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With just two albums under his belt, French DJ and producer Ludovic Navarre—aka St. Germain—is one of the leaders of house music’s new school. St. Germain and other noteworthy producers such as Joe Claussell, Masters at Work, and Blaze know full well that real house music didn’t start as the static, musically inept child of disco that you’d hear at some Chelsea queen bar. Yes, the thumping 4/4 undercurrent is intact, but thanks to St. Germain’s deft deployment of live instrumentation alongside economical—yet irrepressibly funky—loops, his beats shuffle with the sophistication of Gamble & Huff’s ’70s Philly soul. St. Germain’s brilliant 1996 debut, Boulevard, established him as an intriguing underground sensation who ingeniously reconciled deep house with bebop; his 2000 Blue Note records debut, Tourist, solidified his reputation as one of house’s most musically impressive artists. And although the best of house owns a huge debt to jazz, seldom has the music embraced such a Delta-blues sensibility as St. Germain’s howling “Thank U Mum” and the gangly “Sure Thing,” which makes sublime use of John Lee Hooker. St. Germain spins with Ming and FS at 8:15 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $20. (202) 393-0930. (John Murph)