Though Alan Braxe’s friends in Daft Punk loom larger over popular knowledge of dance music, the 36-year-old producer is a musical titan in his own right. In 1998, Braxe (nee Queme), along with DP’s Thomas Bangalter and vocalist Benjamin Diamond, brought French house to the forefront of pop culture with “Music Sounds Better With You.” If you owned a TV or radio that year, the track’s jingling guitar lick, bountiful bass line and irrepressibly catchy vocals are likely still lurking in your memory. Since then, Braxe has casually released solo singles and collaborations with bassist Fred Falke. Concocted with heavy doses of vintage synth arpeggios and Falke’s meaty underpinning, their tunes have a familiar aural appeal without turning the dancefloor into eighties night, mired in nostalgia. Braxe and Falke have also won acclaim for their high-octane remixes for artists as varied as Bjork, Death From Above 1979, Kelis and Justice, each time isolating only the most delectable portions and injecting sensuous French-house rhythms and a driven attitude into the mix. Not exactly known for touring in general, Braxe’s gig at the Metro with DJ Falcon (his cousin and a Daft Punk associate) is a rare treat; and more than likely, music will sound better with him. (Steve Mizek)
Alan Braxe and DJ Falcon perform with Popstatic at Metro, 3730 North Clark, (773)549-0203, October 12, at 11pm. $16.