How do you combine sadness and joy? Lawrence seeks to answer that question in each of his albums, which inevitably evoke other opposing sentiments within the listener. Maybe it’s because of his former occupation as a gardener that Peter Kersten aka Lawrence captures such contemplative and nostalgic tendencies in each of his productions. What is certain, however, is that Lawrence summons his emotional and melancholic melodies to contribute to another passion: house and minimalist techno.Cofounder of the Dial label, he has released records for labels such as Kompakt, Ladomat and Novamute, as well as remixed artists like Goldfrapp and Superpitcher. Kersten demonstrates his eclecticism by operating under the pseudonym Sten for the minimal techno genre, Bordeaux for his more ambient side and Lloyd for his abstract hip-hop endeavors. A committed enthusiast of micro sounds in the pure German minimal tradition, Lawrence distinguishes himself through the consistency of his productions, weaving together a profound tapestry of captivating melodies.
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WHO: Brussels-based Belgian producer and DJ Laurent Baudoux, also known as Sun OK Papi K.O. and Sun Papa and member of Fan Club Orchestra and Electrosold Collectif
STYLE: Laid-back deep house, eccentric leftfield electro, dreamy club-minded minimal techno
LATEST WORK: Pollution EP (2015), Terrestre EP (2014)
LABELS: Vlek, Thin Consolation, Sonig, Grand Royal, Le Pacifique, RBDX
MORE: Collaborates with Mouse on Mars’ Jan St. Werner and Sonig label head Frank Dommert in improv group Electrosold Collectif
Over two decades as a producer and collaborator in Belgium’s underground electronic music scene, Laurent Baudoux has upended club music tropes and merged genres as a solo artist and in star-studded collaborations, his distinctive house sound standing out for how pleasurable his experiments can be.
Since his first releases as Scratch Pet Land with his brother Nicolas, releasing attention-getting idiosyncratic tracks of inventive pop-electro noise on the Source and Sonig labels, Baudoux has fit in nicely with producers and musicians who don’t quite fit in – from Jan St. Werner and Jo Zimmermann a.k.a. Schlammpeitziger to MC Illreme and Ali Durt Morimotoe. He’s used vintage synths and laptops, noisemaking toys, guitars and turntables and all manner of percussion to create club music with his genre defying, kaleidoscopic stamp on it.
Under the moniker Lawrence Le Doux for the past few years, he’s made structured music that happily gurgles along, loose in tone yet precise in technique – as with the hand printed releases on Vlek, it has a unique, handmade quality to it. His Terrestre EP became an instant favourite for its chill house beats and gently warbling instrumentation, accented by fleshed out 8-bit-like bleeps and bloops. His most recent release, the Pollution EP, repeats warm melodic mantras, each reverb rich note bending into the next while a high hat beat subtly shifts the pace. On stage, he’s been known to add guitar and bass to his live electronics, integrating a performative element to already eminently listenable music.