24 October 2008

The death of a jazz funk great. Marc Moulin passed away a few weeks ago aged 66. In the early 1970s he formed the avant-jazz collective known as Placebo, taking influence from the genres of jazz, funk and rock and artists such as Jimi Hendrix and James Brown. Placebo featured all the Belgian ‘hipsters’ of those days. They experimented with the Moog and the first synthesizers. Between 1971 and 1975, they released three albums that have become legendary. The 'Placebo years 1971-1974' has been reissued in 2006 and is available here (got mine on order). In the late '70s Moulin formed the disco pop act Telex who went on to achieve more noticeable success, managing a EurLOLvision Song Contest appearance in 1980 and subsequent chart success. The Belgian answer to Kraftwerk, Telex still have a cult following today with names in the Detroit electronic scene citing their music as a big influence. Here are a few tracks including a tribute cover of the Placebo collective by talented French producer Mondkopf.

Telex - Moskow Diskow (alt link)

Telex - The Voice (alt link)

Mondkopf - Aria (alt link)

Arnaud Rebotini of Black Strobe has gone solo and come up with some outstanding material. Taken from the latest Trax mag with more to be heard on his Myspace.

Arnaud Rebotini - The Spirit Of Boogie (alt link)

Rediscovered the Katajanukke EP by Jori Hulkkonen this week. The guy is such a brilliant producer.

Jori Hulkkonen - To The Cabin; Sauna And Drinks (alt link)

Jori Hulkkonen - Enter The Fear: Who Will Be Slaughtered Next (alt link)

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