprint contains four very good reasons why I count myself among their fans, both as producers and as A&R men.
The title track “Docteur Blainville” is a beautiful, jazz-sampling, warm affair, sensitively produced and brilliantly arranged. Upon this lovely backdrop is laid the voice of none other than Winston Churchill during his famous “Finest Hour” speech, speaking of the darkest moment of WW2, when France had been lost to the Nazis. On remix duty for this one is Leonel Castillo, who re-moulds the track masterfully into a deep dance-floor gem, with a truly compelling sense of energy and space throughout.
On the flip side things take a darker, moodier turn in the form of “Godspeed” featuring Thomas Zander. Stripped down but devastatingly effective percussion, lingering strings and insistent loops make the basis for this hypnotic gem, which really has a magic all of its own. Le Loup is let loose on “Godspeed” to close out the record, who drop hectic drum patterns and trippy, acid inspired chords into the mix, making this a very different beast indeed.
I wish there were more producers and label owners like Siler and Dima; everything about this project is clearly guided by a pure love of music, so much so that it really highlights how many other projects just aren’t.