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Stade 2

28 November 2011

No big fanfarre for Mr Oizo‘s new box of sounds. It’s him again, yes, with half an hour of “some new stuff” that much like his previous “stuff” is just a collection of schizophrenic experimental sounds.

CAMELFUCK by oizo mr 3000


Released earlier this month Quentin Dupieux doesn’t introduce anything sharper, edgier or newer, it’s his same old shit and psychotropia, but dammit feels good! An 8-bit sounds universe that may feel mature at this stage. His sounds are familiar and there are little variations on his previous exercises, and as no other Frenchie plays the same game, then we can honestly say staying faithful to his musical dogma is the best way to stand out in the POP guitarresque universe Ed Banger and the now defunct French touch have become.

DOUCHE BEAT by oizo mr 3000

MR OIZO / FRANCE7 by oizo mr 3000


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Goodbye Prince Mehdi

16 September 2011

The worst thing about having to say goodbye to DJ Mehdi,  one of our French music references,  is painfully realizing how young he was and all the projects & amazing music he could have done (and was preparing)… so much we’ll miss from now on…

Born in Hauts-de-Seine the northwestern suburbs of Paris, Mehdi Favéris-Essadi became quickly known as one of the thinking heads of the EdBanger French label but his hip-hop roots (DJ for Different Teep (ex-group of Manu Key & Lil Jahson), Ideal J and former member of the collective the Mafia K’1 Fry) and love to mix & mash all music genres made of him one of the most inspiring figures in the European electro & “disco-hop” scene. The last time we talked about him he was bringing new disco sounds with his Brit friend Riton as Carte Blanche.

Apparently Mehdi and some friends were on the roof last Tuesday of his home in Paris celebrating the birthday of Riton. Mehdi received a fatal injury and three others were hospitalized after the roof collapsed. We’ll see you at the other side prince.

Mix DJ Mehdi - Naissance d'un Prince
Mix DJ Mehdi - Naissance d'un Prince

The nice people @ abcdr paid him a tribute with a dedicated mix early this year (Bachir & Slurg) with a great selection of french rap… unmissable, you can listen to and download it on their website. You can always go for the youtube playlist

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Going All the Way

31 May 2011

It’s a wonder that for such a synthetic mode of musical expression, electronic music can produce a primal response. For French electro house artist SebastiAn, the solo releases and remixes of his six-year career offer a potent combination of sex and danger. It’s no wonder then that his first album, Total, has been such an anticipated one and he certainly hasn’t spared us any musical foreplay.

There’s the X-rated teaser video to title track ‘Total’ –a sexually violent montage of internet imagery –released in February, as well the more marketable clip to dance number ‘Embody’. With a whopping 22 songs on the album, you might believe that it comes as welcome compensation for making us wait so long for it. Yet, when many of those tracks barely make is past the 60-second mark, you get the feeling there’s a lot more to Total than a simple sum of Sebastian Akchoté’s very brilliant career.

Firstly, if the teaser featuring the warning sign of provocative content and possible epilepsy at the beginning of the ‘Total’ video is any indication, SebastiAn is an eponymous product of his (and our) time. Throwing an eclectic mix of influences, from his hip hop roots and slick R&B grooves to grunge sampling and early-millennial party-clubbing into that electro mince pioneered by fellow French dissidents Daft Punk and Justice, no sacred rock is left unturned in exploring the infinite possibilities of the digital era.

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Gare du Nord

14 May 2010

The “Gare du Nord” in Paris is one of the neuralgic transport hubs in the French capital…. so many films, riots, bomb threats… so many TGVs & underground trains per minute…. for us, today, it shall be Carte Blanche’s latest song.

Carte Blanche is the duo formed by Parisian DJ Medhi and Englishman Riton, an explosive combination behind this “Gare du Nord”. The clilp (by Marco dos Santos and Julien Demond) is an adapted version of a retro dancefloor video (quite famous btw).

Their EP “Black Billionaires” shall be available on May 31st on the hip Parisian label Ed Banger (you know… the ones behind Justice, DJ Mehdi, Mr Oizo and all that “cool” group of cr** friends we honestly can’t live without. It was about time they released something new & decent!!

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