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"T.I.M.E.C. is home to Grant Phabao (aka Fabien Preaux), as well as the T.I.M.E.C. Collective, a group of artists including Grant Phabao, Captain Détendu, Chuck Moe Reece, Djouls, Funky Frenchman, John DVDR, Mister K, Popof, Professor Oz, and The Mighty Blunts.
What is true and not true (as in the names of the artists involved) can be hard to determine with this label, just as humor and seriousness are nearly indistinguishable. Everything T.I.M.E.C. do is presented with its own unique penchant for satire through tongue-in-cheek humor. Through all of it though, they've released some nice downtempo grooves and reggae stylings."

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Chronique de GRANT PHABAO - Kulchaklash
grant phabao kulchaklashThis is the debut full-length from Grant Phabao (aka Fabien Preaux) whose aptly hyped 1999 release, the "Tub EP", a mix of funk-house, dub, downtempo, smooth bass and throbbing beats, is credited as a pioneering force in the evolution of funk-house. If you're looking for more of the same you'll have to look elsewhere. But, if you're seeking laid-back, full-style reggae with strong dub influences, listen up!
Kulchaklash opens with Lone Ranger doing some "Sweet Talking" for his daughter in a bouncy, rub-a-dub style. Ray I follows and does the talking on "Braeton Killings", a deep, dubby, bass heavy rocker with some funky organ work done up in a European crossover flavor that works itself into your head and echoes around for days.
Oh no! What is that synth line that keeps popping up in this one? It's from a TV show or something...
The best thing I can do to describe "Aye So We Deh" is quote the artist himself, who calls it "A chanting thing. An old Studio One roots tune I wanted to do for years. In this one we kinda have a singjay style...". Lone Ranger does the lyrical honors.
Okay, "High Grade" is dubbed a "goog meditation tune", delivering a subliminal message for you to smoke a spliff and meditate on the tunes. If you set a blaze right now, I guess it worked. Even sober this one is gonna mellow out your mind. And by the way, no pun was intended in the first sentence above. ...okay, maybe a little.
"Music Weh Dem Wan" is Grant Phabao laying down a little hip-hop/reggae style, and although some sterile commercial music director might want to call it something like Raggaeton, it really isn't recommended. The vocal delivery is more stoccato, but still a far cry from hip-hop. This track is all island style.
Oh no! What is that synth line that keeps popping up in this one too? It's from a TV show or something... and it's driving me crazy because I can't name that tune.
Although "Rasta Roll Call" is a nice track, it's not too memorable and besides, I just can't keep my finger off the 'next' button because the next track is "Fever" done up a in a reggae style... can you beat this concept? Complete with female backup singers they do the original justice. Definitely a recommended listen!
"Ehiopia" is a nice chanting track done up in a late-ska/rocksteady style, while "A Who" is a solid, headnodding, dubby piece.
Through and through these are dubbed out, reaggae tunes in true form.

Chronique de TIMEC - Noëlectro
timec noelectroUnlike many Christmas albums, T.I.M.E.C.'s "Noelectro (Merry Christmas Electro Jazz)" doesn't consist of traditional Christmas songs repackaged in an updated style, the songs here are simply influenced by Christmas. You'll hear familiar melodies for sure, but only in small parts.
The holiday vibe comes through in the use of vocal samples, sleigh bells, and other sounds normally associated with that merriest of holidays. But, as anyone familiar with T.I.M.E.C.'s writing style knows about their taste for humor, the approach they've ultimately taken with this album is completely irreverant.
From titles like "Deep Christmas" and it's slow, heavy beats, fluttering Middle Eastern percussion, bell synth melodies, and groove that stops short of dub, to the mambo beats, sleigh bells and "Oh Tannenbaum" vibe work of "Mambo Sapin" to the smooth, mellow breaks of "Doin' The Merry" you can't help but surrender to the holiday magic. And those are just the first three tracks.
If you're looking for some irreverant, downtempo Christmas beats that slap tradition in the face at the same time they kiss its cheek... there can't be anything better than this.

Chronique de TIMEC - Electronic Bossa & Psychedelic Soul Samba
timec electronic bossa and psychedelic soul sambaT.I.M.E.C.'s "Electronic Bossa & Psychedelic Soul Samba" is a mix of bossa nova, mambo, samba, and other latin grooves with an undeniable measure of humor that revels in the duality of being both respectfully influenced by and satyrically critical of the Latin-meets-electronic music sound. The music in itself is a nice mix of Latin percussion and melodies, done up in a smooth, slightly jazzy, French downtempo style that, if it weren't for the cheeky voice samples throughout most of the tracks, would be a serious album for the genre.
For those who take their Latino-French downtempo straight, some tracks to pay attention to are; Cha Cha Cha Microglub (Steve & Larry Johnson mix), Latino Party! (feat. DJ Guarana & Gino Rossi), Gambetta Festival (feat. La Sourire Des Hommes), El Bossa Nova (feat. Los Lobes).
If you prefer it on the rocks, check out these as well; Ma Che Mambo! (feat. DJ Guarana), Sensual (feat. Captain Detendu & Los Lobes), or Nao Vem Que Nao Tem (The Mighty Blunts lyin' on the beach mix).
Although the sound comes across as familiar, this album isn't your usual fare, and whether you view it as strength or weakeness, the vocal samples used throughout this album demand an appreciation for the peculiar flavor of humor that so far goes hand-in-hand with the personality of the T.I.M.E.C. collective.

Chronique de TIMEC - Time(c) To Relax
timec time(c) to relax"Time(c) To Relax - French Downtempo Madness" opens (after a short intro) with "B-side (feat. Funky Frenchman)" a short (2:15 min.) piece with a rich, low-down, Tosca/Kruder & Dorfmeister styled, swanky bass line flanked by subtle, floating synths, mellow kicks and light hi-hat work.
After that "Détendu (feat. Captain Détendu)" drops in with a French-Island flair of lazy guitar, French-spoken, male vocals backed by light, operatic female tones, and soft keys. This one contains elements from "Le disque qui guérit" by Yvon Yva.
"Tractopelle (feat. Chuck Moe Reece)" features the obscure kats from N.O.W.H.E.R.E. on keys and struts on funky keyed bass, guitar and organ, drifting synth pads, subtle Middle Eastern percussion, female vocal wisps, and a generally jazzy feel with nice, mellow beats to move it along.
The T.I.M.E.C. Collective gets help from Deborah Hunter (keyboards) on "Shyli Town (feat. Popof)", another short-but-nice piece (2:15 min.) that unfolds with echoey bells, smooth, broken beats, and some of the most assertive synth keys so far. The vibe is slightly funky in a sophisticated and soft French downtempo style.
"Get Jocylene! (feat. The Joslyns)" is a nice, laid-back, slow burner, but the humor that comes through in the vocal samples may lose you if you're a serious-minded listener... "The TV set is the marijuana" (perhaps taken from or inspired by Cheech & Chong's film "Up In Smoke" and their fiberweed van - note: the voice is neither Cheech nor Chong). However... the statement is fairly true, television is the opiate of the masses.
"Rescue Mix (feat. Funky Frenchman)" is an intimate, funky, ambient joint, featuring Rhodes organ, super-slow breaks, and minimal, cinematic strings joined by mellow, synth bell keys and spacey synths.
The funky-but-fashionable French downtempo style permeates each track, with some being more ambient and others more dubby. In keeping with Time(c)s unique sense of humor, you'll find some of the tracks have surprising sounds or humorous vocal samples.
Although the occasional humor observed throughout this album may turn off strictly serious-minded listeners, "Time(c) To Relax" is definitely worth looking into for fans of the French downtempo style.