Do you really think there was nothing before the "French Touch"?
France has always been packed with musicians who opened up new ways. Some bands have actually developed a cult following, whether it is "Marie et les garçons," for whom Patrick Vidal was playing, or "Taxi Girl" composed of Mirwais Ahmadzaï and Daniel Darc. These bands blended the energy and revolt of punk with either electronic instrumentation or dance floor grooves. But we have not heard the last from these pioneers of the electronic French sound. Rocker's Delight is the testimony of an effervescent era that laid the foundations, through various hybrid projects, of a new musical idiom and an unabashed attitude, giving way to the emergence of a new musical approach that literally took the whole world by storm. Here are some names to reframe the story:
> PATRICK VIDAL ex-Marie et les garçons, Octobre, Senso, and Discotique, currently playing for Sutra. He recently received a place of honour on compilations and in books and articles about the French punk scene, and is a resident for KABP nights at Boule Noire. He also founded his own personal label, No records, with Thomas Bourdeau, and is preparing a new album for Sutra.
> MIRWAIS ex-Taxi Girl. In '96, he produced Sutra's first album, out on the label Other, in England. Besides his fruitful solo career (see the records "Mirwais" and "Production") and a new explosive single "Miss You", he is Madonna's current musical partner, scheduled to produce
her next record after producing a large part of her previous album "Music".
> THE MICRONAUTS/ CHRISTOPHE MONIER: Right in the midst of a discoid and loungy turmoil, under heavy 'made in France' filtering doses, The Micronauts has imposed a sound recalling both Afrika Bambaataa and Speedy J. With singles 'Baby Wants To Rock,' 'The Jag,' powerful remixes (OMD, Underworld, Chemical Brothers), and the album 'Bleep To Bleep,' The Micronauts stands out by playing a beefed-up electro-'pop'.
> MATTHIEU BALLET ex-Ach So, Oui Oui (at the time of their 2nd album "Formidable"), M. Chance, Mukta, now a renowned producer especially for his work with Arielle (on albums: "Toute une vie à une" and "Mortelle"), Thomas Fersen (latest album "Quatre") and Miossec (latest album "Brûle").
> TOM BOUTHIER, along with his brother, has extensively toured as a DJ throughout England under the name Tom & Jerry Bouthier; they both formed Riviera Splash (on Stress) and The Eurostars with Christophe Monier.
> COSTES all the information is at www.costes.org
. Enter, if you dare, the world of this destroy and 'happenist-dadaist' singer.
Also note the remix of the MICRONAUTS' "Get Funky Get Down", provided with a master's hand by DAFT PUNK.
"Rocker's Delight - The Rock Sound Of Darkest Paris" is the result of a crossing of the swords between electronica and rock, funk, old school hip-hop, house, etc. Far from being a patchwork of dissonant tunes, this album gives a glimpse of a more sombre Paris, more decadent, and in an unconventional need for grooves.
Rocker's Delight is a reference to the Sugarhill Gang and their hit "Rapper's Delight", the first rap music hit.
The Rock Sound Of Darkest Paris is a reference to Joey Negro's compilation on Republic, tracing back the history of garage rock (The Garage Sound Of Deepest New York).
released October 20, 2014
track listing LP + 12''
A / LP
01 DISCOTIQUE "Vie, vida, life"
02 SUTRA "Victime" Feat. MIRWAIS & NATURE
03 DISCOTIQUE "Sexe dur"
04 Dr. LOVE + NATURE "Le Temps" Feat. ARIELLE
B / LP
05 THE MICRONAUTS "Get Funky Get Down (Daft Punk Remix)"
06 ARIELLE par NATURE "Tombes"
07 DISCOTIQUE "Chanson violente"
C / 12''
08 Dr. LOVE + NATURE "La Nouvelle"
D / 12''
09 THE EUROSTARS With TOM BOUTHIER "The Way"
10 LES CLAQUES 2 VELOURS featuring NATURE "Andy Warhol"