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03 Sep
Interview with Cvd & Mido [MENACE Records] par

A few weeks ago we discovered Cvd's new single "Mr Fuego". The Parisian offered us a non-stop flight alongside his double Jet Setter and a few rhythm boxes calibrated for the occasion. You have to take this track as a good omen since it is the precursor of a series of singles to appear on MENACE.

How did this Cvd / MENACE connection occured ? Did you know each other ?

M : Yeah, it must be since 5 or 6 years. Charles comes from Toulouse and I think we met via Early Holography who also originates from Toulouse, he crafted the artwork as well as the video of Jeremy Talon's ‘Outs’,the first relase of the label.
I instantly got hooked by Charles' sound, at this time we threw several MENACE parties and he took care of the opening at those occasions (Ras G at Badaboum (RIP), Daisuke Tanabe, Shobaleader One, Squarepusher's side project at the New Morning...)
Charles also mixed and arranged a few tracks on my last EP “Kumo”.

C : You were pretty well established in Paris and above all, the very few to represent the "beat" scene. It was Soundcloud's golden age and back then we were somehow amazed by the quality of the tracks and the number displayed on the listening count. There were Khryo , Adjaman , SNKA , Babel Métis , you Mido , all this dudes we considered as the French ambassadors of the beat scene. Speaking of which, I think I never told you Mido but at first I was a bit scared to approach you for a chat, you all seemed unattainable [laughs]. But soon after, we got closer.

So, you're in Paris since 5-6 years ?

Exactly, I was in Toulouse and I left for Paris because I wanted to make music, I couldn't stay, there was nothing for me in Toulouse. I studied sound engineering at GRM (musical researches group) where I realised that the best way not to make music only for myself was to make music for others as an engineer. Then I decided to knock on record companies' doors and I got hired at Tricatel .

What about you Mido ? Were you in Paris since forever ?

M: I'm from the Parisian region near Enghien-les-Bains but I also lived in Japan, I still go frequently.

Yeah, I was about to ask because there a strong connection with Japan considering MENACE releases and collaborations.

My first trip was in 2012 with my girlfriend at this time, we spent a year there and since then I spend several month more each years and I try to go as often as possible !
Japan was very important for me and the label, for numerous reasons : the label got more professional there, it's in Japan we got our first distributions ( Jazzy Sport ), our first parties as well, Toky00 , Adjaman and SNKA came to play in 2013, it really reinforced our friendship.
Label's “launch party” took place in Tokyo.
Lot of Japanese artists got signed or gravitate around the label, lot of them came to play in Paris for example Daisuke Tanabe , Keita Sano , Ill Sugi , Bugseed , Toshio Matsuura ...

Were there some kind of evolutions since you started MENACE ?

M : Of course, there is a natural evolution for all labels.
I always thought about releasing all genres of music, from beats to eletronica including jazz, indie... I'm really glad of the release of Toshio Matsuura's jazz record : Toshio Matsuura (Presents HEX), it was recoreded and released on CD by Blue Note Japan in 2014, it's a record which is really pertinent in today's scene.
It was the perfect project to open MENACE to new musical horizons, even if it is always more simple after a jazz album [laughs].
We'll continue releasing hip hop and beats but we're currently working on a neo-jazz project and more are to come in electronic, club, ambient, cinematic genre.

What about you Charles ? Were there some steps in you musical project ?

C : At the beginning I played guitar and sang in a band very influenced by Radiohead. We tried to take an electronic turn together but it didn't work, the "computer music" pushed each member to do it on their own. So I had a consequent period making electronic music. But today I come back to something more direct, I try to avoid intricated arrangements... even if I would still have that geek side at the end.

You sing, you play guitar, do you record everything or do you use alternate techniques ?

C: That's right, I record everthing, I can't work with sample, I have the impression of being prisoner from the sample afterward, however I do use lot of field recording for which I use a zoom.

What's next for you Mido ?

M : What's next... a live, ideally a trio with me at the machines, a drummer and someone who would go back an forth between bass, guitar and keyboard...
I recorded several musicians on my new songs, including some musicians from the Orchestre Orage with whom I played a concert last year and also Necky and Jo, the musicians from Underground Canopy, the "neo-jazz" project to come on MENACE in early 2020.
Otherwise I feel good with the music I'm doing now, a melancholic sound, downtempo, between hip hop and electronics, that should remain.

Finally, tell us a little bit about the US, you were there together this year, weren't you ? Mido, do you go there on a frequent basis ?

M : Indeed, I go once or twice a year, I have a few good friends there and MENACE is well distributed. Charles came with me this winter to meet Alpha Pup (Daddy Kev's label, creator of Low End Theory's nights), we work with him now and Charles played at the Ace Hotel of Los Angeles, that was cool !

C : That was awesome to meet there, like a kind of teenager dream which came true.

Cvd - Mr Fuego
16 May
Toy Tonics' head Kapote is back with a 12inch "What It is" par Baptiste

Created by Kapote & Munk in 2013, Toy Tonics is providing some of the funkiest german dance music around. Home of COEO, Black Loops, Jad & The, Rhodes & Brown & more recently Phenomenal Hand Clap , the Berlin based label is in constant evolution with already some classic dance released on their path.

Today we are highlighting Kapote 's new 12inch " What it is". This album perfectly reflects the essence of Toy Tonics , a condensed overwhelming mix of funk, disco, jazz and House music. This one is pure dancing material, perfectly tailored to break any dancefloor:

To prove its efficiency on the dancefloor, Kapote sent us a vibrant 1 hour mix coming along with some of the funkiest gem of the album.

Kapote - Delirio Italiano
Kapote - Spacedrum
Kapote - Brasiliko
07 May
[UNDER COVER] par Baptiste

Découvrez l'histoire derrière la plus légendaire pochette des Beatles

À sa sorti en Juin 1967, Sergent Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band subjugue le monde entier. Le public retrouve les Beatles , au sommet de leur gloire avec un 8eme album , considéré par beaucoup comme l'un des meilleurs albums rock de tous les temps. Lassé de leur sur-popularité et de la folie autour du groupe après les sorties successives des albums "Help" , "Rubber Soul" et "Revolver" , les Fab Four décident d'arrêter les tournées et s'enferment pendant 129 jours dans le légendaire studio d'Abbey Road où prend place une compétition créative entre John Lennon et Paul McCartney .

C'est Paul McCartney fortement inspiré par "Pet Shop boys" , le concept album du non moins génial Brian Wilson des Beach Boys sorti en 1966, qui a l'idée de repartir de 0 et créer un nouveau groupe fictif de toute pièce. Avec Sergent Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band les 4 britanniques signent sans doute leur plus belle pièce, autant sur le plan musical qu'esthétique et l'album devient la Bo du "Summer of Love" de 1967 porté par l'explosion de la contre culture hippie qui envahit le monde entier.

Et oui, la légende de ce disque, s'est autant construite autour de sa musique révolutionnaire qu'autour de la mythique pochette réalisée par l’artistes pop Peter Black & sa femme Jann Haworth .

La pochette est imaginée par Paul McCartney (inspiré par la pochette d’un album suédois obscur sorti trois ans plutôt) et réalisée par l'homologue anglais d'Andy Warhol et père du pop Art Britannique, Peter Black aidé par sa femme Jann Haworth . On y retrouve John, Paul, George et Ringo en costume militaire à la sauce flower power entourés d'une flopée de personnalités plus légendaires les unes que les autres.

L'idée était de créer une photo de famille avec des personnalités admirées et sélectionnées par les membres du groupe. Seul Ringo ne mettra pas la main à la patte. On y retrouve entre autres Bob Dylan , Marlon Brando , Karl Marx , Albert Einstein , Oscar Wide ou encore Marylin Monroe . Un décor digne d’une scène de théâtre façonné comme tel grandeur nature en carton découpé et immortalisé par le photographe anglais Michael Cooper . Les rumeurs racontent que certains membres du groupe étaient sous l'influence du LSD pendant le shooting.

Friand d'humour corrosif et de subversion, Lennon , voulait inclure Hitler, Gandi et Jesus dans la photo de classe mais pour des raisons politiques et polémiques, ils n'ont pas étaient retenus (À part Hitler au premier plan, caché derrière une autre personnalité).

Peter Black réalise son plus grand coup d'éclat et se place au rang d'icone du Pop art tandis que la pochette remporte un Grammy et demeure l'une des plus marquante de tous les temps. L’album quant à lui reçoit des critiques dithyrambique et devient le symbole de toute une génération.

30 Apr

Le meilleur des sorties clips d'Avril c'est par ici les jizz:

23 Apr
Aussie's band Mildlife returns with a hi-powered 12" par Baptiste

About one year ago, four adventurous musicians just released their first album : Phase . What you can expect : a bunch of synths going places, a well-mastered drum-bass duo (extra percussions included), a nonchalant voice and an englobing guitar. Those 4 fellas have known each other of a long time and the 6 tracks result from years spent rocking the pubs and venues of Melbourne and its region. They conceive a very "live" approach of their music, mostly because of the sound and the alchemy they managed to set while performing numerous gigs together, one of them says it all : "It was all about the thrill of jamming together."

Mildlife is a fascinating mix between psychedelic disco, space jazz & funk pop and we can hear all these influences in the opening track : The Magnificent Moon . It begins with an arpegiated synth loop which be joined by the other instruments in no time, the loop won't stop until the end of the nearly 9 minute long song, however, its sound is easily forgettable due to the large palette of sounds and atmospheres later developped by the band...

The other pieces of music are also successful, Zwango Pop , most likely the funkiest song on this record arrives right on time to follow the synthetic tumult of the previous. With Im Blau the band features a softer feeling with the help of flute, vocoder and enveloping synths. Up next, the title track, Phase or Mildlife at its quietest with this very laid back instrumental in which the rhythm gets slower and slower until it matches seconds' flow. The two last songs revive the atmosphere with sound a bit closer to pop even if the band still mixes numerous influences.

The good news is that they're back with a new single ! Without much advertisement, How Long Does It Take? echoes to the two opening tracks of their first release : the 4/4 beat strikes back after an awsome introduction where rhodes and flute are combined in a mystic way. When the bass kicks in, it's like a take off, soon the musicians will take you outerspace thanks to their intergalactical effect and synths, a valuable and well kept secret.

In addition, the 12" comes with two remixes by Daniele Baldilli and Marco Diogini , the two Italians producers turned the song into a weapon of choice for those willing to spice their house/disco playlist. Special award for the " Melba remix " (last one) which could have been entitled "cosmic remix".

The lead singer declared in an interview the band planned to return in studios after the end of their tour, it seems everyone is back in Australia since last October so we might expect an announcement in the forecoming months...

By : Paul Hazera

Mildlife - How Long Does It Take?

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