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Monsieur Seb Live @ Piknic Électronik, May 30th 2010

Well, the day came, I played and the day went.

It wasn’t as sunny as one might’ve hopped, therefore not as many people showed up, but it was, all in all, a great day!

As I said in the Q&A I answered on the Piknic Électronik website, all the different styles of electronic music are part of one big continuum, but our tendency to try and categorize everything makes it confusing.

Well, this set aims to prove just that with its wide ranging spectrum of sounds (and quite a lot of acid throughout).

Hope you enjoy!

As usual, you can stream it
Live May 30th 2010 or download it by right-clicking the image on the right.

TRACKLISTING

Monsieur Seb Live @ Piknic Électronik, May 30th, 2010, 4 pm to 7 pm, Scène STM

  1. Stars (Rodion & Mammarella Mix) — Visti & Meyland
  2. Do It To The Max — 6th Borough Project
  3. Looking Up To You — The Revenge
  4. Stratus Quo — 6th Borough Project
  5. Hotz 4 U — The Revenge
  6. Night Dance (Max Essa Remix) — Pete Gooding & Chris Coco
  7. Pionir (Lusty Zanibar Remix) — Ichisan & Nakova
  8. Motorcycles — Tiago
  9. Beat-N-Path (Brennan Green’s Anxious Acid Version) — Cage & Aviary
  10. It’s More Fun To Compute (Busy P Remix) — Kraftwerk
  11. Highway 24 — Toby Tobias
  12. Highway 1 — Toby Tobias
  13. Filter 57 Mild — Ichisan & Nakova
  14. Big Bang Love (The Phenomenal Handclap Band Remix) — Gina & Tony
  15. Roller Coaster — Sebo K
  16. The Longest Day — Layo & Bushwacka!
  17. Love Harmonic (Carl Craig’s Soundscape Remix) — Mirko Loko
  18. More Than You Know — Midland & Ramadanman
  19. 99 (Tim Green Rmx) — Cassius
  20. Okay, Cool — Tbd
  21. Voodoo — Tigerskin
  22. Jam Hot (Tensnake Remix) — Johnny Dynell
  23. Fantasy (Faze Action Special Disco Edit) — Johnny Hammond
  24. Dance Me (Beatport Extended Bonus Version) — Riva Starr feat. Trim
  25. Feel Me — Tigerskin
  26. Under The Radar Feat. Fadila (Rozzo Mix) — Mike Shannon
  27. Where Were You Feat. Robert Owens (Kirk Degiorgio Vocal Remix) — Robert Owens, Tj Kong, Nuno Dos Santos
  28. Miracle Man (Lovebirds Instrumental Mix) — Jones, Blank
  29. Thermionic — Lazersonic
  30. Rolling Bass (Ooft Remix) — Vadim Yershov
  31. Rise Rhythm — Willie Graff & Tuccillo
  32. Moon Jocks N Prog Rocks (Todd Terje’s Even Stiv-En Dub Version) — Mungolian Jetset
  33. Surprise Bonus Track

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Monsieur Seb’s Cosmix vol. 5: Universal Boogie

Yes yes yes, boys and girls, it is finally here!

I was itching and scratching to get a new Cosmix iteration out since my set at Picnik Electronik (which was basically Cosmix vol. 3.5) and the ensuing Cosmix vol. 4, last August.

It took a while to put it together and find its groove — I do put a lot of thought and research into that series — but what a groove it found for itself!

This, my dear friends, is definitely the grooviest of the Cosmix series, so far!

You are about to download and listen a massive 2 hours and 38 minutes of tasty bits, the danciest, most straightforward of the lot, but then again, maybe not…

All together, the first three tracks alone take up 35 minutes of the total runtime and about a very groovy hour later, there’s a nice psychedelic break so you can light up a fat spliff before you start dancing again and get worked up for that one-two-three, jab-body blow-uppercut finale that’ll leave you dehydrated and, hopefully, ecstatic. I DO strongly recommend that you listen to this mix in one sitting to fully appreciate it, otherwise the overall groove I was talking about before kinda gets lost…

Personnally, I’ll be bold and daring and say it IS flat out, no competition, my favourite mix in the Cosmix series so far.

Two little tracklist notes:

• The very first track was kindly offered by the artist even though it is still unreleased, and I have promised Dominique to help him get this track signed, so if you have any interest in releasing it or know someone who might, please contact me at dj@monsieurseb.com.

• As you’ve noticed, I take as little credit as possible when recording a mix, after all, I do them to introduce you to artists you might not know. Now, you’ll also notice that one track in the playlist has no links. The thing is, with that one, I have no idea how it got in my iTunes library. I subscribe to dozens of music blogs and such, and when I tried finding a relevant link for this track, I came up basically empty handed. If you have something to suggest, please do!

TRACKLISTING

  1. It’s All Over Now Except for One Last Bit – Dominique Leone (Unreleased)
  2. Gimme (Kango’s Autostrada Dei Laghi Mix) – Headman & Dieter Meier
  3. Venus – Roberto Rodriguez
  4. Untitled Love (Instrumental Mix) – Still Going
  5. The Way You Move (Greg Wilson Version) – Social Disco Club & Maia
  6. PARTY★NIGHT – ID:69
  7. Bumpin’ – Phreek Plus One
  8. This Feeling – Lovebirds
  9. Baby Can’t Stop – Lindstrom & Christabelle
  10. Jetstream (Lindstrom Remix) – Doves
  11. You’ll Disappear (Ilya Santana Remix) – The Phenomenal Handclap Band
  12. Space Summer (Plastique De Reve Sweet Remix) – Ludan Dross
  13. Hot on the Heels of Love – Throbbing Gristle
  14. 45:33 (Theo Parrish’s Space Cadet Remix) – LCD Soundsystem
  15. Looking For What – Lindstrom & Christabelle
  16. A Brag Mount – In Flagranti
  17. Cold Coke feat. Sauveur Mallia – Pierre-Alain Dahan, Slim Pezin, Marc Chantereau, Georges Rodi, Jean Pierre Sabar
  18. Heart Break Dancing – Downtown Party Network
  19. Far Beneath London – Padded Cell
  20. The Pretender (Holy Ghost Remix) – Datarock
  21. Black Flag (Emperor Machine Remix) – Duchess Says
  22. Horns Of Innocence (Xavier Naudascher Remix) – Rebotini

Monsieur Seb’s Best of Two Thousand and Nine

So… 2009 came and went, as did the first decade of a new century and millenium, and what did we learn from it? Depends on how old you are I guess… I am closing my 4th decade (please calculate carefully, that makes me 40, not 50!) and some would probably love to say I have learned fuck nothing… Well, to quote Bran Van 3000, I have learned fuck all!

Must’ve been the pressure from all those blogs and other sources of information I read daily, but I suddenly got the urge to post my favourite music of 2009. A list of my favourite from the whole decade will follow shortly. I didn’t restrain myself to a certain number, it just so happens that I ended up with 20.

All I can tell you is that as this year comes to an end, with the many life changes that are accompanying it into the past, these are the albums or songs or artists that come to mind instantly, or almost so, as I reflect upon the music that has shaped who I’ve become in the past year…

MONSIEUR SEB’S BEST OF 2009

in alphabetical order

hell72DJ Hell – Teufelswerk
Rarely does an album, particularly in the electronic world, capture so aptly the zeitgeist. Two excellent cameos by P. Diddy on The DJ (the man DOES have a sense of humour) and Bryan Ferry — singing an unreleased track of his (U Can Dance, see below) are alone worth the price of the album, but the rest of the tracks are stellar, too. Some have hailed it as the best dance album ever. I wouldn’t go that far, but it’s certainly one of the best of 2009. The track The DJ is featured on my promo mix Inside Me, while U Can Dance can be heard on I Am Rhyhtm.

 

 
jet72Doves – Jetstream (Lindstrøm Remix)
The original is one of the best on the Doves’ latest, and we all know Lindstrøm is very close to being a musical genius, but on this totally groovy remix, he pulled out all the stops and in the first half the keyboard playing almost sounds like Elton John on acid. Major dancefloor scorcher, if you ask me. If I had presented this best of list in some kind of preference order, this one would paobably be my number 1.

 

 
rust72Doves – Kingdom of Rust
Ah! The Doves. No doubt one of my favouritest British rock bands. They have yet to disappoint me, and what’s more, they seem to be getting consistently better after four albums. Compulsion has all the potential to become a classic rock track, as do many others on this opus.

 

 
somfay72Jesse Somfay – A Catch in the Voice
All I can say is that this human being has the uncommon talent to create beauty… Heck, even his Facebook statuses are little gems.

 

 
daly72John Daly – Sea & Sky
Released on François K’s Wave Music, this first album by the Irish producer encompasses his best productions so far plus three new tracks, and it hits the right spot. To quote Resident Advisor: “…this full-length makes its clear that tagging Daly as deep house only covers about half of what he’s up to.” His track exp3 from this album is featured on my promo mix Cosmix, vol IV.

 

 
rice72Jonsi & Alex – Riceboy Sleeps
Ambient done right by Sigur Ros’ singer Jón Pór Birgisson and his life partner Alex Somers. Somewhat reminiscent of my darlings Stars of the Lid, but “cleaner”. According to Wikipedia, Boy 1904 is said to feature the last known castrato singer ever recorded. Definitely an album of potent introspective power and luminescent beauty.

 

 
jori72Jori Hulkkonen – Man from Earth
Already a seventh album for Finland’s Jori Hulkkonen, not couting his mix CD a few years back on Turbo. As always, there’s a certain quality to his productions that’s hard to describe yet immediately apparent… I’m tempted to pin it on his nordicity, but I could be wrong. The standout tracks on this album are I Am Dead, Dancerous, Undercover, Bend Over Beethoven and the title track.

 

 
hpl72Lindstrøm – Little Drummer Boy
Yes, another Lindstrøm oeuvre on my best of the year. I did include the Norwegian in my best of the 2000’s, but I sure wasn’t going te refrain from including his totally flabberghasting take on this Christmas classic on my best of cette année. Now, it is a well-known fact that I love long jams, and as long jams go, this is one of the best with its 42:43 seconds, ranking it just between Manuel Göttsching’s E2-E4 (59:35) and The Orb’s Blue Room (40:00), and it is not only its length that places it in such stellar company, but its intrinsic worth, too. With this production, Hans Peter proves he’s got nothing to envy those guys (as if we needed any more proof after his 2008 album Where You Go I Go Too). Here’s a link to a free download of the edited version, but you won’t have lived a full life until you carefully listen to the full version a few times…

 

 
mala72Malajube – Labyrinthes
If you’re from outside North America, chances are slim you’ve heard of these guys, unless you ear is firmly pressed on the indie-rock railroad track. I wasn’t a fan of theirs before this third album. As a matter of fact, I barely knew more than their name and didn’t try to learn more, as I tend to shy away from bands that are too hyped, as was the case when their second album came out. However, when I received Labyrinthes in the mail last February, I thought I’d give them a real listen, and they blew me away. Definitely in my top 3 best albums of 2009. Indie-rock, yes, but with Prog flourishes that don’t need to blush in the presence of their elder statemen, Labyrinthes is an album borne out of personal hardship and, as most such albums, it radiates an intense light. And I did listen back to their earlier stuff: doesn’t measure up to this. Here’s a link to download the excellent opening track Ursuline.

 

 
Massive Attack – Splitting the Atom
If this four track EP is any indication of what’s to come on their new album Heligoland, due out in February 2010, my guess is that it will be their best album yet, IMHO. The four songs on StA are as beautiful as they are intense, and if you listen carefully, you’ll hear elements from all their previous albums, a sign of true artistic vision.

 

 
Max Essa – Continental Drift
UK born but Japan based Max Essa releases mainly on Bear Funk, one of the labels to keep an eye on if you’re into the Cosmic Disco thing, although Essa’s album would fall more into the Balearic Beat category, if you want to be specific. This link will lead you to an interestingly eclectic promo mix by Essa.

 

 
Milton Jackson – Crash
To me, Freerange Records is the label that replaced the late Paper Recordings as the best Deep House label in England and probably the world, and Jackson has been a stalwart of Freerange for a while, although he’s not the one I’d follow the most closely. That is until he released Crash an elegant exercice de style in (relative) minimalism and deep houseness. Not an album whose tracks you’ll likely hear on dancefloors, but I’d definitely recommend it as a driving album!

 

 
Mungolian Jetset – We Gave It All Away… And Now We Are Taking It Back
One of Norway’s best kept and most valuable treasure, these guys are unique: NO ONE sounds like them (and if you think to yourself “Well, this remix reminds me of so and so”, just listen to another one of their productions: no two are alike). I can only urge you to Google them and explore the breadth and scope of their productions… We Gave It All Away is the perfect tool to do so, but it is only technically an album from 2009, because it is a double compilation of their productions and remixes and, sadly, most of them have been edited, because the Mungs tend to make epic tracks often busting the ten minutes mark (for example Clairevoyage [featured on my first Cosmix promo mix], a Dominique Leone track remixed jointly with Lindstrøm and that hit 12 minutes in its original full length, but was edited down to 10 minutes for this compilation). However, edited or not, unless you want to embark on a hunt for their releases (not an esay task), this release is the next best thing. This track is NOT pon that compilation, but it is definitely one of their good productions.


 
Pezzner
Formerly known as one half of Jacob London, Dave Pezzner had created a solid reputation for himself in two short years with no less than 20 releases and remixes, including three releases of original material on Freerange. His first album is slated for spring 2010 on that label, so lets just hope it won’t be the usual collection of previously released material with a few new tracks. Below is one of my favourite remixes he did in 2009 which is featured on my promo mix I Am Rhythm
 

 
Radio Slave
Certainly not a newcomer, Matt Edwards’ productions and remixes under his monikers Radio Slave and Quiet Village have yet to disappoint this DJ and music lover. Standout track of 2009, to me: his 28 minutes version of DJ Hell’s The DJ. He took the concept to its logical limit and you gotta respect anyone who does that! My buddy Nic B once said that the true Trance inducing electronic music is House and Mat Edwards seems hell-bent on proving so. The track below is also featured in my promo mix Inside Me.

 

 
Roberto Rodriguez
Yes, another producer whose output didn’t once disappoint in 2009, and besides having that little je ne sais quoi that makes me love his productions so much, he excels in many different styles, which is an automatic respect earner for me. The video below is my favourite of his 2009 productions and is featured on my promo mix Inside Me.

 

 
Shit Robot – Simple Things (Serge Santiago Remix)
I’m just gonna let the music talk. You can hear this track on my promo mix Inside Me.

 

 
Stimming – The Loneliness
I could’ve presented Stimming’s whole Reflections album in this best of 2009 list, but this track stands out so much that I decided it deserved to be featured on its own. You can hear this track on my promo mix Inside Me.

 

 
The Flaming Lips with Stardeath and White Dwarfs – Dark Side of the Moon
The Lips are in my opinion one of the only good rock bands in the U. S. of A., one that has consistently dared to explore different sonorities and structures and one that has avoided the pitfalls that are typical of trying to gain or retain an audience that is only superficially interested in their musical creations. Their version of the entire iconic Pink Floyd album, while it might seemingly help them gain a wider audience, probably won’t do so. Not because it is not good: far from it! But the usual “HOW could they do THAT to such a classic album!” type of reaction is easily predictable from 99% of the people who’ll listen to it (if you exclude their fan-base, I mean). Long live Coyne, Drozd et al.!

 

 
The Phenomenal Handclap Band
Live instrumentation dance-oriented rock that channels the spirit of prog rock, blues, disco and eveything in between, this band is made up of members from such bands as TV on the Radio, L’Trimm, Calla, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Mooney Suzuki, and Sí Se. One of their tracks is featured on my ilve mix at Picnik Electronik this past August.

 

 

Monsieur Seb’s Cosmix 3.5: Picnik Cosmix, Aug. 16th 2K9

Well, not really live…

It was hot as hell that Sunday and I was afraid my laptop might overheat from the requirements of running Torq AND recording the set, so I forgot about the idea of recording it live on the spot.

So, I re-recorded the set today in the cool of my basement studio, and here it is for your listening enjoyment.

It is kinda live because I recorded it in one take… 😉

TRACKLIST
1. Natural Lifespan – Cos/Mes
2. Dayglow – Sorcerer
3. Walk on Ice – Downtown Party Network
4. Leave your Earth Behind – The Soft Rock
5. Don’t Turn It Off feat. Qzen (Brennan Green Mix) – 40 Thieves
6. Awright? – Ray Mang
7. I Care – The Bionics
8. Re-Writable Smile (Crazy P Solar Disco Affair) – Tafubar
9. The Magnificent – Lindstrøm
10. Days Like These – Downtown Party Network
11. Italian Stallion – Todd Terje
12. Another Station (Todd Terje Mix) – Lindstrøm
13. Pay TV (Emperor Machine Mix) – Laurent Garnier
14. Hot Beef (No Ears Red Beard Rosbif Remix) – Worst Case Scenario
15. Code 7429 – Lullabies in the Dark
16. The Journey to Serra Da Estrela – The Phenomenal Handclap Band
17. Battlehymn For Children (Tensnake Remix) – The Faint
18. Galapagos – Julian Sanza
19. Mariacha – Nick Chacona
20. Light Bulb – Soft Rocks
21. Brighter Than 1000 Suns – Monsieur Seb & Sir Greg