The Bird And The Beat
This is the new album from DJ, keyboarder, producer and Gomma Records co- founder Mathias "Munk" Modica. Fourteen electronic funk, futuristic house and indie pop songs that Modica recorded with 12 female vocalists from all around the world. The new album is the logical next step after Munk's previous collaborations with DJ Chloe, Asia Argento, Micky Moonlight or James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem. The album was mixed by Etienne de Crecy, Alex Gopher and Jan Driver (Boys Noize). The album starts off like a classic '90s house record, but quickly develops into a colorful trip into unexpected shades of music. Sometimes deep and Krauty, then again influenced by '90s Italo pop and Eurodance. There is '70s street funk, sweet, Frenchy chanson and Brazilian punk-house. English is mixed with six other languages. Electronics meets the funk of Sly Stone, the humor of Frank Zappa, the pop of Trevor Horn and the romanticism of Italians such as Goblin or Morricone. The album is a modern variation of the "girl vs. producer" thing, like Serge Gainsbourg and Burt Bacharach did some years ago. All music -- piano, synths, xylophones, bass, guitars, drum machines, and Asian percussion -- is played by Modica. The vocalists include Lou Hayter from New Young Pony Club, Clara Cometti of upcoming French bands Koko Von Napoo and The Teenagers, Mia von Matt who used to do background vocals for Peaches, Sarah Ze, a disco princess from Malaysia, Man Recording artist/DJ Joyze Muniz, Russia's Pollyester, actress Missy Chariot, Amandine Morin, a singer from Marseille, and previous Munk collaborator Francy Goertz from Berlin.