“The old Europe ; she won’t revive : may the young Europe offer more chance ?”
François René de Chateaubriand, 1849.
The old Europe works in a relative surprising way : on the one hand, it concentrates on the thinnest continent of the world a certain amount of states, cultures and languages, but, on the other hand, this cultural diversity barely circulate on its territory, so that young Europeans would better know American hits and charts than the successful tunes of their neighbors. Lady Gaga, 50 cent, Katy Pery and other American idols enjoy the advantages of a widespread media system that allow them to reach everyone all around the world. Well, good for them! But what about Europe? This first European Electro-Playlist tries to bridge this gap, by delivering an actual overview of the best European production in electronic music. Have a look at the French, Ukrainian, Serbian, German and, most important Austrian samples, they are great!
♪♪ Ni tu ni nadie – Fangoria : Spain is not only the country of Almodovar’s transexuals, this is also the country of Fangoria’s transexual. The video is quite funny, but the tune would have been better without lyrics. This is to notice that Fangoria sold more than 1,200,000 CDs over the world.
♪♪♪♪♪ Audio, Video, Disco – Justice : We couldn’t choose other tune than this one, from the new album of Justice. Because it inspired the menu of this blog and because it really grooves ! Just a reminder “Audio, Video, Disco” means “I hear, I see, I learn”.
♪♪♪♪ Salmon Dance – The Chemical Brothers : A quite funny tune mixed by the kings of the British electro music, namely the Chemical Brothers. With that song, you will learn how to dance the amazing salmon dance. If you want to, have a look at the title “Das Spiegel” on the same album.
♪♪ Group sex – Imatran Voima : We didn’t know that Finnish people were so interested in that kind of practice. Well a quite lounge tune, not one of the best of this playlist, so if you don’t have much time, just skip it.
♪♪♪♪ Ik Ga Hard – The Partysquad : an excellent tune between rap and electro, and the whole, in dutch ! if you don’t like rap music (as I), just listen to this one, and you may change your mind, because it’s really good !
♪♪♪ NY Excuse – Soulwax : Belgian rock, Soulwax remix ! This is quite interesting to know that the band first recorded this track in a rock version, and then remixed it. The sample is the one of Funky Town.
♪♪♪♪♪ Aaron – Paul Kalkbrenner : This is really a great discovery from Berlin, the living city. It comes from the soundtrack Berlin callin. Of course it is minimal electro music, as always in the German capital. If you want to listen more, just try “Dockyard”.
♪♪♪♪ WARP – The bloody Beetroots : Italy is closed to France, and we can feel it in this tune. It’s just inspired from what Daft Punk and Justice do, even their costume. But they are great ! This tune is quite violent; you may not like it…
♪♪♪♪♪ Catgroove – Parov Stelar : This is one of the best tune of this playlist. It was hard to select one title from the excellent hits of Parov Stelar –a music between swing, vintage and electro. This is excellent. Just listen to “Chamberman Swing”, “Starlight”, “Libella Swing” and “Charleston Butterfly”… Pay attention, this is not the official video clip, but the man is quite good at dancing in it!
♪♪♪♪♪ Shepherd disco – OMFO : Another great discovery. It’s worthy. OMFO (One Man From Odessa) was born in USSR and criticize through music this system. At the end of the tune, just visualize the shepherd…
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♪♪ Just your touch – Mert Yucel feat Derek Conyer: Mert Yucel is considered as the best Turkish reference for electro and house music. The (repetitive) video selected for this playlist has been seen by very few people. I’m sorry, I find it hypnotizing and original.