St Germain – Rose Rouge

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Single Review by Mark Bayross

French house maestro Ludovic Navarre’s second album has already sold 600,000 copies across Europe and managed to stir up a frenzy of adulation among the trendy club masses. It is due to be launched in the UK this summer on uber-jazz label Blue Note, and ROSE ROUGE is the first single to be released from it.

With a shuffling beat and smoky trumpet courtesy of Pascal Ohse, ROSE ROUGE is a slab of unbelievably laid-back jazz-house. You may recognise the tune from an ad on the telly plugging Gilles Petersen’s Radio 1 show.

Unfortunately, the two Blaze mixes throw any of the allure of the original straight out the window, leaving only mind-numbingly irritating noodling that seems to go on forever, and the listener craving silence at any cost.

2 stars