Hôtel Costes, Vol. 1: France et Choiseul

Stéphane Pompougnac

(LP - Pschent Records #5032340)

Review by Andy Kellman

The first volume of the series dedicated to reflecting the music spun at Paris’ upscale Hôtel Costes by resident DJ Stéphane Pompougnac, France et Choiseul emphasizes contemporary low-key dance music (lush, downtempo house and trip-hop) while cleverly incorporating the occasional older classic, like Grace Jones' “I’ve Seen That Face Before (Libertango).” Some of the bigger names who appear here include Nitin Sawnhey (“Migration”), <<rinôçérôse>> (“Machine Pour les Oreilles”), and Ballistic Brothers (“Cubafro con Amigos”).