As we enter the second quarter of this mystical journey, the Dodecalogue slips into $new clothes and welcomes guests and vocals.
Although "De Maria" is already celebrated by our friends as the standout track of this volume,
the amazing kick from "Femme Et Enfant" composed with Sebastien Tellier deserves its share of attention too.
You might know the man from his frequent Mowgli and Crookers collaborations, his work as a sound engineer for Zombie Disco Squad, Riva Starr and Hanna Holland to name a few, his Deadfish and Dirtybird releases and his countless remixes. The thing that ties it all together is his genuine love for the exploration of sound, production techniques, and his search for the perfect sample. “Minimood” and “Rawmania” where both created by the Master in one night, they should be considered as a cohesive project rather than two unrelated pieces of music, they reveal two faces of the same beast, two emotions from the same heart, two sides of the same coin, two shadows at different hours of the same day, two meatballs from the same dish of rich musical pasta.
Remix-wise, our favourite Bern duo Round Table Knights provided a mini-funky-techy house monster, surpassing all of our expectations. A moving example of tasteful, intricate yet groovy dance music with an infrabass that will tickle your brain as much as it massages your butt. And French upcomers Beataucue delivered this merciless musical rollercoaster ride that has "hit" written all over it in day-glo stickers, making us all feel like we're 500 years old in the process. But it's all good.
Déjà le troisième évènement de notre maison rap au Nouveau Casino. Après deux nuits en formule sound system, nous investissons pour la première fois la salle en première partie de soirée.
Cuizinier, Joke dont le premier street album "Prêt Pour L'Argent" est déjà sold out, Craiz qui vient tout juste d'être mis à l'honneur dans la dernière mixtape Stunts DJs vol. 3 (sortie le 23 novembre) et So Fresh Squad qui préparent un street album et dont la So Net Tape vol 2 est imminente. Les Stunts DJs (Orgasmic & Young Pulse), cerveaux du label, assureront quant à eux le warm up.
After three records, we're starting to get a sense of who Das Glow is. Originally a jeweller, Damien Granier turned to music when he discovered the French Touch, Bpitch Control and German minimalism. His introductory salvo, Weiss Gaz, was one of the most unique-sounding electro record to date, and it attracted the most diverse and enlightened following, from Simian Mobile Disco to Boys Noize to Miss Kittin to MSTRKRFT.
After much touring and remixing, Das Glow came back with Sunburnt, a new attempt at building funk machines from tangled drum patterns, dismantled mech parts and faulty systems. When I Want To Wake Up With You appeared on Alan Braxe's famed Vulture imprint, the dance world discovered that in Das Glow's avant-garde chest beat a heart capable of turning a Boris Gardiner sample into a gorgeous homage to the original French Touch, complete with emoting filters.
Then came his remix for American synth-wavers The Faint, which went at the track so hard and mighty that it became an Erol Alkan and Boys Noize staple and launched tons of requests for the "Das Glow sound".
In Das Glow's imminent future lies Phase IV, an amazing new record which will once again redefine what we know about the man. For now, here is Lite Brite Remixes.
What's with the trend of self-revisionism at Institubes these days? Bobmo rewrites his own "Rock The" in his forthcoming EP, and here, right before revealing his new record, Das Glow whips out a new version of "Lite Brite", off his Sunburnt single.
The original was, as I said at the time, sweet, delicate and quirky, the sound of a perfect melodious morning being swallowed by a perfect bass storm and spit out as a perfect evening. "A Lighter Shade of Bright" is the dusky counterpart to this initial ray of light: a slow-moving, arpeggiated meditation, a viscous, mollassed funk piece.
Strip Steve is that French kid signed to Boys Noize Records and it's the third time he's shared a record with Das Glow, after their split Arcade Mode 7" and a Shadow Dancer single. He delivers a cut-up, swaggered-out reinvention of the classic Bangalter sound that manages to sound at once arrogant and laid-back, like some street urchin casually looking for trouble.
French newcomer Qebrvs offers a remix that sounds like a petulant child, jumping from bonus level to hidden lair before morphing into a hyperactive version of Sebastian.
L-Vis 1990. English bloke. One of the most innovative and talked-about producers of the year, with the talent, creativity and artistic vision to back it up, not only through music but also video and artwork (he is responsible for the massive Riton and Dance Area videos, as well as his own, supported by Michel Gondry's production company Partizan). Championed by blogs, sitting on top of a pile of hypemachine and resident advisor charts, the buzz on L-Vis' releases (on Mad Decent, Dress 2 Sweat) and remixes (for Riton & Primary 1, Buraka, Crystal Fighters, Gucci Vump) is the kind that comes once a year and changes the face of underground club music. We could spend hours explaining how he is the new incarnation of UK bass / club culture and how he blends years of garage heritage with post-modern tribal house, but it's a lot simpler than that: L-Vis 1990 is his own music genre. He's a true phenomenon, and the sensation that we are witnessing the imminent explosion of a massive success has never been so tangible.
Slightly heavier than your average Sound Pellegrino release while still maintaining focus on groove as our primary criterion, this single marks our first exploration of "riddim" territory, AKA we're definitely taking the Eurostar to this one. Somewhere in between UK funky and dark African rave lies Compass, a strong, obvious, destructive and fierce hit that could be interpreted as a punchy follow up to L-Vis' previous single United Groove. Already played by the whole universe from big name BBC Radio 1 DJs to Grenoble techno aficionados, Compass is bound to become a must-play, and we'd like to apologize in advance for the loss of your dear little bedroom speakers. On the infamous "virtual flip", Zahonda serves as the bubbly, quieter yet lethal house tool. Obsessive, repetitive and muddy, it's the chant of Mother Earth reclaiming the dancefloor, or something to raise your arms and worship the Sun to.
The Compass remix is provided by none other than Christian Martin, half of the notorious Martin Brothers and one of the heads of best-in-class San Francisco-based house label Dirtybird. This is another case of "we are so psyched to have one of the inspirations behind the creation of Sound Pellegrino do a remix for us". His take on Compass results in an amazing slice of detailed, elegant and vicious electro-tech that will surprise and win the favors of DJs from all around the spectrum. London's Greena remixes Zahonda into an immediate funky DJ friendly stomper that will leave crowds all shook up, wrapping up this essential single that will undoubtedly give to young underground prince L-Vis 1990 the well-deserved title of "King of Bass".
There are times In the carreer of a top international DJ/Producer where things get a little bit out of control. Times when the glitter, the glam and the fame get a little out of hand. Times when the whole "travelling from the hotel to the jet, and from the jet to the 5000 capacity venue via a helicopter made of gold" - thing kinda blurs one's vision of day to day reality. In times like these, it's important for said DJ/Producer to take a step back, return to anonymity and focus on the music that keeps the underground clubs buzzing. The sweaty, dirty, forward-thinking, genre-defying, risk-taking house music that drives the cool kids crazy. That is exactly what the mysterious entity hiding behind GUCCI VUMP is doing with the release of Sha! Shtil!, The Boogiemanand Casablanco on Sound Pellegrino.
If we wanted to tell you who Gucci Vump was, let's just say we get into some big fat legal trouble with legions of record company people, managers and agents and it would cause an unprecedented diplomatic incident. He is such an important and heavy money-generating figure in the international DJ scene that every piece of information regarding every single one of his release shakes the whole industry up. It's an amazing and exciting thing but we feel that such a media tsunami would turn Sound Pellegrino into a relentless money-making-attention-grabbing-hype-creating machine and ultimately cause more harm than good to the label. The humble little craftsmen of house music that we are much prefer to keep it on the down low. Therefore Gucci Vump's mysterious identity shall not be revealed.
Evidently there has been a lot of talk and speculation surrounding this release and the identity behind the alias "Gucci Vump". People have not quite nailed it yet and all the names that have been thrown around the internet in the last couple of months have all revealed themselves to be phoney. The mystery remains, and the buzz is growing, as gucci vump appears to be playlisted by more and more VIP DJs from around the globe, leaving people asking "who is this guy and what the hell is a Vump?". Mystery and controversy are one thing but when it comes to the music itself, Gucci Vump delivers.
Sha! Shtil! was inspired by a traditional Klezmer song telling the story of a Rabbi dancing like a madman to get rid of the demon in him. According to the general feedback we received, from tastemakers to regular weekend clubbers, the track is a smash hit capable of pleasing every dancefloor. People are just too happy to hear that lady sing in Yiddish, and the production is so crisp, it makes it the perfect tool for every dj to turn the techno party into RABBI-DOME VOLUME FIVE.
Totally in touch with the current interest in local scenes and the merging of fhe folkloric and the futuristic, gucci vump adds a political dimension to the "conceptual sample" game by using bits and pieces from both Jewish (as we heard with Sha! Shtil!) and Arabic traditional music on the same EP. The Boogieman could be the background for a fantasy Indiana Jones pursuit scene in a bazaar that ends up in an indian pit of snakes. And when he received Casablanco Orgasmic instantly described it as "Raï meets UK Funky". The comparison is a little bit "pulling it by the hair" as we say in French, but the tracks are two immense bangers.
On remix duties we have the man of the moment L-VIS 1990, known for his recent releases on Mad Decent and Dress2Sweat, building anticipation for his forthcoming Sound Pellegrino release Compass/Zahonda by providing a deadly yet classy take on "Sha, Shtil!" including one of the most venimous typhoon-shaped basslines heard in a while. Last but not least, Downtown, one half of star duo Renaissance Man, re-invents The Boogieman as a brilliant dubby tech house odyssey complete with sitar stabs and menacing howling noises, a guaranteed hit on deeper dancefloors.
Already supported and played by the likes of Sinden, Erol Alkan, Annie Mac, Fake Blood, Feadz, Edu K, Style Of Eye and many others.
A 19 y.o. rapper from the sunny and studious city of Montpellier.
Discovered last year by Tekitek, he was, well, 18, and only had a couple of freestyles on his myspace page.
After a fistful of well-noticed appearances on the first three STUNTS releases, here's his first street album, titled "PRET POUR L'ARGENT" ("Ready for Money"). Produced by Orgasmic, and a whole new wave of promising french producers.
15 tracks, plus some freestyles, featuring some well-known names in French indie rap: Cuiziner, Craiz, Charly Greane, Tekitek...
The CD might be hard to find outside France, but you can buy it on iTunes .
Before I remind you the way to the Stunts blog, here's the video for "Marty & The Hit Factory", shot in two hours, and delivered to us two days later:
A couple of songs from Joke for you to download, all the links you'll need to order the CD, and freebies from the whole STUNTS gang.
It's mostly a francophone place, but it's really time you learn the language, my friends.
Our Finnish friends and Sound Pellegrino members Renaissance Man have just wrapped this exclusive mix for Sixpack France, making it the third installment in a quite irregular series of musical projects, initiated in 1998 with Feadz' Stagnation Reversed mixtapes, followed by Orgasmic & Tekitek's Sixpack Anthem EP a couple of months ago.
Stream or download this hour of sparse and less sparse house, including a couple of exclusives and special edits by the boys themselves.
This mix will be soon paired with the super limited release of a tee shirt designed by Finland studio Kokoro et moi (also responsible for Renaissance Man's logo and identity), and honestly I'm just posting this with the hope that Lionel will send me one... Medium s'il te plaît...
I am glad to announce the opening of my Dodecalogue.
Each month, for a year, I will release a new record dedicated to studying the Gospels and the apostles.
Join me for a deep, modern, musical and mystical exegesis. Free from classic liturgy, I am embarking upon a tender and chaotic and wandering journey into time immemorial.
In order to make this somewhat easy for you, Institubes and I thought you would like to subscribe to the series.
Welcome to you all.
A word from Unsunned / Institubes
Rob has released two albums: Don’t Kill in 2000 and Satyred Love in 2002.
We loved these records.
He has kept out of the public eye since then. We convinced him to come back.
From June 2009 to June 2010, for twelve consecutive months, Rob will write, record and produce an unknown number of songs, following the occult logic of his own inspiration and the meandering path suggested by the Gospels. Each month, a new record will be released, bearing his name and the title "Dodecalogue"--vinyl and digital formats. Each record will discuss one of the twelve apostles. Twelve records. Rejoice!
The whole thing is ambitious, highly elusive and perilous. What if nothing comes up? Is the New Testament a relevant theme? Should we, in the reign of Benedict XVI, risk being mistaken for Christian lackeys? What if the label folds? More importantly, in the age of instant obsolescence, of dwindling life expectancy, what the hell do we think we're doing? Should we trust you?
As of today, I do not know if these recordings will ever be compiled. One could argue that it doesn't matter. That the right way to experience the Dodecalogue is to follow the work as it unfolds. That you should hop in as early as possible and stick with it. It requires a modicum of discipline. And I think it's good that it echoes the discipline that will be required of Rob. And I think it will be glorious.
This is a pledge. Let's meet once a month for a whole year and see what happens.
As an exclusive treat for all RCRD LBL readers, here's the first volume of this project, dedicated to Peter.