Jennifer Cardini is the woman behind the superlative Correspondant imprint. She first cut her chops at Paris' Rex Club before taking her talents to Cologne where Correspondant first took form. In the years since, Cardini has cemented her place as a tastemaker in the global underground scene. Trus'me is the head of Prime Numbers and was responsible for one 2014's most ubiquitous techno records, "I Want You," with a remix from Alan Fitzpatrick. They are joined by Flash-resident Navbox.
After more than a decade spent building an enviable reputation for herself in the clubs of Paris, Jennifer Cardini has become an international concern. Her infectious charisma and versatility behind the decks has led to invitations to play at such famed nightspots as Panorama Bar, Nitsa, and Fabric, and with her creative platform and label Correspondant very much on the ascent, her standing as a tastemaker is as prominent as ever.
With teenage years spent savouring the lo-fi box jams of late ‘70s new wave, it was actually the immersive grooves and smooth, stripped-back drum patterns of another emerging genre–minimal with which she first made a name for herself, perfecting a downtempo, cinematic mixing style that has become Cardini’s calling card. If her exquisite sets as a resident for Rex Club showed her honing in on a notably sophisticated approach, it was her weekday slot at avant-garde spot Le Pulp that brought her ability to ignite any party to the fore, presenting experimental techno, narcotic acid cuts, and saturated nu-disco with an energy that has made her an icon in electronic music culture.
A move from Paris to Cologne would only enhance her international standing after a mutual respect between herself and iconic local label Kompakt blossomed, spawning the now-seminal mix CD ‘Feeling Strange’ that still stands, alongside many others from her catalogue, as a testament to her ability to source on-the-pulse sounds. This also extends beyond traditional dance music formats, annually stitching together idiosyncratic finds for shows during Paris fashion week.
Not only an active DJ, Cardini also thrives in the studio with an undefined, heavily emotive sound that's seen release on standout imprints such as Kill The DJ, Crosstown Rebels, and her own Correspondant. Founded in 2011, the label serves as a platform for music from a core of like-minded artists such as Agents Of Time, Man Power, and Andre Bratten, as well as her recent recording partnership with David Shaw under the Cardini&Shaw guise. The success and cohesive aesthetic of the imprint thus far has led to unforgettable label nights all over Europe.
With his love for music tracing way back to an early age by dabbling with various instruments and developing a passion for vinyl, Trus’me, truly found his calling after learning the art of mixing and sample digging. Surrounded by the heads of Manchester and its deep rooted music scene, one couldn’t deny that it was an effortless task to be exposed to good music from all genres, thus explaining his constantly evolving tastes as evident in his eclectic DJ sets as well as in his uniquely, diverse productions. “Like bookends some 12’s will work with both the beginning and the end of the night, such is the classy sampling from Trus’me” (Peter Nicholson, XLR8R).
The much-reputed CD sampler “Nards” that was responsible for initialing releases on Chicago’s Still Music label, inevitably sparked off Trus’me’s promising musical career. Seeing support from respected names such as Ashley Beedle, Juan Atkins, Mad Matts, Gilles Peterson and Chez Damier plus his productions selling out at record stores from Manchester to Tokyo, led to the highly successful release of his debut album, “Working Nights” on Fat City Recordings. Still hailed by most to be a timeless album and finding devotees to this day, this EP proved his mettle to tackle the deeper, soul and disco-tinged aspects of House.
Not one to rest on his laurels, the label Prime Numbers was set up and quickly gained an unfaltering reputation for highly collectable and exceptional music from artistes such as Move D, Actress, Linkwood, Fudge Fingas, Motorcity Drum Ensemble; all artistes that fit the ethos and style that Trus’me continues to carry a torch for. In 2009, his highly anticipated follow-up album, “In The Red” which featured ‘live’ collaborations with Chez Damier, Amp Fiddler and Dam Funk, further cemented his place in the House music scene and set off a flurry remixes for acts such as LCD Soundsystem, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Alton Miller, Anthony Shake Shakir and more.