Part Eighty-Eight. Grenoble born Caroline Hervé, aka Miss Kittin, has over the past years become one of the most inspiring DJs and voices to emerge within the electronic music scene. Alongside long-time production partner The Hacker, tracks such as ‘Frank Sinatra’ and ‘1982’ propelled them into the spotlight, whilst further collaborations with fellow feline Felix Da Housecat’s ‘Silver Screen (Shower Scene)’ and ‘Madame Hollywood’, Golden Boy’s ‘Rippin Kittin’, Sven Väth ‘Je T’aime’, Steve Bug, Antonelli Electric and T.Raumschmiere to name but a few, have confirmed Miss Kittin’s star billing status. She released her debut solo artist album ‘I Com’ in 2004, that showed her spreading her wings with jacking Chicago House, distorted punk attitude, skanked-up Dub and Electronic Pop as the singles ‘Professional Distortion’, ‘Requiem For A Hit’ and ‘Happy Violentine’ so aptly displayed.
The heavily-accented deadpan delivery over techno beats that established her notoriety on previous recordings has been unseated by a desire to sing, to scream, to rap and to croon, all of which she manages to do with ample helpings of sly wit and wordplay and a musical landscape that incorporates both brazen beats and intoxicating atmospherics. However for all her releases and collaborations Kittin’s first and main love remains DJing. From starting out in 1994, Kittin’s name first appeared on a flyer in the chill-out room for a rave in an old military fort in the mountains. From there on Kittin hasn’t looked back. From playing harder edged Techno, rave classics, Chicago, Acid and Detroit Techno Kittin has progressed into more leftfield, Electro and electronic realms. As Kittin says, “I love playing records, it’s probably the best thing I know to do in life. I do it because it’s big fun and it makes me free.”
Based in Paris since 2007, Kittin released her second solo album “Batbox” in 2008, followed by the second album of the collaboration with her all time favorite musical partner The Hacker entitled “Two” in 2009, both released on her own label ‘Nobody’s Bizzness‘. After the extensive live touring of Miss Kittin & The Hacker in 2009 all over the globe, 2010 has seen Kittin’s couple of remixes and collaborations and in early 2011 a release of the ’All You Need’ EP on Mobilee Records, that brought her sultry yet punchy vocals back to the floor with a classic electro bassline. Her 3rd solo album ‘Calling From The Stars’ is set to be released on wSphere April 22nd. Miss Kittin plans to bring a brand new live show to Europe in April and May in collaboration with French artist and film-maker, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster. Perhaps best known for her exhibitions at London’s Tate Modern and the Guggenheim in New York, Dominique will be the Art Director for the forthcoming live shows, promising a truly fantastical and stylish Miss Kittin experience.
Miss Kittin – Bassline EP
Out next week on wSphere Records
FIVE SONGS YOU MUST HEAR THIS WEEK #88: MISS KITTIN
The most amazing band I’ve heard in years. I say that because I just got their forthcoming album called “The Maze”, and it’s a shock. I listened to it a hundred times already, it’s simply genius…and finally a French band with an amazing vision and talent. Some futuristic tracks remind me of Jean-Michel Jarre, Vladimir Cosma and Ennio Morricone to name a few. Can’t wait for the LP to come out.
JUPITER JAZZ-SHAKE IT MAMA
New project of Maceo Plex. What to say. This guy has been unstoppable in the last couple of years. He is always pushing his productions forward. Here, combining dark electro and industrial roots to take club music to a deeper level, far beyond the sunshine house we got used to recently. Nice to see a prolific producer not relying on his success.
FRANK OCEAN-SIERRA LEONE
Best album of last year. I know every note of it. Never heard someone so sexy singing about Sierra Leone and other crazy things, on such minimal beats. Only Pharrell can do that, he found his muse. I am always fascinated by something so good that I could never do. By the way, check this video, it’s mind blowing…
LES FILS DU CALVAIRE-FEMMES D’AFFAIRES
French singing project of D.O.P. A few French producers coming from electronic music realized it was about time to get into the challenge of singing in French. I must say it’s tempting, cos it became too easy to sing in English like everybody does. French language is challenging. They did it brilliantly. I am more than honored to appear on one of their next singles to come.
TURBONEGRO-THE AGE OF PAMPARIUS
Ha ha! I listened to that a lot when I lived in Berlin. I even saw them live a couple of times! I wanted to hear that today. Some gay rock’n'roll to shut the mouth of all these motherfuckers wasting their time in the streets of Paris protesting against gay marriage, losers!