St. Germain (musician)

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St Germain
Origin France
Genres Acid jazz, nu jazz, downtempo, deep house
Years active 1995–present
Labels FCommunications
Blue Note Records
Parlophone/ Warner
Nonesuch Records
Members Ludovic Navarre

St Germain is the stage name of Ludovic Navarre, a French musician. His style has been described as being a combination of house and nu jazz music.[1]

Career[edit]

Navarre's album Boulevard was released in July 1995 and has sold over 1 million copies[2] worldwide. His United States debut, Tourist, was released in 2000 and sold 300,000 copies in the USA and 4 million copies world wide.[2] Bob Marley, Toots & the Maytals, Miles Davis and Kool and the Gang are among Ludovic's early influences. He composed his first work under the name of Sub System with friend Guy Rabiller. He has released EPs under a number of aliases, among them Deepside, LN'S, Modus Vivendi, Nuages and Soofle.

St Germain is not associated with the Saint-Germain-des-Prés Café compilation series, though his song "Deep in It" is featured on its "Volume 1".

His song "Rose Rouge" was featured in the official movie trailer for Joss Whedon's 2013 Much Ado About Nothing.

His new eponymous album, to be released on 9th October 2015, is a colorful and exceptional musical journey. Recorded with the participation of African musicians, the album features traditional Malian instruments like the kora, the balafon or the n’goni, that mingle with electric guitars, pianos, saxophones and electronic loops, following a secret formula only St Germain could concoct.

The first single, “Real Blues”, sets the legendary voice of Lightnin’ Hopkins to the beat of wild, fiery drums and percussion. The original single sleeve is decorated with a 3D mask conceived by Urban Art creator Gregos, known for his smiling and frowning faces stuck on walls throughout Paris and Europe.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles/EPs[edit]

St Germain
  • 1993 "French Traxx EP"
  • 1993 "Motherland EP"
  • 1994 "Mezzotinto EP"
  • 1995 "Alabama Blues"
  • 1996 "Muse Q The Music" (with Shazz and Derek Bays)
  • 1996 "Alabama Blues (Revisited)"
  • 2000 "Sure Thing"
  • 2000 "Rose Rouge"
  • 2001 "Sure Thing Revisited"
  • 2001 "Rose Rouge Revisited"
  • 2001 "So Flute"
  • 2002 "Chaos"
  • 2004 "Mezzotinto EP" (re-release)
  • 2015 "Real Blues"
Deepside/D.S.
  • 1992 "Seclude EP" (with Guy Rabiller)
  • 1992 "Deepside EP" (with Guy Rabiller)
  • 1993 "Tolérance EP"
  • 1994 "Volume 1 & 2", as D.S.
Sub System
All produced with Guy Rabiller
  • 1991 "Subhouse", as Sub System (with Guy Rabiller)
  • 1991 "J'Ai Peur", as Sub System (with Guy Rabiller)
  • 1991 "III", as Sub System (with Guy Rabiller)
Other aliases
  • 1993 "Nouveau EP", as Soofle
  • 1993 "Paris EP", as Choice
  • 1993 "Modus Vivendi", as Modus Vivendi
  • 1993 "Inferno EP", as LN'S
  • 1993 "The Ripost EP", as Deep Contest (with DJ Deep)
  • 1994 "Burning Trash Floor", as Hexagone
  • 1994 "Blanc EP", as Nuages
  • 1997 "Paris EP" (re-release), as Choice
(Co-)Production for other artists

Remixes[edit]

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