Review: For this next selection we can see that the Multi Cult team have assembled a top draw line up to showcase some super experimental dub music, allowing the future of the genre to shine. We kick off with the haunted atmospheric layering and wavy melodic structures of Drugface's ' In The Clouds, followed by the incredible persuasive manoeuvres of Dreems' Digi-Dub-Dub-Dub mix of Espiritu, originally by Nicola Cruz. Next we take it Lo-Fi as Zongamin delivers a trippy bullet with 'Cosmic Serpent', a woodwind led exploration into syncopation and subs. Finally, we hear the Muli Cult remix of Golden Bugs 'Tamba', a vibrant bop consisting of glittering melodic blips and crunchy drum structures. Lovely work!
Review: French leftfield dance hero Golden Bug made his first appearance on Ivan Smagghe and Leon Oakey's Les Disqes De La Mort this time last year, dropping the devilishly good Wild Boys EP. Ironically, the four new productions showcased on this follow-up are arguably even wilder and weirder, in the best possible way. "Progress", for example, melds the arpeggio-heavy throb of druggy Italo-disco with trippy guitars, bizarre effects, and fiendishly fuzzy vocals, while "Physical Disco" is the kind of bizarre electro weird-out that deliciously difficult to pigeonhole. The best of the bunch is arguably "Keep It In The Backwood", a pleasingly off-kilter take on 1980s electrofunk. Also included in the package is a pair of chugging remixes of "Progress" by sometime Hot Creations man Danny Daze.
Review: 2019 is shaping up to be a busy year for Golden Bug aka Antoine Harispuru. Following on from an EP on Ivan Smagge's Les Disques De La Mort, he now drops this idiosyncratic release. The title track features stop-start beats and heavy use of the echo chamber as an eccentric male rambles away in the background. "Tamba", featuring Viktoria Wehrmeister on vocals, resounds to strung out tribal drums, while on "Yama", Harispuru delivers an immersive, dubbed out sound scape. The label has chosen the remixers wisely, with Marc Pinol turning "Trigger" into a wigged out acid track, followed by Krikor's broken beat version of "Yama".
Review: Somewhat surprisingly, it's been eight years since the debut album from French electro-disco misfits Golden Bug. All these years on, the project is now the sole preserve of Barcelona-based Frenchman Antoine Harispuru. He uses V.I.C.T.O.R as an opportunity to showcase the various sides of his musical personality, variously touching on new wave-tinged deep house ("Black Soul"), warped post-punk-meets-dub disco heaviness (the Mascara-clad strut of "Wild Boys"), bubbly acid-disco ("Krokodil"), stylish, alternative '80s electrofunk (the squidgy "The Face Of Another"), trippy electronica (the superb "Dos Pallilos"), and 1980s horror movie soundtracks (album closer "Danse Machine"). Yet despite the disparate - if complimentary - influences, V.I.C.T.O.R hangs together brilliantly.
Taste Of Love (Il Est Vilaine remix) - (8:16) 104 BPM
Un Paradis Artificiel (MR TC remix) - (6:39) 101 BPM
Accroche A Moi (Destino Remix) - (5:36) 110 BPM
Room 666 (Red Axes remix) - (6:32) 118 BPM
Danse Macabre (STA remix) - (5:05) 135 BPM
Progress (Danny Daze Euromix) - (8:32) 121 BPM
Amazonia (Moscoman remix) - (6:44) 118 BPM
Black Soul (2CV remix) - (8:02) 84 BPM
Wild Boys (Strapontin remix) - (5:36) 140 BPM
El Dorado (Thomass Jackson remix) - (6:28) 120 BPM
Krokodil (Get A Room! remix) - (4:38) 115 BPM
Review: A quick glance at the cast-list of remixers contributing to this reworked version of Golden Bug's V.I.C.T.O.R album should tell you it's a set worth checking. Certainly, there are some memorable reworks nestled amongst the 11 tracks on offer. Check, in particular, the fiendishly groovy and low-slung Red Axes version of "Room 666", a fantastic fusion of wild Hammond Funk, low-slung dub disco and wavy post-punk pop, and the wonderfully trippy and psychedelic revision of "Amazonia" by Disco Halal chief and ESP Institute regular Moscoman. The quality threshold remains high elsewhere, though, with Danny Daze's chugging "Euromix" of "Progress" (suitably fuzzy, bass-heavy and analogue-rich) and STA's deep and spaced out dub interpretation of "Dense Macabre" both catching the ear.
Review: Parisian in Barcelona, Golden Bug has made quite a name for himself with his sleazy disco-electro releases on Gomma. Here's he's back, accompanied by Mau, with a newie on the La Belle label. "One Way" is what you expect: heavy punk-funky bassline, looped female singers, whistles, bells and a sleazy boy/girl drawl. In other words, hot stuff! Of the five(!) remixes supplied, the highlights are Freeform Five's acid-funk workout and Kapser Bjorke's hauntingly sublime, doom-disco re-rub.
Review: Antoine Harispuru, otherwise known as Golden Bug, has been delivering consistently excellent levels of disco-tinged house and electro over the last eight or so years, and it was only a matter of time before he's pop up on Ivan Smagghe and Leon Oakey's eclectic Les Disques De La Mort. The original mix of "Wild Boys" features Yan Wagner drooling over the beats in his familiarly lamenting, 80's reminiscent style, and there's a Lord Tusk mix on the back of it; the Londoner adds a subtle EBM flavour to the song, making harder and more penetrating on the dancefloor. "Ik Voel Je" is the weirdo in the crew, a magnificent piece of lo-fi psychedelia that stutters its guitar riffs amid heavy distortions and delays, while "L'Horloge" enters Kraftwerk territories thanks to its broken chops of mechanical voices and robotic beats. A little tip, indeed!
Review: Started as a duo, currently Golden Bug is the solo project of French producer Antoine Harispuru - now based in Barcelona. He is one of the founders of the label La Belle, a label that duo In Fields have appeared on also. They are a London-based project formed by Ed Cox and Raoul Marks. The Bones EP features the slo-mo cosmic psychedelia of the title track (featuring guitarist Diego Hdez from Santa Cruz de Tenerife), this is followed by the deeply tripped out ethnic vibes of "Shakes" and a moody cold wave-infused noir treatment of "Bones" by the ever impressive Fantastic Twins out of Berlin.
Review: Ahead of the release of his 100 Gomma mix CD, Parisian-in-London Jerry Bouthier presents a selection of the 26 exclusive edits he's done for the compilation. There are four edits to choose from, most confusingly of remixes rather than the original tracks! So, we get a catchy, singalong-edit of The Twelves' piano-centric rub of Munk's "Violent Love" and an action-packed cut-up of In Flagranti's hipster-disco version of "Look Look Look" by Golden Bug. There's also a delightfully short and sweet, radio style edit of Alan1's breezy synth work-out "Concentrate", and a percussion-laden extended version of the THC remix of Diskokaine's "Hall of Shame".
Review: Glaswegian label Invisible Inc has released its fair share of music over the years, specialising in all kinds of proto-techno, psychedelic, ambient and cosmic stuff. Dedicated to bringing music from the outer reaches of obscurity to the inner workings of your psyche, Invisible Inc always has a way of finding previously unheard, rare or missed music that sounds as fresh today as the day when it was made. V is For Vision hits that spot again, be it through the epic pulses of emotional bass in Double Discone's "A Pas Feutres" to 80s goa-acid tracks in "Athanato Nero" or via examples of new age/future percussion music in "Soixante Semaines". Label mates Secret Circuit and Sordid Sound System appear in their known ambient and experimental forms, with The Golden Bug hooking up with In Fields for the wandering and tripped out "La Main Jaune".
Review: La Belle is a multinational label owned and managed by three friends in Paris: Antoine Harispuru (Golden Bug), Herr Styler and the La Tebwa Records' head honcho who goes unnamed in this instance (enigmatic!). Eight years, 20 artists and 43 releases, it has quickly established itself with its unique style. Now, they present the One Night Stands series: a unique collection of unreleased tracks, sought-out and selected with all the experience and the appetite of the founders. From London to Tel Aviv via Madrid and Paris, One Night Stands mixes well-established projects such as Golden Bug, In Fields, In Flagranti, Akkan and DESTIINO (Yuksek's side project), as well as newer artists like Sebastopol, Youkounkoun, Ozzy and many others
Review: This time last year, Parisian imprint La Belle - run, at least in part, by Golden Bug and Herr Styler - slipped out their first release. 12 months on, they present an impressive resume of their output to date. Focusing on a stylish, knowing, basement-friendly take on nu-disco, with nods to house, acid, punk-funk and electro - La Belle Season One is a riotous collection of floor-friendly jams. From the acid-infused 4/4 funk of Freeform Five's remix of Golden Bug's "One Way" and the inspired Italo of Moon Runner's "Tlatohua", to the Balearic disco-goes-rave stylings of Pete Herbert's rework of Lou Teti's "Talk About It", there's much to admire. In fact, you'll struggle to find a stronger collection of contemporary disco-inspired business.