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Weekend tune when heading to club – MJ Cole ‘Be Sincere’

I am so glad I found a trace of this track! Thanks a lot to Discorgy for that. This tune is for me the perfect appetizer to get in the mood to go clubbing: deep, warm and groovy.

This track is performed by MJ Cole who back in the days (late 90’s) was spinning some real soulful garage/2 step tunes like this one. Since then, ha has been asked a lot for some remixes but never reached the climax of these times…

Wookie was also is big name in the UK Garage scene. By flicking through Youtube, I just found this truly funny video, the video clip form ‘What’s going on’.

Have a nice weekend!

Kick N Run weekly mixtape: College – Teenage color mix (Valerie Records)

Okay, the Kick and Run team wants to treat you right guys. Time to change words into action!

If your rear view mirror in stuck in the 80’s and your feet are stuck in fluo disco dancefloors, it is time for you to listen to this! The future sound of the past as they call it.

Valerie Records is based in Nantes, (West Coast) France. They provide mother’s milk to several musical projects such as College, Anoraak, Minitel Rose or the Outrunners… The common link between these musicians is to dig up the spirit from the best musical masterpieces from the 80’s and to mix it it with groovy and catchy productions.

Not only the Valerie signature is getting bigger and bigger in France now that they also travel to Germany or UK to spread the word! This sound is maybe the answer to our past entry! Medias always starving for some news terrific quotes and comparisons are already talking about a new French Touch. Another one…

Check out it this College mix to have a better understanding of their music and universe. Make up your mind.

Any new music trend for this winter 2008?

London has been long and is still hailed as a bubbling music place, the city where new musical trends born and spread over Europe. Exemples are numerous those last 20 years: electronica, jungle, trip hop…
No need to look further than last year when dubstep invaded all the columns in the magazines and the decks of the DJs. Burial’s second LP ‘Untrue’ was on all the headphones the soundtrack of last gloomy London winter.


Interesting to guess what’s gonna be the next winter musical boom? What is gonna be the next musical trick to come out from the industry’s hat?

The scene needs something fresh from the underground, something that comes from the streets and that translate the feeling of what’s going on right now.
Having said that, many musical movements keep on pushing forward. The electronic scene is still very vivid and new artists and labels mushroom all over the place. Though the fresh prevails.
But even if the industry follows closely everything that emerges from the asphalt, will she get the guts to launch a new trend and spend money in such a bad financial period?
Or will this year serve the same plates as 2007 but microwaved?

With people and average consumers like me cutting down expenses related to leisures, I tend to believe that music industry will not take major bids and play sure shots.
We are the 1st October, let’s see what the situation will be like in a couple of month!

Meanwhile, you can have a look at the freshest dubstep label in France: 7even Recordings

Sven Weisemann blew me away!

I have to tell I received this weekend a major musical blow out!
This was given live and straight forward by the Berlin DJ Sven Weisemann!
If you haven’t checked him out, well all I can say is… that’s a shame.

The scene took place last saturday in Corsica studios, Elephant & Castle, London. Convinced by a friend of mine to go there for the music and sentimental reasons… I agreed to get a move on.

The headline on the bill was DJ Sneak that is to say a legendary Chicagoan house music producer and the support was coming from Sven Weisemann whom I did not know much about before getting in.
Furthermore, I would have been on his MySpace before the performance, I would have thought this was going to be maybe a bit to deep. But live, the guy kicked ass and stunned the whole audience!

And to be fairly honest, Sven Weisemann made me an amazing impression. This Berlin based DJ was really inventive playing a wide range of styles: minimal techno, deep house, Detroit techno… And his technic was speechless.
Almost all his tracks were mint! I even had to fight not to go the toilets in case I would miss a tune!

To get a taste of it, click on this link and you’ll get a couple of mixs (deep house and techno). Unfortunately, he won’t apparently show up in the UK for the next months…

About Sonic Youth this summer

I must admit that being one of the lucky few to welcome Sonic Youth for their only French date in the summer was kind of surreal but awesome. They were everything except self-centered or behaving like ‘Show me respect’. They were talkative even tough they had an harassing journey and I even had the privilege to shake Kim Gordon’s hand (I didn’t wash it yet…) which gives you an idea of how friendly they are.

I couldn’t take pictures unfortunately but I beg you to trust me!

During their show, they played tracks from various albums, some classics and some of their latest tunes. That was definitely a good mix to please fans and newcomers. Besides, their reputation on stage is more than well deserved. They provided us a with a real show, Thurston Moore hitting his guitar with a drumstick, Kim Gordon widely dancing on stage like a teenager, Lee Ranaldo experimenting and Steve Shelley was bent on his drums, focus, powerful and as accurate as a metronome.

All that plus the chance to see them live in my hometown, that was thrilling!

Kazu Makino (Blonde Redhead): just as good as real

A few months ago, Juan and I went to see Blonde Redhead live in Shepherds Bush Empire, London. We were quite disappointed at the end of the show but properly amazed by the aura the singer has had on stage. She was so glowing and charismatic your brain was completely sucked out!

To help you better understand the phenomenon, here is a video interview of her. She is definitely kind of ‘apart’.

Is running a paper fanzine still relevant nowadays?

If Kick and Run would have the possibility to exist physically speaking, I would have liked it to be a proper fanzine. You know those amateur publication, photocopied in emergency and distributed via underground networks. Fanzines are really cool because you can at a glance figure out the whole universe of the mag. Those who run fanzines definitely put a lot of themselves into it creating therefore a unique object.
As a commonplace definition, a fanzine is 1) a free publication (or just to cover the photocopy expenses) 2) representing a sub culture 3) with no commercial interest whatsoever. The big burst of fanzines occurred with the Punk years (with titles like the emblematic Sniffin’ Glue) and is usually related to that period even though you had some Sci-Fi fanzines in the early 20th century.

But now we have blog platforms and we can still create our publication just for the sake of it. But do blogs offer the same possibilities (can you really make it look like yourself?) or do they narrow it to make more affordable (but limited at the same time)? Did technologies and CMS change the deal?

By the way, as a physical magazine, Kick and Run would more likely be called a perzine (contraction for personal magazine – written by 4 hands in this case). Fanzines carry more the image a sub culture press organ investing a place left empty by more professional and commercial oriented people. Though, our common point with fanzines is that publishers, editors and contributors are a really small team of impassioned.

Sniffin' Glue. Fanzines explosion in the UK during the punk years.

Sniffin

By weighting the pros and the cons of blogs possibilities compared to fanzines, the final result is crystal clear.

1) It is easier to figure out the existence of your publication thanks to blog search engines and a good work on your keywords.

2) You can virtually gather your community and make of your blog a ‘virtual meeting point’ by filling up your blog roll, allowing comments to your entries, creating a profile of your publication in social networks…

3) You can turn your publication into a living and interactive title with the help of loads of media (hi quality pictures, videos, slideshows, online music player…); links to other articles; RSS feeds…

And this last point is by far the most interesting as it has completely changed the relationship between the writer and the reader. They can both interfere, exchange, contest and create a forum (a place to discuss freely).
Plus, fanzines claimed to be immediate and done in emergency but in a two horses race, who would nowadays bet on a photocopier rather than a PC+Internet connexion?

So even if fanzines were a piece of paper you could build from A to Z giving it your own personal touch with all the romanticism around it, it is obvious the new technologies offer a better deal.
Back in the days in the 1970’s, the competition between titles was not the same. Let say that existing was already a major point. It was then a question of buzz and to find the good underground network.
And now, what about the multiplication of digital titles ? How to do to face geographical barriers and enlarge your audience?

Blogs offer tons of possibilities that fanzines don’t. And even if the virtual world looks a lot busy right now, it is certainly less saturated than paper magazines.
The strongest is certainly the fact that now you and your readers can be on the same level and it allows you to reinforce the link amongst your ‘community’. Something that despite all the romanticism of a paper publication a fanzine can’t compete with.

If you like this subject, I can recommend you ‘Copyright Volume! 2006-1 – ‘La presse musicale alternative’ (Mélanie Séteun éditions)

Below are some fanzines with the ones Kim Gordon contributed. Pictures were taken at the exhibition Sensational Fix- Sonic Youth in Saint-Nazaire, France.


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