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Jean-Christophe Le Saoût (born 19 July 1975 in Vernon, Eure), better known by the stage name Wax Tailor, is a French trip hop/hip hop producer. He has released four studio albums collaborating with a great number of artists and has also released a number of EPs in France.

Background

After being a host on a French radio in the Paris suburb of Mantes-La-Jolie, Le Saoût started the French Rap band La Formule in the 1990s. He created his label Lab'Oratoire in 1998 and produced records from La Formule as well as Break Beat compilations and a collaboration with the Swedish band Looptroop. He began work on the Wax Tailor project in 2001, first appearing on a remix of Looptroop & La Formule's "Deep Under Water".

Releases

Wax Tailor's first EP Lost the Way was released in 2004 and features contributions from Charlotte Savary, Marina Quaisse, and Big Dada rapper Infinite Livez. This was followed the same year by another EP titled Que Sera / Where My Heart's At).

Other musicians who have appeared alongside Wax Tailor include North Carolina hip-hop set The Others (Johnny Madwreck, Mr. Mattic, and DR), Ursula Rucker, Sharon Jones, Voice, and A State of Mind.

His first full-length album Tales of the Forgotten Melodies was released in March 2005, mixing hip-hop, downtempo, trip-hop with samples extracted from movies. This album became one of the best selling electronic releases of the year[citation needed].

This was followed by a second album Hope & Sorrow released in April 2007.

His third album In The Mood For Life was released on September 22, 2009.

His fourth album Dusty Rainbow From The Dark is a concept album, and was released in 2012.

Awards

  • Winner of 2013 Sacem Electronic Music Prize
  • Winner of the 7th annual Independent Music Awards Vox Pop vote for best Dance/Electronica album Hope & Sorrow
  • Three of his albums, Hope & Sorrow, In The Mood for Life and Dusty Rainbow From The Dark were nominated for Best Electronic Album at the Victoires de la Musique in France

Discography

Albums

Year Album Peak
positions
Certification
FR
2005 Tales of the Forgotten Melodies 150
2007 Hope & Sorrow 31
2009 In The Mood For Life 9
2012 Dusty Rainbow From The Dark 8
Live albums
Year Album Peak
positions
Certification
FR
2010 Live 2010 à l'Olympia 62

EPs and singles

Year Title Peak
positions
Certification Album
FR
2004 Que Sera/Where my Heart's At
Lost the Way
2006 Our Dance/Walk the Line Tales of the Forgotten Melodies
2007 To Dry Up/The Games You Play 78 Hope and Sorrow
Positively Inclined / The Way We Lived 78
2008 We Be / There Is Danger 78
2009 "Say Yes" (feat. ASM) 30 In the Mood for Life
This Train" / "Leave It 25
2010 I Own You
2012 "Heart Stop 81 Dusty Rainbow From the Dark

Remixes

  • Looptroop & La Formule - Deep Under Water (Wax Tailor remix) 2001
  • Clover - Death of the Lonely Superhero (Wax Tailor remix) 2005
  • Wax Tailor - Our Dance (Wax Tailor Remix) 2006
  • Nina Simone - I Am Blessed 2008

Videos

  • Lost the Way Directed by Seamus Haley
  • Hypnosis Theme Directed by Hugo Arcier)
  • Our Dance (feat. Charlotte Savary) Directed by Laurent King
  • Where My Heart's At (feat. The Others) Directed by Tenas
  • Walk The Line (feat. The Others) Directed by Wax Tailor
  • To Dry Up (feat. Charlotte Savary) Directed by Laurent King
  • Positively Inclined (feat. A.S.M.) Directed by Tenas
  • The Games You Play (feat. Voice) Directed by Tenas
  • (feat. Ursula Rucker) Directed by Mathieu Foucher
  • Say Yes (feat. A.S.M.) Directed by Wax Tailor & Tenas
  • I Own You (feat. Charlie Winston) Directed by Romain Chassaing
  • This Train (feat. Voice & Ali Harter) Directed by Romain Segaud
  • Dragon Chasers (feat. Charlotte Savary) Directed by David Périssère
  • (feat. Jennifer Charles) Directed by Mathieu Foucher & Leïla Sy
  • Time To Go (feat. Aloe Blacc) Directed by Darcy Prendergast & Seamus Spilsbury
  • Dusty Rainbow (feat. Charlotte Savary) Directed by Anaëlle Moreau
  • Only Once (feat. Ali Harter) Directed by Stéphanie Grivillers

Covers, references, and sampling

  • His track "Seize The Day" recorded with Charlotte Savary appears in the soundtrack of the 2008 film Paris by Cédric Klapisch.

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