Next Evidence is going for the acoustic sounds of African music and build a acoustic deep house anthem.
When he was 28 years old Michael Tordjman started to find a way of combining the energetic rhythms of the dance floor with the universal harmonies through which we express emotion.
He met Maxime Cohen, also passionate about music and they decided to compose their own music.
In 1998, Michaël and Maxime founded their own label, Basic Recordings, and named their duo Next Evidence. They released several maxis which went straight onto the playlists, produced remixes for Dimitri from Paris and King Britt and produced discs by other artists such as Julien Jabre, Soha, DJ Grégory, and Dennis Ferrer.
In 1999 they released their first (underrated 12”) record the Takin Off EP. It gives us two soulful deep house epics. With Mandel Turner on vocals.
Their second release was Over the Waves; a Brazilian tinged and shimmering piece of deep vocal house music.
It has an outstanding saxophone solo and vocals by Karl the Voice and Juliette K.
On a third release, The Sands EP they build a heavy groove on African percussion, timbales, tympany, congas, bassdrum, talking drums, bongos and synth chords.
The two main tracks sounds like they could be taken off an anthropological field recording of African percussion with some synths added - synth chords that are vaguely reminiscent of the sounds of rain and distant thunder.
They DJ-ed at many events and were approached by the record company EMI, who offered to produce their first album.
In 2000 Thrills came out, comprising 13 highly personal tracks made in collaboration with M, Sinclair, N’Dea Davenport (Brand New Heavies) and Phife Dawg (aka. A Tribe called Quest). This album made their reputation for once and for all.
Along the same artistic lines they decided to create Sneakers Freaks Club, an electro soundtrack. The collective from the Basic label (Julien Jabre, DJ Grégory, Soha, Cutee B. and Mike R. Max) worked alongside them to produce a series of maxis in the same spirit. Between 2002 and 2004, a whole series of maxis linked to SFC hit the market.
In 2004, Basic brought out its first compilation, Early Hours and with it, Next Evidence came to the end of a collaboration, which had lasted more than 10 years. Maxime left the duo to work on projects of his own, and Michael carried on alone.
Today, Next Evidence continues its existence through the production of maxis intended primarily for the house scene, interspersed with evenings where Michael continues to mix (Maxim’s in Paris once a month, Favella Chic Free your funk in Paris).
In 2005, all the SFC maxis will be collected onto one album and at the same time, Michael is preparing a second, more personal album to be released under a new name.