Dj Paparazzi Ft Dj BeBeDeRa – Makas Sonoras

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2 major players in the Portuguese Bass Underground have teamed up for this scorching hot Tarraxinha number.

DJ Paparazzi has been a regular on the Tarraxinha and Kizomba scene for some years now and he’s one of its most innovative and exciting producers.

DJ BeBeDeRa has cut his teeth deep down in the underground with his explorations into Fodencia, Tarraxo and Tarraxinha and his star is rising and so expect to hear a lot more about him in the coming years.

Tarraxo, Kuduro & Afrobeats: End of Summer Special (Mega Roundup)

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Since I supported Walter Correia’s vibrant tarraxinha mixtape, I realised it was high time for a massive tarraxo roundup in the style of my recent moombahton special!

Our second Generation Bass speciality, innovative african sounds like the amazing stuff coming from the Young Portugal scene, is usually taken care of by other bloggers but I too am a huge fan of it and selected some of my absolute favourite tarraxo tracks that have come out over the last months, including lots of kuduro and afrobeats too!

EPs/albums/compilations:

A couple of weeks ago, I received this absolutely huge album in my Soundcloud inbox from the Australian forward-looking transnational label Brother Sister Records, who released a mindblowing album by the 17 year old, Bordeaux based producer Nidia Borges a.k.a. Nidia Minaj. With Cape-Verdean and Guinea Bissauean roots and a childhood spent in Portugal she is inspired by the Portuguese tarraxo scene but has developed her own unique style. ‘Estudio da Mana’, with 8 original productions and two remixes by the Australian vanguardists Air Max ’97 and Unsoundbwoy, is an impressive, futuristic blend of kuduro, tarraxo, afrobeats, afrohouse, spiced up with experimental synths and otherworldly screwed vocals!

Get the EP on iTunes!

Single releases:

Shortly before her album came out, Nidia also released another stunning experimental track, tagged simply as “new style”, which is even more dark-edged futuristic than most work on the EP. If there is anyone you should keep an eye on in the near future it’s her!

https://soundcloud.com/nidia-borges/fodie

The next tune, from LpBeatz ft. Edy Pro about whom I couldn’t find anything more online, I discovered randomly when searching for something else. But it blows my mind so intensely that even as much blog-love as I can possibly give wouldn’t be enough for what this deserves. With these mesmerising underground-prog flavoured synths and powerful bass sounds, this is future tarraxo as amazing as it can possibly get!

https://soundcloud.com/livvy-pires/lpbeatz-ft-edy-pro-tarraxo-dubstep-2014-demo

Also make sure to check out his earlier tunes that are a bit more mellow but equally synthy and so wonderfully melodic that without knowing otherwise, you would swear that something as beautiful as this could only come from the magic hat of the ultimate future tarraxo lords BisonSquareffekt themselves!

https://soundcloud.com/livvy-pires/lpires-beatz-intro-zouk

Here another absolute future tarraxo flavoured jewel, a short but breathtaking demo by SenexBeatzZ from Lisbon!

https://soundcloud.com/adrianopedro/senexbeatzghettozouk-basic-tricdemo

I was talking to Squareffekt a while ago and he showed me some stuff from Landim, a young Camarate based producer from the Portuguese underground that he was very enthousiastic about. This arabic-flavoured ghetto zouk demo is one of his newest releases and it’s indeed fantastic!

https://soundcloud.com/landim-brabu/arabuien-demo-beatz-by-landim

This freebie from [LS.PRO] appeared on my Soundcloud feed just yesterday. Take some time to listen to the subtle deepness and delicious percussive work in here which is absolutely perfect!

https://soundcloud.com/iid-s-c/lspro-sem-problemas

Here his previous release, equally impressive, and with even more energetic drive to it!

https://soundcloud.com/iid-s-c/lspro-segura-mais-essa

Tarraxo spiced up with subtle porn samples is just perfect. This fantastic new treasure from Dj Paparazzi, one of the scene’s leading artists, is the ultimate dancefloor seduction!

https://soundcloud.com/dj_paparazzi/dj-paparazzi-o-religioso-2014

Dj Estraga combines a blissfully downtempo groove with a subtle apocalyptic atmosphere!

https://soundcloud.com/luis-tavares-2/taraxo-quente-quente-2014

The apocalyptic feeling gets much more intense in this absolutely impressive production of Raphaael Vááz a.k.a # [ R ] Beatz!

https://soundcloud.com/raphaael-v-z/raphaaelvaaz-minutos-de-safadez-2014

But nowhere it gets heavier than in the tracks of Dj Ly-COox. The rough, dark underground energy radiating from this track are absolutely spectacular! The distorted subs, reverb and broody droning sound give this tarraxo track an almost experimental techno flavour!

https://soundcloud.com/dj-lycox-tia-maria-prod/dj-lycox-tm-producoes-nao-brinques-comigo-tarraxo-2014

While with this banger called ‘Revolution’, he unleashes some massive rebellious energy with a pumping beat and atmospheric synths that come close to industrial electro!

https://soundcloud.com/dj-lycox-tia-maria-prod/dj-ly-coox-tm-recordz-revolution-2014

More powerful riot vibes here in this recent banger ‘Inveja’ by the Angolan rapper Don G a.k.a Forca Suprema, with a beat from the Luanda-based afrobeats producer Gaia Beat!

But this is where it gets really explosive, a absolutely slapping kuduro-bass snippet from the London based zouk and afrohouse producer DeeJay Gil!

https://soundcloud.com/dj-afro-dgil/a-mota-nao-ta-pegar-kuduro-vs-dubstep-remix-by-dgil

That roughness comes close to the unique sound of the visionary london based future-bass producer NaZaretH! Here a short snippet firing up hiphop with an absolutely magnificent distorted-experimental kuduro sound!

And this phenomenal demo was released a month earlier.. it may well be that it has already been blogged here but I just have to put it in: experimental zoukbass so incredibly dark and rough that it’d make Munchi piss in his pants!

Then now time for something different..

Recently I encountered two unique crews who are kind of with one leg in the world of tarraxo and afrobeats and with the other in Dutch-flemish rap and the wider urban scene around it. Kuduro and azonto have been embraced here for quite a while already and fusions of Dutch rap or R&B with these flavours is getting quite common. But more than anything I’ve heard before, the sound of these guys really seems to move into the direction of the innovative stuff that’s happening in Portugal. Check out these two smooth tracks that came out already a year ago!

ZwartWerk: ‘DingDong’!

CraaiiiGang: ‘Fissa is Hier’ (‘The Party is Here’)!

Dj Babaz Fox is an amazingly productive artist who releases banger after banger. Here the most recent example, out since yesterday!

https://soundcloud.com/helder-paiva/familia-squad-ft-dotorado-tamos-na-via-2014-proddotorado-pro

And this pearl of a track is from last week. Perfect percussive work. And the trained global bass ear will immediately recognise the oldskool 3ball sample in the intro, which makes me enthusiastic for closer global bass integration!

The talented producer Anderson Teixeira is also back, unleashing all your kinky fantasies with this delicious fodencia tribute to the legendary kamasutra!

Dj Edy a.k.a B.N.P.B. teamed up with Puto Helder, whose music we’ve supported since last year, for this hyper euphoric afro-speed banger!

Delany Duvall, from Luanda, is a producer with a unique style tagged as ‘afrotech’, combining afrobeat grooves with deep and techno influences in a deliciously minimalistic way!

https://soundcloud.com/delanyduvall/scriptures-main-mix-delany

https://soundcloud.com/delanyduvall/xinguilla-snippet-delany

More great deep work here from BiG vadO!

https://soundcloud.com/bigvado/jack-daniels-afro-jungle-mix

As closing bangers I selected too tracks from Roulet, who blows up your speakers once more with two stomping kuduro remixes of heavy dubstep tunes!

 

 

Scuba – Adrenalin (Aucan Remix)

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Love the Industrial percussion work on this track! Killa remix of a Scuba track by this Italian duo, Aucan!

Says it’s due out on Basement Recordings but you can cop it for free!

Guaranteed to give you a surge of Adrenalin on the dance floor (excuse the pun)!

Tip O’ Hat 2 AnnaK!

ARAATAN – NYMPH [MONGOLIAN ELECTRONICA & FUTURE R&B VIA RUSSIA]

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Really feeling this EP with its wide range of melancholic styles and sounds, part classical, part future R&B, part Electronica and part Pop and it’s from Mongolia via Russia!

Truly Transnational!

Kicks off with the Pop Melancholia of “Aching” that morphs into something resembling Carl Orff’s scenic cantata from Carmina Buruna! Has traits of Tom Waits about the percussion too and Ennio Morrricone’s Spaghetti Western atmospherics, really weird but I like it.

The second track is the stand out for me, a sweet melancholic stab of future R&B that kind reminds you of the Weeknd but much better than most of his recent output.

The third & title track starts of promisingly hinting at shades of Giorgio Moroder and Craig Armstrong but is a bit off-putting when that ill-advised and misplaced guitar solo in the last quarter kinda ruins the beauty of the track.

The final track is firmly rooted in a combination of modern dance styles evoking a part Middle Eastern and part Far Eastern theme at the same time, once again steeped in those heavy cinematic atmospherics. Kinda not entirely convinced it works but sounds ok.

All in all, a very interesting EP to explore if you like it heavy on the atmospherics!

“Araatan consist of 2 brothers from Mongolia, based in Russia. The duo gained millions of plays on Youtube & had their share of success collaborating with rappers of the first magnitude in Russia. Now they put more emphasis on electronic genre.”

Tip O’ Hat 2 AnnaK!

 

MANELE PROG: A NEW STYLE FROM ROMANIA

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I just came back from Bucharest, Romania and a friend of mine showed me some Romanian stuff i`ve never heard before – the project called Future Nuggets. Basically, the project is all about digging some old Romanian tracks and rearranging it in new way, which is something that I have always been supporting. The most interesting new music style I`ve heard from Future Nuggets compilations is called Manele Prog. Progressive Manele? Manele is rather cheesy popular Romanian music (with a lot of Turkish influences), similar like cheesy cumbia in Latin America, in a way. So Manele Prog is a new version of it, 2.0, like Cumbia Digital to Cumbia.  Check this out, the project called Steaua De Mare (meaning: The Starfish):

“Future Nuggets was constructed by a group of romanian producers, diggers and musicians in their search for a local psychedelic scene informed by the past but made for the times to come. Whether we unearth a jewel directly from the past or we manufacture our own present-day hybrids, we aim to explore the same universal sound skins and global grooves that have accompanied, seduced and finally formed our sonic psychic.”

If you liked Steaua De Mare, feel free to check out some other EP`s of Future Nuggets as well, Raze De Soare and Australopithecus Oltensis:

Drvg Cvltvre presents: North by Northwest

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Another day, another dollar. Made by billion dollar companies that don’t give two cents for a young orphan in Gaza, or Ghana, or Amsterdam for that matter. The industrial complex is a machine that chews all the life force out of you. And your money. What can we do except listen to some music that can translate how we feel. Here we go.

Rotterdam’s MORD label is taking industrial techno to new heights. Almost all of their stuff is killer techno with distorted kicks and danger oozing from the melodies and build. This is one of the best of the best. check it out. D CARBONE’s new EP on MORD:

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and if you are checking that out. you’ll def dig this as well – more D CARBONE:
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Houndstooth has just signed the great MARQUIS HAWKES to their label. I was expecting something superspecial, with his track record for weirded out records, but this is a bit generic. Maybe the expectations were just too high. vocal deephouse. LOTS of vocals…

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Belgium’s finest acid exports ACID MERCENARIES just dropped a live set on their SC of an hour and its a download as well. so its not a mix. ITS NOT A MIX! check it and check them live at that awesome INCUBATE festival as well.

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anddddd here we have Darko Esser in his Tripeo guise. Classic techno tracks carefully crafted for use in our favorite basements and sweaty clubs. It starts of with Kuebiko, a long drawn-out cut led by a trippy arpeggiated melody matched by a deep pulsating bass. Next is Nargy, an almost completely stripped to the barebones track that draws it energy from an undulating and relentless bassline. This one just keeps on going and going and going… As closer the quirky Qwerty where crisp hi-hats and snares set the pace over a modulating ”Hoodesque” melody that floats in and out of the track.

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I’m gonna leave you with two tracks from my fav new label, WHERE TO NOW? dealing mostly in cassettes and digital, this is true experimental techno. Awesome tracks that you really need to check out:

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Khun Narin's Electric Phin Band [MINDBLOWING PSYCHE- DELIA FROM THAILAND]

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Just saw this on my news feed and had to blog it, this is just awesome and there’s even a great story behind it.

“It all started over a year ago with the caption “MINDBLOWING PSYCHE- DELIA FROM THAILAND”—the Youtube video that accompanied this headline on the Dangerous Minds Blog was exactly that. Here was a group of Thai musicians being filmed parading through a remote village hundreds of miles away from Bangkok playing some of the heaviest Psych known to mankind out of a crazy homemade sound system. Who were these men and how on earth was this not some unearthed archived footage from the ‘60s or ‘70s?! The Youtube clip quickly made its rounds amongst music enthusiasts leaving many in the Western hemisphere to question who this group of contemporary Thai villagers (loosely named Khun Narin’s Electric Phin Band) was.

Six months after that first encounter with Khun Narin’s Electric Phin Band, a Los Angeles music producer named Josh Marcy used Facebook and some unlikely interpreters at his local Thai restaurant to get in contact with the band and inquire whether they’d be interested in having him travel to their town to record their music for a global audience. At first the band was naturally suspicious, but through subsequent interactions the group’s leader and namesake Khun Narin (also known simply as “Rin”) warmed to the idea of having Marcy come visit. And so began the journey of uncovering who these mysterious men from an obscure blog post actually were.

Khun Narin’s Electric Phin Band’s membership is always in rotation and spans several generations, from high school kids to men well into their 60s. A standard engagement has the band setting up at the hosting household during the morning rituals, playing several low-key sets from the comfort of plastic lawn chairs occasionally working-in a cover version of a foreign classic (The Cranberries ‘Zombie’ is a recent favorite) while the beer and whiskey flows freely. After a midday banquet, they start up the generator and lead a parade through the community to the local temple, picking up more and more partiers along the way.”

The French Touch (Part II)

This article comes in two parts and was written with the precious help of Sara Stella, amazingly keen on French electro music.

The first part is accessible HERE.

As the movie i mentioned in the first part of this article will be released in November of this year, i thought that a good kick in my lazy ass would certainly do me some as good as the draft of this second part – that you can read now -, has been squatting the draft section of our favorite musical webzine (that is Generation Bass of course) for ages.

Eden will be the name of the movie, directed by Mia Hansen-Løve, with a great French casting and a certainly an excellent soundtrack that will please those into French electronic music.

The second wave. “Décomplexée”.

 

This “décomplexée” might be perceived as offending as it is directly related to French politics “uninhibited right wing”, but now as a few years have passed we can look at this period with an unpassionate point of view and consider that France and its culture at this time (especially in music) has something clearly arrogant, aggressive and charming; welcomed and backed up by a worldly audience.

 

This time things are fairly different. The French complex has disappeared and there are some good reasons to that. People from the second wave have understood many things about the marketing of their music. First there’s no « funny/clumsy » accent when they speak. Yes, they still may sound a little bit French but it’s very difficult to notice it. Second the music has lost the characteristics we could find in the first wave : the references to 70’s French pop are mereley gone, they actually have built a new standard based on 80’s synth music. Third the images used in the videos are more fitting the tastes of the young geekosphere.

 

Musically this second wave is emblematic. Characterized by a loud side-chain compression and poly-instrumental micro-sections on the melodies, this musical production will influence all the modern EDM.

 In a globalized connected world, French music is now not ashamed to spread around the world and uses the backup of the industry to get international recognition. The idea of “French Touch” is cleverly modified to focus on the smart, refined aspects and leaves aside anything related to a lack of confidence, shyness, etc… that i explained in the first part of this article. The improvement of technologies, the deployment of fast networks and social plateforms has generated a mayhem of unstructured cultural contents unrelated to one another but generating however a great fascination. We find therefore multiple references to cultural contents from different periods and trends ranging from cult movies to graphic novels. One another major move, is that at last important French companies will finally have a sensitive thought and use modern music for their commercial campaigns. Something that was done years ago by UK or American businesses but which for some reasons was ignored here in France by marketing and advertising departments.

 AN ERA OF COMMUNICATION

Cross-media supports&graphic music.

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The transition is in progress. If we compare this video to the one of Sexy Boy from Air, differences are immediately noticeable.

Midnight City the most popular track of the band (without Nicolas Fromangeau). The video refers to Village of the Damned from Wolf Rilla (1960).



Used for at least three different advertising campaigns the song will be overheard on TV and radio channels. Being the support music for Renault cars brand and Samsung Galaxy Tab the fame is global and undisputed. It is also to my mind one of the most remixed tracks over the past years.

 

JUSTICE&ED BANGER RECORDS

Pedro Winter’s label, certainly the most important – at least in France -, the French stable has come up with great names in electronic music culture or shed the light onto young talented film directors.

 

JUSTICE

Real success ? The question was raised among music officionados. Was it over exaggerated to boost up the French audience ? So many good and bad things have been said about the band that i don’t have much to add, only that it worked for sure in France and widened the fame of the band , as well as the one of Romain Gavras and So Me the video directors through the rock’n’roll attitude displayed in the documentary.

Working also onto polemical content also helped the fame of the band. The raw unjustifed violence of the video made the buzz and caught the attention of internet users desperate to provide their own interpretation of the images.

Used as a support music for an internet and communication provider, the band will again benefit from a strong nationwide broadcast.

SEBASTIAN

Connected to Pedro Winter, SebastiAn will get some good fame from the EP Ross Ross Ross including three tunes : the famous Ross Ross Ross track praised by many magazines, Head/Off and a remix of Kelis Walkman.

This roaring track will be broadcast many times on a video game TV channel – almost everyday, if not twice a day -, used as the unofficial soundtrack of the game Need for Speed Carbon.

The EP cover is designed by So Me, musician and art designer strongly involved in Ed Banger’s productions.

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DJ MEHDI

Known first for his great talent as a music composer and sample digger with the rap band Ideal J.

From a simple rework of Maria Carey‘s Looking in intro

To the extremely elaborate mixture and digging of Paquito d’rivera‘s No puedo ser feliz and TC 2000 soundtrack for Hardcore (great flow, stupid lyrics).

 Dj Mehdi will switch to electronic music in the years mid-2000.

One element that will be put forward on the new French Touch musical scene is the closeness that exists between movie makers and music makers. Dj Mehdi here composing for the film Notre Jour Viendra, a movie by Romain Gavras featuring two gingers revolted against society. Romain will use the idea of stigmatized gingers again for M.I.A‘s video Born Free.

The music video though starring the main actor of Notre Jour Viendra and being shot in similar locations is not taken from the movie, or has possibly been set aside during the final cut.

Sadly he will die in 2011. It is to be noticed that rarely an artist will bring so much praise after his death. The French Minister of Culture, international producers and bands such as Metronomy, Daft Punk, deadmau5 or Pharrell Williams will all have a positive and moving comment about the man.

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Boss of the label Ed Banger Records, the man is keen on picking artists that will make it through.

He will even a full page dedicated to his work in the great fascinating Electrochoc book written by Laurent Garnier and David Brun-Lambert covering a large array of what happened on the electronic music scene from 1987 to 2013.

UFFIE

 Uffie is American, yes, but she will boom in France. Here’s one of the main element of the success of the French Touch : being able to blend American and French vibes all together. The problem of the unpleasant, clumsy, artsy French accent which acted as a barrier to international broadcast has been solved in an efficient manner.

Vocals of Uffie on a musical production of French artist Feadz.

The trash-glam video supporting the music comes as an essential ingredient to the fame of this track. Bored hipster youth, burdened by a permanent hangover, cynical and attractive.

 

Ed Bangers’ stable is an efficient machine that will inspire or follow the good ideas of many label records. There is a community of dedicated joyful party-goers that can express their views ; there’s a visual design, a support from clothing brands, a booking agency with an important number of artists.

 

(THE NEW) CASSIUS

Far from the happy house tunes of the late 90’s, Cassius reinvented its music to fit the new trends and music genres.

I love U so signed on Ed Banger Records. As much successful because of the video, surfing on the hype geek iPhone technological display.

Cassius an electro-rock band ? Rather multi-genre and not blighted by hang-ups, the band will surf with success on the British inspired electro-rock wave.

ETIENNE DE CRECY

 Long time present on the French stage. Etienne de Crécy is one of the most versatile and industrious producers of the electronic scene. Major name of the French Touch, already known through his Super Discount project in 1996, Monsieur de Crécy gets critics appraisals and international with his Cube project, something that will be copied and developped further by Amon Tobin for his ISAM project.

MISS KITTIN&THE HACKER

 Founder of the electroclash movement of the 90’s, they both finally boomed a decade later and got out of the underground scene. Some might prefer them at their beginning, but it would be to deprive an artist the right to evolve and to refine his/her music.

Perhaps because it was too early in the 90’s, they both got difficulties to get a real name on the French scene. Spotted by Dj Hell, Miss Kittin will make herself famous in Berlin, but in 2005 she reaches, a few years after the release of her First Album (with The Hacker) international fame via the release of her set at Barcelona’s Sonar festival.

VITALIC

 After having started his career under several monikers Vitalic reaches immediate fame with the release of his 4-track Poney EP which includes the dark, aggressive and terribly attractive La Rock 01 banger.

 

This track will go on and on in all major electro-rock clubs and will land into the As Heard on Radio Soulwax pt.2 release of the 2 many Dj’s.

 

A NEW AESTHETICS

Whereas the first French Touch wave was much looking up at American standards and myths, the second wave lurs onto Japon, animated movies and mangas (France is the second country in the world to read mangas).

 

BIRDY NAM NAM

 Some may regret the funny talented DIY crew of the beginning, using samples and great Dj skills to create repetitive mesmerizing tunes.

After Justice got their hands onto the production process, indeed the sound dramatically changed to get closer to an aggressive-branded French-house.


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Inspired by René LalouxLes Maîtres du Temps” (Time Masters) 1982 animation film.

And Druillet’s artwork :

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 STUCK IN THE SOUND

Brilliant release from a brilliant band with a non-less brilliant video.

The band released its first album in 2004 but it is in 2012 with Pursuit that the band reaches a larger fame with the song Brother which will be remixed by Yuksek, Panteros666 and Juveniles.

Referring to 80’s cartoon Ulysse 31 and Lovecraft‘s Cthulhu :

DyE

 Music producer and former bass player for Joakim with numerous works signed on Tigersushi.

References to Japan animation (Urotsukidoji)

DYE “Fantasy” Official Video by JEREMIE PERIN from TIGERSUSHI on Vimeo.

(the clip is what it is, right ? Don’t watch it if you get offended)

 

The American paradisiac life has been totally left aside, to the benefit of a vivid, hyperactive and kitsch universe mixing revivals of old movies, cartoons and animated films. This new French Touch is directly related to the Geek attitude, digging and praising a supposedly non-mainstream culture (but we all know that Geeking has become mainstream for ages now).

PARA ONE

Music composer, sound engineer, movie director and score composer. This discreet man was however clearly noticed with his track Dundun-dun.

 CINEMATIC ELECTRONIC

KAVINSKY

With a few productions dispatched over almost fifteen years Kavinsky managed to impose his style a blend of 80’s melancholic music, reviving the electronic of that period, he touched the sensibility of the people raised to eighties aesthetics : luxury racing cars, Vangelis, Miami Vice, American teenager sports outfits and more. Green in the Shakespearian way and nostalgic, it is the perfect fit to the contemplative atmosphere of Drive.

 



The images used to construct Kavinsky’s universe are quite eloquent in the way that this new French Touch is made of recycled influences that nurtered French kids of the 80’s. Magnum P.I, the Testarossa produced in 1984, the college and highschool varsity jackets we could see in Saved by the Bell, the music of Miami Vice played by Jan Hammer, the movie Class of 1984… everything from that period and that specific year was mixed and molded into a weird creature, a kind of Frankenstein’s creature of the 80’s.
ROB

Robin Coudert a.k.a Rob started his musical career in 1998, throughout his connections he colaborated with Sébastien Tellier and Phoenix, but finally his true success comes from his work as a film music composer, among which Maniac (starring Elijah Wood) and Horns (directed by Alexandre Aja).

 

QUENTIN DUPIEUX AKA MR. OIZO

Mr. Oizo is also Quentin Dupieux. Insane film director with insane ideas that brought up the funny movies Rubber and Steak (where Kavinsky has the main support role) and Wrong Cops (featuring Marilyn Manson). Scoring on his own movies Mr. Oizo really displays the array of the French Touch notion.

 

 

 

(the new) DAFT PUNK

A sound more electronic, gritty distorted melodic synths. I haven’t seen Tron – i didn’t dig the idea of a remake -, and even though the soundtrack is not my thing, i find here a more daring and experimental work from the duo with the symphonic dark ambience.

 

 


AIR

Certainly because of their talent, but also because they belong to that pre-conceived idea of elaborated chic and intellectual, the duo will sign the score of The Virgin Suicides, a non-less elaborated film by Sofia Coppola.

The legacy

 

From these two waves fairly noticeable as labelled French Touch new artists have emerged on the musical scene completing the loop referring the the first artists of this trend. However the French Touch branding is less used to promote these new artists.

 

CASCADEUR

 

Using his great talent as a composer Cascadeur has something of an eleborated AIR (Ladyday), with long sophisticated piano lines and orchestral arrangements. The electronic part though discreet is still present.

 

YUKSEK

BRODINSKI&BROMANCE RECORDS

Head of Bromance Records with Manu Barron (his producer). Spending half of his time in the States, Brodinski has become the flagship of the new electro generation, it is not any longer just about music, everything is developped simultaneously : the brand image, the music, the video. Psychotic, teenage and chaotic with a pinch of mysticism. Brodinski always explained that part of his talent came from bloggers who got an interest in his music, he referred to this young generation being able to use a social tool like Myspace to do something out it before it was too late because overused. Humbly this successful man never considered him a good music producer but rather as an artistic director picking and elaborating something out the different works of his collaborators. He is also certainly the man that made a few things possible. Evil Nine‘s Black Brad Pitt certainly made its way to success because of Brodinski.

 

It’s normal then to mention Club Cheval who produced a huge amount of sounds for Brodinski.

 

And Louisahhh member of the same label : Bromance Records.

 

GESAFFELSTEIN

Signed on EMI Music France, this talented French producer developed an image of elegance and smartness that reminds actors of the 60’s. Close friend to Brodinski, you’ll often find them together on stage. Because of his young age, because of the young age of his audience, because electro music has now a long past, Gesaffelstein could pick up sounds from the dissident electro-clash movement and shed the light on its early or more recent productions.

 

THE SHOES

Former members of the band The Film, Guillaume Brière and Benjamin Lebeau created The Shoes in 2007. Popular very quickly and benefiting from collabs from many international musicians and producers. Most of their success will however come from their videos, especially Time to Dance (available on the EP Buy The Time to Dance) directed by Daniel Wolfe and featuring Jake Gyllenhaal that will be backed up by Bret Easton Ellis.

 

 


THE SHOES – Cover Your Eyes (feat Wave Machines) par theshoesmusik

 

MAISON KITSUNE

The clothing store and label certainly occupies an extremely important place. Blending different genres, surfing on the hipster fashion, rather connecting the French population to Japanese culture

PHOENIX

Phoenix the very image of success that every French band tries to reach. This image of success is more of a classic, “we did it.” It is close in its process to the fame of Brodinski in France. A success flavoured with Glam, intellectual pride, with the glitter of the gossip magazine as Thomas Mars, leader of Phoenix married Sofia Coppola a few years ago.

So here we are. The electronic French Touch as a social engineering phenomenon, self-centered, teenage&nostalgic, gothic and mildly self-destructive. A phenomenon with multiple branches, able to feed on different types of models and inspirations, all co-existing at the very same time thanks to the internet ecosphere. Whereas a few years ago the term French Touch was related to a music extracted from the disco house played in Parisian venues, nowadays every music played by a French can federated under the French Touch branding as long as there’s some glam and a little trash gossip thing in it (the more the better). An image of success, of past good moments, embellished souvenirs of something that has somehow never really been is sold (rather than given) to the young generation, that however has this ability to create something sometimes appealing and inspiring even if the base, the raw material is not really sound.

Why didn’t i mention some names ? Because by no means i wanted to do an exhaustive list of all the French producers. The imagery and social engineering interested me, and yes that is true i certainly forgot some (Mondkopf, Dj Cam, Dimitri from Paris, St Germain, …). Others got in the business via another process (to my mind), I, for example do not think that Laurent Garnier or Galliano made their way on international scene following this path. After reading Garnier’s book Electrochoc , that feeling got really stronger. The man couldn’t accept this “froggy Dj” image and always tried to establish his fame on the international scene via his hardwork and a lot of patience. The first wave of the French Touch referred to the 70’s, the second one to the 80’s and benefited moreover of this new step in civilization that is Internet.

The French Touch is not just musical again, it penetrates every genre. Kourtrajmé collective led by Romain Gavras realized videos for M.I.A, Kayne West and Jay Z. So Me – that i already mentioned -, directed the videos of Kid Kudi, Duck Sauce, Major Lazer and other big names of the music industry.

Oh yes David G… i forgot him… damn i can be so irrespectful sometimes…

But no always. Having watched recently a report on Arte.tv about the French festival Les Vieilles Charrues – which is one of the most popular music festivals in France (even in Europe when you check the set lists) -, David Guetta walking out of stage after his show (that is in 2011) said something right about him, i mention it juggling my memory (fast translation) : “the organizers said it was going to be a potential miss but the people were right here into it, i had one of my best times on stage and i proved those who critized me that i had my place…”