MUTEKLIVE118 - Lawrence Le Doux
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.