Long before DJs became megastars, Caroline Hervé (aka Miss Kittin) was one of the first performers whose celebrity shined on a scene mired in anonymity. Starting in the early ’00s with hit songs “Frank Sinitra” and “1982,” her career has ridden the waves of success over four albums of electronic-driven pop that always remain fueled by the dance floor.
Her latest, Falling From The Stars, offers yet another look at Hervé. The double disc set feature classic Kittin tunes on disc one, while disc two focuses on moody instrumental electronica — a sound one might only recognize from her tendency to toss an odd Autechre tune in the middle of a blazing techno DJ set. URB asked Miss Kittin to decode her many lives.
The first lady of techno is back. Miss Kittin today announced her third album, Calling From The Stars, which is due out in April 2013. Stars is a double disc album, solely produced by Kittin, with one side more dance floor pop focused, and one side of ambient compositions. Kittin is also giving folks a sneak peak of what to expect, offering up a free download of her new EP ‘Life Is My Teacher,’ whose title track will be included on her forthcoming album, along with a remix by Borderline and two exclusive cuts, “I.L.A.N.E.N.O.” and “Tamarin Bay.”
Amsterdam Dance Event start Wednesday and the over 3500 delegates (and tens of thousands of additional party people) are already heading to the Netherlands for the annual event known best to American’s as the WMC of Europe. And while it might be too late to book your flight, if you happen to find yourself in the Central European Timezone, these are the 12 event see wouldn’t dare miss. …MORE
Has it really been over half a decade since Ellen Allien appeared on the cover of URB with fellow Berliners Richie Hawtin and Miss Kittin? Besides making me feel old (I could never again fly from LA to NYC to Berlin and back in 72 hours, without sleeping, just to get a story—ok, maybe…) this new clip from Ellen is a reminder of exactly why we were so psyched on her back then, and why we still perk up when news of a new Ellen Allien record comes our way. Although frustratingly short, “Our Eutopie” is a great example of the minimal techno-pop that has always been Allien’s specialty on wax. The new album, Dust, comes forth next week.
If we’re rolling into the weekend, this mixtape curated by Little Boots herself is the only way to go. There’s A-Trak, Miike Snow, Treasure Fingers, Fever Ray, Sebastien Tellier, amongst others. It’s a free download from Fool’s Gold.
Tracklisting: And Your Dreams Come True – Beach Boys Walking On A Dream (Treasure Fingers remix) – Empire Of The Sun Precious Little Diamond – Fox The Fox Triangle Walks (Rex The Dog remix) – Fever Ray Obsession For The Disco Freaks – Alexander Robotnick Cruel Intentions – Simian Mobile Disco feat. Beth Ditto Kilometer (A-Trak dub) – Sebastien Tellier Dreaming – Rainbow Team Animal (Fake Blood remix) – Miike Snow Suspicious Minds – Miss Kittin & The Hacker Pulstar – …