This time it’s not one, but two summer compilations that await you lucky people here (new choons from my latest muse Mohini Geisweller, photo; plus Delorean, Tennis, Aeroplane, Silver Columns, Kele & a Yeasayer remix of N.E.R.D. to name a few); and here, the results of my pre-house-move clear-out of old late-nineties electro CDs (gems from Charles Webster, The Gentle People, Adam F, Readymade FC, DJ Assault & Felix da Housecat & more besides!) To be enjoyed preferably in the sunshine with a nice cool one… I certainly will!
Mohini - Milk Teeth: Brought up by hippies, formerly of Sex in Dallas, Mohini Geisweller’s renaissance is due to a series of naive electroballads composed alone in her tiny Paris flat… and to an excellent article in Technikart, from which that incredbile photo was pinched. Blissful
Delorean - Simple Graces: A Barcelona band that sounds like Panda Bear on acid in Ibiza. Frothy but genius
Tennis - Marathon: a US husband-wife duo tipped off to me by an esteemed ex-colleague, they here pull off the doo-wap vibe without succumbing to cheese. Bravo!
Air France - Gothenburg Belongs to Me: nigh-on summer city perfection
Owen Pallett - Lewis Takes Off his Shirt: At first thought this was toss, then saw it’s on Domino, relistened & completely fell for its symphonic subtleties
Valley - Mobile Love: How could yours truly not include a song about being in love with one’s mobby? Geekgasms galore with this first of 2 tracks from the excellent “Colette Ville” compilation
Aeroplane vs Friendly Fires vs Flight Facilities - I Crave Paris: They may have split, Belgian disco duo Aeroplane are still two of the hottest talents out there & prove it simply by recycling one of their old remixes. Effortless stuff & perfectly Parisian. More such goodness on their Soundcloud
Clock Opera - A Piece of String (Plaisir de France remix): In which Clock Opera, early signings to hiptastic Parisian label Maman Records, get reworked by Julien Plaisir de France, also Parisian and deadly hip as you can tell from this choon
Silver Columns - Columns: I meant to check out this Scottish duo (think Hot Chip meets Jimmy Sommerville) & then lo and behold, Alex Mimikaki posted it on his blog!
Jessica 6 - Fun Girl: Like Felix da Housecat in drag. You’ll see what I mean
Tristesse Contemporaine - In The Wake: More Parisian hipness with our friends Tristesse Contemporaine, who here make it onto same “Colette Ville” compilation with this bleak yet ultrasexy track
Jamie Lidell - I Wanna be your telephone (Tiga remix): Thanks, Tiga for saving Jamie after his dire last album: this track sweats dirt (the good kind) from every pore
N.E.R.D - Hot-N-Fun (Yeasayer): Yeasayer remixing Pharrell & co? It works, surprisingly well…
Kele - Tenderoni: The same cannot be said of the Bloc Party’s frontman’s solo electro album, alas. This and 2step rave-up “On The Lam” are the only stand-out tracks: but just try not shaking yo booty to them
The Chemical Brothers - Don’t Think: Another stunnning return to form from these now-old gits of big beats. This one has “raging banger” written all over it.
Old (well, old for me considering I’ve only ever liked new stuff…)
Charles Webster - Ready: “Born on the 24th Of July” is quite possibly one of the finest albums of the nineties. Housemeister Webster’s delicate downtempo melodies sound just as relevant today. Inspired genius
The Gentle People - Hungover: An ephemeral group signed to Aphex Twin’s Rephlex label, their only album was a varied affair highlighted by several beauties. This tale of morning-after pining is by far the best. “Life’s much too short for us to be apart”…
DMX Krew: Good Time Girl: As if the somewhat ironic notion of Ed DMX - star for a few thousand people worldwide - trying to shake off a groupie isn’t appealing enough, Ed adds squelchy beats & we are sold
Adam F - Circles: Yes, yours truly was a junglist back in the day. This is one tune I’ll always be proud to love: cloud-tripping loveliness aiiii
Depeche Mode - World in my Eyes (Dub in my Eyes): From the early 90s (as opposed to late for rest of this compil), this dub stands out for its bridge: around 4 mins, it sounds like a marble bouncing around in your brain. Still never heard anything like it
Kiko - Monique: My first Italogasm, from The Hacker’s Goodlife label. Yummy
Abacus - We Cookin’ Now: Deepest Chicago house on Guidance, with a ‘comedy’ catchline the other half still loves today. Spécial dédicace à chichi!
DJ Assault - Ass n Titties: “Stankin’ ass bitches who needs to wash up / Don’t get mad when I don’t wanna fuck / You need soap and water…” Says it all really
The Chemical Brothers - Out of Control: The Chembros get on both Summercompils thanks to Barney Sumner’s vocals and (what must be) Hooky’s bass at the end: New Order was almost here
Felix da Housecat - Happy Hour: From the album that launched electroclash and Miss Kittin. We don’t miss the former, but the latter sounds like she was having a ball
Readymade FC - A1-Flexion (Part 1): Hedi Slimane asks Readymade to score Dior fashion shows. 14 minutes of nigh-on ambient perfection, with harps *sighs*