Lumière Noire Presents From Above vol.1
From Above Vol. I
Lumière Noire Various Artists
12inch & Digital Lumière Noire LN015 / LN015D
release date : 2018.10.26
In just a year of existence, Chloé’s Lumière Noire has brought emerging artists and promising newcomers together – and this rst compilation of 13 brand new tracks expands the roster, exposing the label’s eclectic vision in full daylight.
When Chloé talks about her label, she puts forward the fundamental values that informed her own musical journey, her trust in her own musical taste – and, of course, the predominance of human relationships: “I followed my bliss and only commissioned tracks from artists that I respect and whose music I love. That to me is Lumière Noire’s musical palette.” With this 13-track, unmixed compilation, Chloé makes a case for a label aesthetic that is based in open-mindedness. Familiar, elemental Lumière Noire artists are represented, as are new faces, producing a kind of group photo presaging what’s next for the edgling label.
Lyon’s Markus Gibb leads the track listing with Kuru with a deep chiaroscuro matching the label’s ethos, followed by other mainstays Il Est Vilaine’s Farenheit 451, which evokes Ray Bradbury’s retro-dystopic angst with the band’s usual electro-pop elegance. Sutja Gutierrez, who released in debut EP, The Legend of Time on Lumière Noire in April, pursues his electro-Shamanism with the ceremonial Allodoxaphobia, while Iñigo Vontier (whose EP Aluxes came out on the label in late 2017) brings his C O N T R A project online with track Taurus, a further development in voodoo house. Elsewhere, Suuns lead singer Ben Shemie, who lent his fascinating art-rock croon to Recall, a single from Chloé’s Endless Revisions LP, contributes A Million Kinds, a synthy, psych-pop debut that is as brilliant as it is surprising.
On to the freshman class: Dutch producer Drvg Cvltvre (who gets personal kudos from Chloé with each new 12”) brings the uncompromising dark electro of his hypnotic and claustrophobic Last Rites. Jonathan Fitoussi’s airy, minimalistic Cercles Polaires brings the respite of his recent Versatile Espaces Timbrés LP (a collaboration with Clemens Hourrières): “I met him at Xavier Veilhan’s Studio Venezia at the Venice Biennale. He’s a great guy, and his universe is unique,” says Chloé. Benedikt Frey’s deep techno track Iaon, is on par with his smash 2017 album, Arti cial, out on ESP Institute.
First-timers are also part of the recruits: Bajram Bili with the ten cerebral minutes of Restart, Théo Muller with the ultra-deep Douce Transe, and Lumi, a Basque band that fuses electronic sounds with acoustic instruments, brings the compilation to a close with a track commissioned by Chloé.
These audacious choices are anchored down with the likes of Permanent Vacation pioneer Lauer’s hooky, 80s-infused Pythor (“Just like him, I was a resident of the Robert Johnson, and he was a guest of mine at one of my Lumière Noire nights at the Rex. He is one of these people whose music I highly appreciate“); Aergeworc & Franck Agrario, half of English duo Swayzak David Brown’s project, weaves an ethno* mood into Grace’s techno.
Bringing together different generations, genres, and styles? That may not necessarily be Chloé’s MO. She invokes a more arbitrary, personal logic: “I like to mix of-the-moment tracks and more timeless one, but the rule is above all ‘do I love this or not?’. That was my ethos when I started Lumière Noire.” In that way, the label is de nitely in keeping with its time…
1. Markus Gibb – Kuru
2. C O N T R A – Taurus
3. Ben Shemie – A Million Kinds
4. Drvg Cvltvre – Last Rites
5. Sutja Gutierrez – Allodoxaphobia
6. Théo Muller – Douce Transe
7. Dave e Brun VS Frank Agrario – Grace 8. Benedikt Frey – Iaon
9. Lauer – Pythor
10. Bajram Bili – Restart
11. Il Est Vilaine – Fahrenheit 451
12. Jonathan Fitoussi – Cercles Polaires 13. Lumi – Izerditan
LN011 – Chloé feat. Ben Shemie “Recall” Remixes EP
A1 – Moiré remix
A2 - Jonathan Kaspar remix
B1 – Douglas Greed remix
B2 – Autarkic remix
PREVIOUS RELEASES :
LUMIERE NOIRE 03 : MODERNA Y THEUS MAGO EP
This one is a one way ticket Los Angeles – Mexico – Paris offered by our beloved mariachis MODERNA y THEUS MAGO.
Immersive slow-tracks, techno tension at its worst with sharp acid basslines. Add to this a remix from our favorite electronic post punk band Die Wild Jagd and you just have toRing the bell, tenemos 4 bomb alertas.
Moderna & Theus Mago met in Mexico a day of “Ley Seca” [when the Mexican government shot all bars and clubs down the entire weekend for voting purposes]. That night, as djs in the city were gig-less, they organized an impromptu “illegal” house party outside the city, with most of the local heroes (Mijo, Sanfuentes, Bufi, Andre VII, Moderna, Max Schmitt, Watty and more).
This EP is the result of the « Ley Seca ». This is probably why it makes it so special. 3 tracks of pure modern techno to fight for your right to party?
1-DOG IS CALLING YOU : Slow techno is always stronger. Dog is calling you is expanding slowly into a mixture of acid & techno sounds & pure sex drum machine. This could remind some Mathew Dear’s techno tracks style. Who is the dog ?
2-PAPA EN ROY : That track has something effective & functional I kind of like. Classic techno track with an obsessive & repetitive bassline, upbeated by Moderna’s vocal. It hurts.
3 – ASESINO Psicótico : Violence can be really sexy sometimes. Techno energy + housy groove = asesino + psicotico.
4- DOG IS CALLING YOU (Die Wild Jagdt remix) : Die Wild Jagt is the name for a group of hunters in the german folk tale of the 19th century. It is also THE electronic post punk band that we cherish the most these years, as big fan of their first album on Bureau B last year. Die Wild Jagt has revisited Moderna y Theus Mago to perfection bringing something more organic to this technoid track. They just killed it.
LUMIERE NOIRE 02 : MARKUS GIBB EP
Il est Vilaine left us in a Mexican desert acid and rock-n-roll, away from clubs formats and strobes.
The new release on Lumière Noire, puts the light on Markus Gibb, a more radical universe that flirts with techno, club, and undue.
Lumière Noire’s spectrum is opening.
I play Markus productions very often in my sets … Markus sends me his demos for several years and each time I am surprised by this small addition, this unstoppable intransigence that makes the difference with more techno songs classics that I get.
Markus Gibb has a style of his own and likes to make cohabit techno, new wave and rock n roll.
Having cut his teeth in classical music and in several rock bands, it will make the most of his musical background to embark alone in productions that reflect the perfect combination of influences: a modern, powerful, and inspired directly (the good side) of the 80; martial and mental techno music, drunk accident that makes it wobbly and touching.
Genuine bulimic music and production, Markus is not at his first attempt since it already has a dozen releases on labels as diverse as Clouded Vision, Frucht or Rock to the Beat.
For this second Lumière Noire, Markus Gibb is no exception to the rule and gives us three pieces that are already classics of tomorrow.
“Crises” is a hit that never explodes, a secret weapon that is icy and twisting heads and moving body: deep bass, sharp sounds and beat assassin.
“Charogne » takes its roots in the indus music and applies a real techno treatment. A slow, jerky, a techno juggernaut.
“Bali” is perhaps the most « ufo » song, both melodrama, narrative and strikethrough. The vaporous tablecloths and chanted voice plunge us into a kind of psychedelic trance and cottony: a trip to the Indonesian jungle in hallucinogens.
“Bali Broken English club remix” – Oliver Ho, who we know well at Kill The Dj as we had released his more pop weirdo project THE EYES IN THE HEAT, just revisits Markus with his side project : BROKEN ENGLISH CLUB (remember the emotion aroused by the EP « Violence & divinity » with Silent Servant on CITITRAX): a post-punk noise twist and with a good dose of raw energy.
LUMIERE NOIRE 01: Il EST VILAINE EP
The Parisian duo composed of Simon Says, a longtime friend from DIALECT RECORDINGS, and Florent aka Dorian Grey, a up-and-coming it-boy who focuses on hard techno and rave parties (he’s a former member of the hedonistic Parisian nightlife collective Washin Mashin.) The duo’s first collaboration “SCANDAL EP” (a sweaty disco vibe stained with leather-biker oil) came out in March 2014 and was a big success. I played all sides of this EP in clubs all over the world, so it was easy for me to trust them blindly (in the dark again), giving them the the reins of this first release on LUMIERE NOIRE. I was not disappointed. The villains offered me four haunting and unstoppable tracks that put us in the leather boots of a beat-up James Dean crawling out of a back-room and attempting to conquer the Wild West. Beau programme, isn’t it?”
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