Another old school electroclash record from way back when this time, a bit darker than Golden Boy's effort and widley regarded as the album that coined the term "electroclash" and home of the cult hit Frank Sinatra long time music buddies Miss Kittin & The Hacker's collabrative effort and the aptly titled First Album
It's a simple collaboration; Hacker on the tech and Kittin taking care of the vocals. you can't argue with results though, take the culture critique of the opening track Life On MTV for example.
Miss Kittin & The Hacker - Life On MTV [click to download]
Originally from the Champagne EP along with Frank Sinatra, this track takes a fairly minimal approach and is pretty much the duo's version of Daft Punk's Teachers making references to Depeche Mode's Just Can't Get Enough, Soft Cell's Tainted Love and New Order's Blue Monday.
Miss Kittin & The Hacker - 1982 [click to download]
Stock Exchange is First Album in a nutshell: it's catchy and all that but the lyrics are... different to say the least, telling the tale of a woman attracted to fancy Wall Street types delivered in emotionless monotone fashion by Kittin.
Miss Kittin & The Hacker - Stock Exchange [click to download]
This track sums up the turn of the millenium electronic scene in a slightly sarcastic way. As a track it doesn't work for long, but thanks to Kittin chiming in occasionally with lyrics like "This is what our music is about: You and Us" it remains fresh and is one of my favourites from the album.
Miss Kittin & The Hacker - You And Us [click to download]
Another one of my favourites; Slow Track is (predictably) a slow track. Hacker's production is solid. It's the shortest track on the album, which isn't nessecarily a bad thing; it's the perfect length for it.
Miss Kittin & The Hacker - Slow Track [click to download]
I know I've missed out the electroclash anthem that is Frank Sinatra, and that's because I prefer this alternate mix of it from later on in the album, it's much more refined than the original mix while retaining the elements that made it popular in the first place, including the Peaches-esque obscene edge to the lyrics.
Miss Kittin & The Hacker - Frank Sinatra 2001 [click to download]
And finally, a single released after the album that got included on the 2009 re-issue, The Beach doesn't fit the techno stylings of earlier tracks and is instead straight up house. Sampling 80's Italo Disco (I Want You by Gary Low) and featuring a Moroder style groove, it's one of my favourite House tracks ever (along with all of Roulé and Crydamoure of course :D).
Miss Kittin & The Hacker - The Beach [click to download]
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-Claude Van Foxbat