Edges: A New French Electronic Generation
Because Music presents the soundtrack of the new French electronic generation. In 1997, Daft Punk released their debut album, Homework, and revolutionized electronic music globally. A new order stemmed from this seminal record, paving the way for artists such as Cassius, Air and Mr. Oizo, and a new electronic generation with broad ideas (with touches of funk, pop or disco) was born. In 2007, Justice released Cross, a unifying record that reconciled electro clubbers and young rockers in slim jeans on the dancefloor. A new hybrid style of music emerged, a symbol of a generation, aptly-named "French Touch 2.0," gravitating around the Ed Banger label. But they are not alone. Over the past two years, other young producers eager to transcend genres have been working in the shadows, preparing a new electronic revolution. The Edges project captures this birth with a compilation and a live tour featuring three of the most promising artists of this scene. Among these hopefuls, the Jesus look-alike Breakbot, who produced some excellent remixes for Metronomy and Sebastien Tellier; the clubby Parisian duo Gentlemen Drivers who inevitably set the dancefloors on fire; and Nils Hartman from Lyon, whose unusual electro flirts with the experimental. This trio is an awesome representation of the current ultra-inventive, bubbling electronic music scene. In this era of blogs and easy access to the entire history of music, they are among the few French producers who still explore new paths and lay bridges between genres. These 16 exclusive or rare tracks offer a panorama of this extremely free, vital, eclectic scene. Be it Anoraak's romantic '80s electro-pop, Discodeine's quirky mental house or Chateau Marmont's cosmic, retro-futuristic universe, they all took their cue from the first wave of French Touch: musical open-mindedness, hedonism and innovation. This is a snapshot of a "family" of producers who decided not to choose between darkness and fluorescent hymns, dancefloor power and home listening, underground and mainstream. In short, here is the soundtrack of an era. Other artists include: Donovan, Dilemn, Mondkopf, Rove Dogs, Digikid 84, Djedjotronic, Spitzer, Stereoheroes, Spoek & Cerebral Vortex, Danger, and Spa.