Anonymous producer Crackboy is returning to I’m A Cliché with another EP of warped house music later this month.
Versatile’s album format terrorist I:Cube steps up for the latest Edit Service transmission from I’m A Cliché.
For the uninitiated, the Edit Service series has proved a valuable outlet for gratis tweaks thus far, with fortnightly contributions from I’m A Cliché mainstays Red Axes, Bot’Ox and Cosmo Vitelli. Given the critical reception afforded to I:Cube’s excellent long player “M” Megamix, the French DJ and producer makes for the most high profile addition thus far and further flexes his skill in the art of the lesser known edit – see his contribution to the long running Les Edits Du Golem series for further evidence.
Should your Monday afternoon be lacking in the cowbell department, French label I’m A Cliché are on hand with the second instalment of their fortnightly free edits.
Ahead of the release of Bot’Ox’s album Babylon By Car, I’m A Cliché indulges us in one last round of appetite whetting via this handsome clutch of “Blue Steel” remixes. The original remains one of the most captivating pop songs crafted by electronic producers of recent times, but there’s plenty of ingenuity shown across the remixes present. Still Going opt for the pulsing overdramatic techno stomp, discarding with the distinctive melody and wrapping a small section of the vocals in swathes of driving synths. Versatile Records’ I:Cube delivers a typically glacial deep house version that makes smart usage of the reverberating metallic melody amidst a sea of tense string arrangements and menacing bass patterns. Para One and Tacteel retain the vocals and elements of the aforementioned melody which reverberate beneath a fizzling bass heavy post hip-hop arrangement. Recent Relish additions Hannulelauri, fresh from Aeroplane chart love, add some cavernous delay to Anna Jean’s vocals and slip them beneath a singular key stab groove augmented by a hip hugging bassline.
Interview: Cosmo Vitelli
Cosmo Vitelli is a tastemaker extraordinaire (even if he’s reluctant to admit it). His boutique I’m a Cliché label has steadily built a devoted following in its first five years of existence, unleashing the likes of Yuksek, Simian Mobile Disco, Canyons, Azari & III and Runaway on the record buying public. On top of his work as a label chief, Vitelli continues to innovate and surprise with his own productions. The recent Blue Steel EP, released under the Bot’Ox moniker, was described by Juno Plus scribe Tony Poland as “that most difficult of achievements for electronic music producers – a finely crafted slice of three minute pop music”. With a Bot’Ox LP on the way in 2010, we spoke with Vitelli via email about running a label, why Paris is “annoying” and his potential career in A & R.
Interview: Jacques Renault
Jacques Renault has released on more disco and house labels than you care to mention –from New York’s DFA to French imprint I’m A Cliché; via Matt Edwards’s Rekids and Toshiya Kawasaki’s Mule Musiq. Apart from being a talented musician (he’s mastered everything from the violin to the trumpet and drums), he’s also in demand as a DJ, producer and remixer. Add to that his Runaway project and new label On The Prowl, and you have a real, erm, Jacques of all trades (did we mention he was once a carpenter too?). Aaron Coultate caught up with the man himself to find out more. Read the rest of this entry »
Title: Blue Steel
Label: I’m A Cliche
Genre: Disco/Nu Disco
Buy From: Juno Records
You could forgive Cosmo Vitelli for lapping up the applause when the nu-disco world gave him the golf clap for snapping up Toronto duo Azari & III to his I’m A Cliche label, but no, he was back in the studio with his Bot’Ox buddy Benjamin Bouget working on their fiftth release, this most excellent of two track EPs.
“Blue Steel” is that most difficult of achievements for Electronic music producers – a finely crafted slice of three minute pop music. A unique intro akin to sampling a ping pong ball slowly melds into the twisting melody that is retained throughout, upon which the quite swoonsome vocal talents of the mysterious Anna Jean sit perfectly.
In an alternate universe shorn of Simon Sauron Cowell and Kanye West, “Blue Steel” might go so far as to ripple the main stream. As it is, some BBC intern is likely to ensure it sound tracks Top Gear. Sad.
“Bearded Lady Motorcycle” is aimed sqaurely for the dancefloor. Already a favourite with disco posterboys Aeroplane, it’s the sort of live instrument disco workout you would imagine In Flagranti coming up with if they donned guitar and drum. The title even sounds like a In Flagranti song. Superb.
Review: Tony Poland
Ryan Grieve and Leo Thomson – aka Canyons – have their fingers in many musical pies. The Aussie duo have a debut album due out on Modular in 2010, following on from recent hit singles with James Murphy’s DFA and French imprint I’m A Cliché. They also run their own independent label Hole In The Sky, and are working on a live show that is due to hit the road in the new year. They took some time out from a hectic schedule to speak to Juno Plus about New York boat parties, DJing in dive bars and collaborating with Nicholas Cage.
Be one of the first to watch the super slo-mo video for the new Bot’Ox single “Blue Steel”, directed by Körner Union.
Bot’Ox is one of many side projects for French label owner and music tastemaker Cosmo Vitelli, in partnership with Benjamin Boguet (better known as one half of Tekel). Their last single “Crashed Cadillac” was one of the highlights from I’m A Cliche’s Moments of a Crisis compilation from earlier this year.
The track “Blue Steel” will be released on vinyl and 12″ on November 9.
This latest effort is a real slow burner, with the misty voice of Anna Jean flowing over top of lo-fi melodies and blistering rhythms. We’ve also heard the flip side for the release – “Bearded Lady Motorcycle Show” – which is a more aggressive electro growler.