LSE 2008

  • Electronica
  • Crossover
  • France
American Tourister Live @ Les Siestes Electronique 2008

American Tourister Live @ Les Siestes Electronique 2008

Ok, it's a brand of luggage. But it's also one of the local electronic heroes, our own Modeselektor, able to play both weird rumba IDM and stunning glitchy techno tracks. We know that Toulouse is not Berlin and so American Tourister are not Modeselektor, but those kids worth the attention, you could be surprised.
Emperor Machine Live @ Les Siestes Electronique 2008

Emperor Machine Live @ Les Siestes Electronique 2008

Keeping food on the table through a series of high-profile remixes (Daft Punk, Stephen Malkmus, Royksopp, Soulwax...) Andrew Meecham aka The Emperor Machine (but also part of the legendary Bizarre Inc. and Chicken Lips) is back!

The Legend says his new project, The Emperor Machine, is born spawned from a dirty relationship between an EMS VCS3 and a Roland System 100. And listening to his revitalizing great cuts from the seventies, we would say it's definitly true! Using dusty vintage analogue equipment and equally antiquated recording techniques, Andy combines alien sound effects with metronomic percussion. The melody is all over the place and the instrumentation is live in an almost sneeringly blatant manner.
As said by the Phonica dealers "The Emperor Machine's huge robotic brain has returned once more to shine its cosmic light on planet earth" and we would add when retrofuturistic punk-funk meets nu-disco affair, it can only be a pleasure for the ears.

www.dcrecordings.com
Milky Globe + Isan Live @ Les Siestes Electronique 2008

Milky Globe + Isan Live @ Les Siestes Electronique 2008

Milky Globe is the new project from Jon Tye, Lo Recordings label's boss, which has brought the world musical nuggets of joy in the form of original material and remixes from no less than Black Devil Disco Club, Hot Chip, Jackson, Luke Vibert, Sleeparchive, Quiet Village ... and previous incarnations of Jon's himself that have covered everything from Acid and Deep House as Funtopia, Techno and Ambient as LO, Trip Hop and Downtempo as 2 Player, Firing Drill & Bass as Twisted Science and even proto Garage mash ups as Hairy Butter!

For this latest venture Jon has recruited a number of friends and associates for an extended collaboration. Each track on the album features a guest spot from artists like Luke Vibert, James Holden, Nathan Fake and Isan. Invited to play in Toulouse, Jon decided to bring with him the good fellows of Isan . Listen to their live quintessential cosmic disco coloured with a subtle touch of warped folk.

www.lorecordings.com
So So Modern Live @ Les Siestes Electronique 2008

So So Modern Live @ Les Siestes Electronique 2008

The imagination of Foals, the attitude of Devo, the complexity of Liars, the dancing IQ of Daft Punk and the insane energy of Polysics. With keyboards on stage, vocoder, guitars, drums, they will rock your heart and moist your skin. Dancy, funky and spikier than a fine pointed compass, the four post-modernists of So So Modern blow every venue to pieces, every crowd is enthralled by the off-kilter time signatures, tight execution and surprising keyboard-trained noises that circle and dive in without prior warning. Catch them before they get really big !

www.sosomodern.com
A Mountain of One Live @ Les Siestes Electronique 2008

A Mountain of One Live @ Les Siestes Electronique 2008

A Mountain Of One are something of an oddity. The band is made of three studio boffins who earned their stripes in the techno underground only to embark on this ambitious recording project, one which includes the finest elements of '70s and '80s AOR and prog. More precisely, A Mountain of One exists in the same "nu Balearic" interzone as Swedish duo Studio, albeit with a less clearly pronounced debt to dance music. And if A Mountain of One follow the Verve in becoming a ubiquitous rock music choice for dance fans, it will be as much because they embody what dance fans often presume to be the point of rock (the heightened role of performance, the appearance of lyrical depth... perhaps just its alleged capacity for meaning it) as because of their formal similarities to dance music (electronic brushstrokes and voluptuous over-production).
Statuesque and epic, already compared to Pink Floyd's Meddle, the full 70's Santana or even Arthur Russell, A Mountain of One have built their own stairway to heaven.

www.myspace.com/amountainofone
Bertrand Burgalat Live @ Les Siestes Electronique 2008

Bertrand Burgalat Live @ Les Siestes Electronique 2008

Singer, producer, manager & founder of the label Tricatel ... and it's still the first time you've heard of the guy. What kind of music might you expect someone with a name like that to create? Would it be lush and cinematic? Would it be sensual and exotic? Would it be as smooth as the finest silk? Damn right, it would! Burgalat went on to launch his own career in the music world in the 1980s, working with a host of major underground stars such as Einstürzende Neubauten or Minimal Compact. As the French electronic scene burgeoned in the early 90s, Burgalat then became increasingly involved on it, but he was more in the mood for remixing Air, composing for Yves Saint Laurent's ads and so on ... so that Burgalat soon found himself dubbed "the French Phil Spector".

The event that really established Burgalat as a key player on the French music scene, however, was when he set up his own record label, Tricatel, in 1995. Positioning itself at the musical cutting-edge, Tricatel soon established itself as an innovative force, promoting original, up-and-coming talents from a broad range of musical backgrounds. Indeed, Tricatel's stable included everyone from alternative American diva April March, French singer Katerine, legendary string arranger David Whitaker (who worked with the late Gainsbourg), German singer Ingrid Caven and André Popp (a famous composer and orchestrator in vogue in the 60s and 70s) to even Donna Regina.

http://okbertrand.free.fr
Errorsmith Live @ Les Siestes Electronique 2008

Errorsmith Live @ Les Siestes Electronique 2008

It's difficult for us to overstate just how influential Errorsmith (he of the legendary MMM series) has been in the evolution of electro and house (respectively) over the last couple of years. To extend the possibilities of a normal dj setup Errorsmith (mostly with the help of Soundhack) developed a powerful and fierce live set which is simply devastating on the dancefloor. Without loosing the focus on the dancers demand for a pumpin and stompin rhythm, he kick in with an improvised and insprirational jam, to bring back the fun and funk into today's music experience. Full of stretched strings, dysfunctional keys and some padded, beautifully vocoded vocals, it's almost like Errorsmith was challenged to come up with the finest Italo Disco record of the last few years and were only too happy to oblige. Funky as f**k.

www.errorsmith.de
Mondkopf Live @ Les Siestes Electronique 2008

Mondkopf Live @ Les Siestes Electronique 2008

Toulouse producer Mondkopf does a really nice line in moody, atmospheric, bassy music and this remix of the latest single from Jamie Lidell is by no means the exception. He's previously remixed Jonny Cash, The Teenagers, Adam Kesher and Grand National for the pleasure of those good Fluo Kids fellows.

www.myspace.com/mondkopfonthemoon