Nov 15, 2012

CFCF

Montreal, Canada 

     CFCF is the stage name of Canadian electronic musician Michael Silver. Based in Montreal, Silver took the name CFCF from the call sign of the city’s CFCF-TV. CFCF’s debut LP, Continent, was an impressive collage of vintage electronic textures evoking grandiose landscapes worthy of a Michael Mann film. The River, an EP based partly on Werner Herzog’s classic film Fitzcarraldo, deepened a growing obsession with conjuring far-away landscapes and voyages through a style which is at times melancholy, propulsive and ecstatic. 




   Working in genres ranging from house and disco to ambient and new age to rap and R&B, and pulling influences from Peter Gabriel and Popol Vuh to Mr. Fingers and DJ Screw, CFCF’s music is at once versatile and far-reaching yet eminently listenable and recognizably pop, and always vivid. Since these two releases Silver has stayed busy with a series of evolving mixtapes. Do U Like Nightbus? explores the titular “genre” through his remixes of Aaliyah, Ciara, and Twin Peaks, while Reincarnation presents a dark mindmeld of exotic chants, pounding drums, R&B crooners, and menacing dancefloors. As with his own music, you get the feeling you are embarking on a fantastic journey to an unknown destination.

Nov 9, 2012

COMPUPHONIC

Music has always been inherent throughout Maxime Firket’s life under several atypical forms : Before producing high quality electronic music (Compuphonic), and being a DJ (Soultronik), he learned the rudiments of classical music since his early childhood. Educated as a violoncellist, and played in several pop-rock bands. He grew up listening to the sounds of Kraftwerk, Front 242, Depeche mode, and eventually got facinated by the essence of Detroit’s music (Kevin Saunderson, Carl Craig …) which made him start Dj’ing. 




The same year, he joined the groovy-club.be collective and started mixing for a Belgian radio (Radio Hellena). In 2002, the duo Soultronik (with Fabian Staquet) was introduced to the world of electronic in Belgium where they appeared in a lot of clubs and parties. In 2003, Maxime took the next step by establishing his own music studio and began performing his own productions. In 2005, by establishing contact with Cosy Mozzy from the Dirty Dancing Record label, Maxime signed for a few EP. 

The tracks have already been remixed by Thugfucker (aka Mr. Negative – mood music label, NY), Spirit Catcher, Sasse, Muskatt Nuss & Bangkok Impact. Now Compuphonic is performing live all over Belgium and in Spain (Rachedingue) and soon in France. 

Compuphonic has also been invited for a live on the well known national radio (Pure Fm) which often broadcasts his tracks. Live act, combined with DJ-set combining electro-house, 80’s, techno and minimal music could be the secret of Maxime’s success

Nov 2, 2012

KIDS OF 88

Auckland, New Zealand (2008 – present) Kids of 88 are a Psychedelic New Wave duo from Auckland, New Zealand signed to independent label Dryden Street. Formed in 2008 by friends of ten years Jordan Arts and Sam McCarthy, Kids of 88 are best known for their single My House which reached number one on the RIANZ charts. Their new single, Just A Little Bit, debuted at #13 on the chart. They released their first album entitled “Sugarpills” on August 16, 2010. 



They describe their music as a cross between a late 80s police drama intro theme and a sophisticated super hussy. Arts and McCarthy are both somewhat elusive and do not give many interviews, but it is known that the two have been best friends for ten years. They attended St Peter’s College in Auckland where they first formed the band Incursa and they ended up winning the 2004 Smokefree Rockquest. Sharing a passion for music, they then decided to become professional musicians. Both McCarthy and Arts were in a band named Cap Gun Hero before KO88, and McCarthy was also a member of Goodnight Nurse.