Speed And Joy
This is the debut full-length release by France's SLuG, a collaboration between former members of the legendary Magma (Emmanuel Borghi, Himiko Paganotti) and John Trap. Borghi played in Magma from 1987 to 2008, and also performed with a lot of jazz musicians such as Steve Grossman, Sunny Murray, Sonny Simons, and many others. In 1996, he moved to Macon to be part of the Collectif Mü and also started another electric project called One Shot, in addition to joining NHX, an experimental electro-jazz band. Himiko Paganotti has sung with the Senegalese band Touré Touré and has worked with different artists such as Ousmane Touré Kunda, Sixtun, Rido Bayonne, Patrick Gautier, Serah, Régis Ceccarelli, 13NRV, Juan Rozoff, Coco m'Bassi and Nicoletta. From 2001 to 2008, she also became a member of Magma. In 2004, she started Paghistree with Emmanuel Borghi where some of the songs became the base for the SLuG project. Their encounter with Thomas Lucas, aka John Trap for his solo project, gave birth to SLuG. A cinematic, darkly abstract mix between avant-garde, prog and folk-rock, with tinges of electro-pop, like Eels meeting Kate Bush and John Williams.