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Paul St-Hilaire / Tikiman tribute mix

February 8, 2018 1 comment

 

Berlin’s deep space dub techno scene has a voice, and Paul St Hilaire is surely the one most entitled to claim its title. The artist that first made his mark as Tikiman. Born in Grandbay on the Caribbean Island of Dominica but a true dub vocalist, Tikiman burst onto the scene during the mid-1990s The understated disco dub of “Never Tell You” was the earliest I can recall hearing of him, a debut 10-inch release on Basic Channel’s Burial Mix subsidiary.

Following plenty of other work for Rhythm & Sound, issued via various “Rounds,” Tikiman cropped up as a leading light of My Sound, the debut album by Stereotyp, with Tiki on particularly fine ragamuffin form on the opening title track. The False Tuned imprint was launched around the same time, with first issue “Dub It Witaattitude” pointing away from the techno dominance of the past, and grounding more solidly with the roots reggae that directly inspired him – a fantastic debut with very high production values and a pleasurable organic sensibility. But just in case we thought we knew where the label was headed, the lovestruck collaboration with Rene Lowe titled “Faith” was swathed in the same fog of swirling sub-dub techno beats that marked out his early work.

Ten years ago, Tikiman told journalist Karsten Frehe that “My philosophy is not to stick on one style, but to be open to all good music.” What the future holds for Paul St Hilaire’s music is thus anyone’s guess, but the off-kilter reggae and hypnotic techno that has made up his oeuvre so far ensures the next release is definitely worth seeking out and investigating.

P.-S. : The great video producer Martin Joswig aka A X E L E N T also published if on his YouTube channel.

1) Dialogue – Bongo Shep
2) Rhythm & Sound w/ Tikiman – Ruff Way
3) Molekule – Rhauder feat. Paul St. Hilaire
4) Round Four Find A Way (Vocal + Version)
5) Rhythm & Sound w Tikiman – Why
6) Rhythm & Sound w- Tikiman – Ruff Way (Afefe Iku Remix) [Bootleg]
7) Round Three – Acting Crazy
8) Round Five – Na Fe Throw It
9) Paul St. Hilaire & Rhauder – Skank (Sushitech Record)
10) Paul St. Hilaire & Rhauder – Meanwhile (Sushitech Records)
11) Beat Pharmacy – Sunshine feat. Paul St Hilaire
12) Rhythm & Sound with Paul St. Hilaire – Free For All
13) Rhythm & Sound w/Tikiman – Never Tell You
14) Sideshow feat. Paul St Hilaire – If Alone (Chateau Flight remix)
15) Paul St. Hilaire & René Löwe – Faith (Vox Mix)
16) Deadbeat & Paul St. Hilaire Rise Again
17) Paul St. Hilaire & Rhauder Not Saying Much
18) Tikiman & Stereotyp – Fling style
19) Mind Over Midi feat. Paul St. Hilaire – Ital Swing
20) Paul St. Hilaire – Witaattitude
21) Rhythm & sound w/ tikiman – jah rule

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Millimetrik’s Mystique drums and soundscapes

November 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Mystique drums is the fifth album by Millimetrik a.k.a. Pascal Asselin, who hails from Quebec city (And so am I…) but it’s not the reason why I’m reviewing his album since a lot of readers of my blog are from foreign countries. I’m not too fond of chauvinist people who praise music for their origins or city. It’s not because it’s from Berlin, Detroit or London that the music is automatically interesting. Whilst it’s fair to say that Mystique drums is the work of someone who’s manage to keep himself up to date in the realm of electronic music with dubstep and breakbeat beats spliced together with amazing soundscapes, I think what I liked the most about Mystique drums is the fact that this album has a lot of what dance & electronic records seems to be somewhat lacking these days : emotions. Danse rue de Chabrol danse almost got me confused with Boards of Canada, for its sheer emotional content. It’s music with depth, with an evolving lullaby, a rhythm that never gets tedious, and that seems to glide along with the listener into a peaceful and yet engaging landscape…Chilled and with energetic rhythms, tracks like Quebec city mountains maintain a dynamic presence of elements interacting with each other especially in the rhythm area as Asselin, a former drummer for Below the Sea, also played drums on some of the tracks such as Outhouse / I Wish You Will Never Leave and Gong Fu Cha. As a matter of fact, the only complaint I have with the album, is that I wish some of the tracks would last a bit longer. Listening to Mystique drums is such a pleasant journey, one you’d wish would never end…Bravo Pascal !


Millimetrik : Danse Rue De Chabrol Danse : 2010 / Make mine music

Dubblestandart Meets David Lynch & Lee Scratch Perry on Chrome of Optimism

In 2008, NYC based Subatomic Sound teamed up with Vienna’s dub masters Dubblestandart to begin a series of limited edition 12” vinyl exclusives that brought together iconic originators in the history of dub reggae with the gritty underground vibes of the dubstep movement.The lead 12”, “Iron Devil”, included the first ever dubstep tracks from both Lee Scratch Perry and Prince Far-I, produced in collaboration with Dubblestandart and remixed by Subatomic Sound System and Paris’ Tom Watson.Released on hand stamped vinyl in vintage Jamaican jackets, “Iron Devil” disappeared from shelves worldwide in less than a week. In 2009, the follow up vinyl was dedicated to an explosive pairing of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry with rising Brooklyn dancehall reggae star Jahdan Blakkamoore that revisited Perry’s ‘70s classic “Blackboard Jungle” off the seminal album of the same name, a cornerstone of dub reggae that featured Scratch and King Tubby at the controls. These collaborations are very interesting for their ability to conjure new trends with older sounds, showcasing how far dance music has come in the last few years.

The third 12” in the series is entitled “Chrome Optimism” and on this release Dubblestandart brings together the most unbelievable combination yet, a world class summit of mad genius : Jamaican dub originator Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry together with American filmmaker David Lynch, plus as an added bonus, famed French avant garde composer Jean-Michel Jarre. On “Chrome Optimism”, Scratch exercises his inimitable gift to juxtapose spirituality with humor through wordplay that walks a line between nonsense and profundity: “Hello, Hell is very low and Heaven is very, very high!”David Lynch responds with equally mind twisting metaphors like “Euphoric, chrome optimism” and mantras like “The ideas tell you how they want to be”, describing his powerful experience and obsession with transcendental meditation.The otherworldy melody from Jean-Michel Jarre’s famous composition “Oxygen Part 4” floats over the top. Vienna’s Dubblestandart, NYC’s Subatomic Sound System, & Bristol’s RSD switch up the musical vibes beneath, moving from hard charging dubstep to Perry’s classic dub reggae to spacey soundscapes typical of Lynch & Jarre aesthetics. And surprinsingly enough, it works like a match made in heaven.

The “Chrome Optimism” vinyl EP features two remixes from Subatomic Sound System, as well kicking off the A side with the first, a bombastic distorted sub-bass heavy beast that threatens to define a new genre somewhere between dubstep, dub reggae, and the twisted ambience of David Lynch’s film scores. A very mesmerizing EP that’s gonna rock dubstep crowd as well as old school dub heads.

Dubblestandart, David Lynch & Lee Scratch Perry : Chrome optimism (Subatomic Sound US : 2010)

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