I’ve mailed Don rimini about his new ep and he sent me a nice teaser. Its a bomb people. ho-ly-sh*t.
“Don Rimini! Oh yeah, sounds like a henchman breaking bones with a baseball bat for the mob in a dark Brooklyn basement, or somewhere deep in Sicilia. Well, it’s almost that. Only that the only bones 31 years old Don Rimini aka Xavier Gassemann ever crushes, are those of partygoers on the dancefloor. And he does so with turntables & bass, and that energy and elegance everybody envies him, from Brooklyn to Sicilia. Getting into music during the late 80′s raves, he quickly found a residency in an obscure ghetto club of the 18th arrondissement in Paris. Those who were lucky enough to witness this will never forget: Don Rimini dropped house & hip-hop, doing unexpected crossovers between Jeff Mills & Mobb Deep, Dave Clarke & the Wu. It was a goddamn block party, something rarely experienced in the city of romance. Girls shaking sweaty asses, boys throwin’ hands in the air like they just don’t care, the kind of party you wanna be at.
With this well deserved dj money, Don Rimini went record hunting. Mainly techno, but also rock: The Strokes, The Hives & LCD Soundsystem are amongst his favourites, because The Don likes it fast. Today, this stack of influences makes him one of the most eclectic french djs around, which is something of an achievement in such a closed-minded country (oh my god he said something bad about La France!!!). Don Rimini likes brutal pieces, straight to the point, no bullshit stuff. Yes, just like a mob hit. He got the science of the ultimate track, the killer tune, “that” tune. Those who’ve experienced a night with Don Rimini on the decks know that he will never let your legs get a rest and that he gets people psycho-raving like only the English can. Pleasure of the dance is his mission.
Don Rimini started making music at the beginning of the new century, but it wasn’t until ’04 that this stuff got serious. In ’06, he appeared on a compilation with the track Let Me Back Up, a wild piece of electro that found itself quicky playlisted everywhere, and was followed by a first single, Time to Panic, a 4 track ep including the title Tutto Va Bene, a track doing big damage, calzone style! In ’07, at the top of the electro rise, he produces his second ep on Swiss label Mental Groove, Absolutely Rad, with Let Me Back Up as main track, finally seeing a proper release, as fresh and powerful as in the first day, boosted by remixes from the up and coming italian duo Crookers as well as the french rave godfather Manu Le Malin feat Lunatic Asylum aka The Driver & Justice’s roommates pop band Poney Poney. If you dare you will also love the tatami rumble earth shaking sound of Sumo & Geishas. He just played at the Transmusicales, alongside Boys Noize, Yuksek & Simian Mobile Disco. Nothing to add, the Don is here to stay, somewhere Brooklyn and Sicilia.”
By Pierre Siankowski
Don Rimini – Absolutely Rad Teaser