NINE INCH NAILS – CLOSER
Nine Inch Nails is a band I love, the mix on this is perfect… everything is very dissociated but absolutely consistent. This track is built instinctively and that makes it very sexual
SERGE GAINSBOURG – L’HOTEL PARTICULIER
My mum used to listen to Serge Gainsbourg when I was a kid but I discovered it later. This song is totally mesmerizing and the bassline is pure magic ! In a old interview of Gainsbourg, he said he was unhappy that this record hds not been successful. But today it has become a standard, a cult record.
PORTISHEAD – ROADS (live)
During my first trip to New York, I was sitting in this venue for this concert. It’s an amazing memory, it was astonishing, powerful, I’ve no words to describe the strong feelings of this evening. I also cried at the end of my first love story to this song.
TAXI GIRL – PARIS
The 80s, the drum machines, the keyboards… There was something new in their music, something hybrid and very modern ; this band made me want to do music.
LALI PUNA – FAKING THE BOOKS
I love the way she sequences the voices, and how she makes the songs grow… it’s always very subtle. I’ve listened to this one on repeat for a long time !
PRINCE – SOMETIMES IT SNOWS IN APRIL
I’m still in denial of the death of this major artist. This song kills me. I listen to it very often, and all his records. I always re discover his huge talent. I’ve seen him once, for a concert at le Grand Palais in Paris, he was having so much fun on stage.
PULP – COMMON PEOPLE
Nothing better to wake up in the morning ! This song has not aged.
It became a great standard of english pop music. It’s so delicate and elegant, I’m a big fan !
I’m fascinated by Jarvis Cocker, he’s my idol !
PATRICK COWLEY – MEGATRON MAN
Best track ever for the dancefloor, it’s so infectious. I’m always headbanging when I listen to it, it’s such a killer track. It’s a true representation of San Francisco in the 80s and of the gay culture at this period.
JEFF BUCKLEY – LOVER, YOU SHOULD COME OVER
I’ve missed him live and I regret that ! It’s a perfect song that makes you realize the amazing voice of this artist. It gives you shivers.
DAVID SHAW AND THE BEAT – NO MORE WHITE HORSES
We met 2 years ago and we decided to work together on my project. He is very talented, one of the musicians the most instinctive I’ve ever met. I love to watch him working in the studio, I love to listen to him speaking about music… I learn a lot with him !
Rubin et le Paradoxe – Le Matin Des Magiciens EP (Her Majesty’s Ship)
Earlier this year, Rubin et le Paradoxe released his latest EP on Her Majesty’s Ship to great acclaim. Now a lead track from the release gets remixed by the talented and innovative duos Get a room! and Concret.
The original single is included here and is a mystical song in three parts featuring the powerful vocals of Brigitte Fontaine as well as the genderless singing of Rubin himself. It is a song that is about introspection, joy, and letting go, all while tethered to slowed down psyche-disco sounds, no wave synths and chilly electronics.
First to remix are Parisian DJs Get a room!, who are well known for their disco edits and productions on Partyfine and the Yuksek label. Their deliciously dark, ghoulish version has heavy kick drums and menacing bass. Italo horror synths and curious melodic sounds add a freaky element and the whole thing is wired up with sinewy lines that are truly fresh.
Next up are Concret, the Italian-Mexican duo composed of Diego Angelico Escobar and Q-Pha. This skilled keyboard player and sound designer flip the track into eight enthralling minutes of glitchy sounds off set by heavenly vocals. There is a gritty late night tension in the track as well as some menacing hits and raw energy that really makes it grab your attention.
The original still sounds fresh here, while the two remixes offer essential new versions that cannot fail to make an impact.
Out Now.. Rubin et le Paradoxe – Le Matin Des Magiciens EP (Her Majesty’s Ship)