[Audio] Black Strobe’s ‘The Girl From The Bayou’ reMixes

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This week Aranud Rebotini’s awesome Black Strobe release their Swamp Rock Disco monster, The Girl From The Bayou. The dirty Southern groove comes in a loaded remix package that hold a host of different, deep, takes on the song. Brioski, Crackboy, Pharao Black Magic, Heim, Rambla Boys and Holmes Price all deliver the goods in a varied release.

The Pharao Black Magic mix is the standout for us. The Swiss duo brighten up the track a bit with their breezy, relaxed Disco version. Laid back, but with a solid funk, PBM pump out a catchy hook and work sparsely used vocals and guitar into a hypnotic mantra. Rambala Boys’ early 90s House effort mixes up a deep, deep, rhythm section with a bright arpeggio line that feels instantly nostalgic. Keeping that ominous guitar line lends the mix an enigmatic quality whilst keeping things classy. Our final favourite comes from west country Boogiemeister Holmes Price. Price turns-in the most Disco dancefloor friendly of the reMixes, building his groove around a swinging snippet of the guitars and sweeping Cosmic synths and vintage drums. It;s a pretty pleasing reMix package that seems to have something from everyone.

♫ Black Strobe – The Girl From The Bayou (Pharao Black Magic Rmx)

♫ Black Strobe – The Girl From The Bayou (Rambla Boys Rmx)

♫ Black Strobe – The Girl From The Bayou (Holmes Price Rmx)

Black Strobe’s The Girl From The Bayou is out now.

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An interview with Arnaud Rebotini/Black Strobe

Arnaud Rebotini

An imposing figure in electronic music, Arnaud Rebotini has seen it all. A legend amongst producers who has never been afraid to walk a different path, and the path Rebotini walks usually ends up being emulated by the masses a year or so later.  An analog experimentalist who has ploughed through EBM, Detroit Techno, Acid House, ElectroClash through to and French Electro and Disco leaving a trail of ground-breaking 12” in his wake.

Whether in his solo synthesizer noodlings or as part of ElectroClash come Electro-Rock pioneers Black Strobe, Rebotini continues to push boundaries and inform, rather then follow, current dance music, and even Indie,  trends. He’s latest output being a return to Black Strobe for an ungodly Electro/Swamp Rock hybrid that is as grimy as it is funky.

Amidst all this pioneering and ground-breaking, Arnaud took some time to chat with us about just where the madness comes from.

ER: So, I think you came onto our radar back in 1998/99 with Black Strobe and since then played around with electronic music styles both as Black Strobe and with solo releases. But we get the feeling there’s a lot more going on in your past. Can you fill us in on your musical background, what influenced you to start writing music, and what your musical journey to the point we are at now was?

AR: I starting music in Noisy band influence by band like The Jesus And Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine and Sonic Youth, after that I was singer in Death Metal band, in the same I’m starting electronic music, I released my first 12” around 1995 it’s pretty Experimental Techno. I was influence by early Warp Records and Detroit Techno. I always listen some very different kind of music, was I was teenager my favorite records was Herbie Hancock Head hunter, New Order’s Power, Corruption And Lies, and Muddy Waters: fathers and sons. I don’t thinks that’s changed that much.

ER: From the electronic side of things, as well as the obvious House influences, we hear a lot of old school EBM in your music. What electronic styles have influenced you over the years?

AR: I like all good electronic music, from early Electro Funk stuff, to old school EBM, Detroit Techno Chicago House and Krautrock have a great influence on me. And form Techno a mix between ambient Krautrock band like Cluster or Tangerine Dream and Disco.

ER: And the, of course, there’s the Southern Blues. Especially with the new releases there is a big Swamp Rock vibe going on. There’s a kind of darkness, a kind of seedy sexuality and a kind of lost souls feeling, that this kind atmosphere. When did you decide you wanted to try to combine that with electronic music, was it something you always had in mind?

AR: This sound come may because now I listen a lot of Nu disco stuff and southern rock and blues. At I think it’s really cool to mix it with disco. Like Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson have done in certain way. And the biggest success of Black Strobe are Italian Fireflies and I’m a man, so tried to mix its all in a on one and unique style.

♫ Black Strobe – Italian Fireflies

ER: When do you tell if a track is going to be a Rebotini track or a Black Strobe track?

AR: Rebotini is pure electronic music, and a solo project in studio and on stage. Black Strobe is a band and not only electronic music, you have drums, guitars, vocals.

ER: And your style switches from Bluesy to more electronic and back again. Does that happen organically, naturally, or do you set out to make a particular type of record?

AR: I think it came naturally it’s base on classical chords and melody, everybody all ready know it, and it was funny to me have no classical bluesy production, to make some kind of electronic Blues.

♫ Arnaud Rebotini – Few More Minutes Of Love

ER: So what’s the Black Strobe studio? Do you have a favourite bit of studio kit? Any favourite synths?

AR: I have a nice studio with a lot of hardware stuff, a lot synth, and effects. May be my favorite is one of my first synth, not the most rare, but probably the most versatile, and easy to carry for the live, it’s the Roland SH 101.

ER: If money was no object, what piece of studio gear would be your dream to own?

AR: Probably a Buchla 200 series.

ER: Your music particularly, in the electronic arena, lends itself well to a live situation. What’s your preference, live or studio?

AR: I like both. Studio is the composition and production time, you feel alone with the music. Live it’s the opposite it’s the execution time, and you feel close to the ground

♫ Black Strobe – White Gospel Blues (Extended Version)

ER: Speaking of playing live. Any crazy rock ‘n’ roll stories from your tour adventures?

AR: Playing live spending time on the road, waiting for the soundcheck, waiting for to play, waiting for the next gig. And for the rest what happened on tour stays on tour.

ER: Any nightmare shows? What’s the worst?

AR: I always forget my nightmares.

♫ Arnaud Rebotini – My Life In House Music

ER: What’s your breakfast preference? Cereal or a proper continental breakfast? Would your answer change the day after a show?

AR: My favorite Breakfast is the Proper English Breakfast! After a show I need bean eggs sausage and mushroom !

♫ Black Strobe – Boogie In Zero Gravity (Extended Version)

Black Strobe’s Boogie In Zero Gravity EP is out now.

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Black Strobe’s ‘Boogie In Zero Gravity’ video

The Swamp Electro stylings of Black Strobe’s Boogie In Zero Gravity is now committed to celluloid.

The clip is pretty straight forward, Black Strobe suited and booted, the way all good Electro Blues acts should be. Laetitia Laguze produced the video, which combines a classic feel with some finale psychedelics.

The Boogie In Zero Gravity EP is out now.

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Black Strobe’s ‘Boogie In Zero Gravity’ EP

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Next week sees the release of Black Strobe’s Boogie In Zero Gravity EP. Having spent the last few months releasing some excellent tracks solo Arnaud Rebotini returns to the Black Strobe moniker as the sole surviving original member, and it seems he’s using Black Strobe to experiment and indulge in a new sound. Whilst the ElectroClash beats and seedy Disco synths that are Black Strobe’s trademark remain, we are also treated to an injection of Southern Blues.

Kinda’ building on 2007’s Burn Your Own Church, but with more swagger, and more soul and more electronics. Where as Burn Your Own Church was pretty much a straight up Rock album, Boogie In Zero Gravity is the sound of the deep south, if Moog’s were dead cheep in the down by the bayou. A mixture of soulful swamp Blues and Chicago House, Boogie In Zero Gravity, and it’s flip side White Gospel Blues are definitely unique, if nothing else. But also brilliantly atmospheric. The reMix package is pretty huge, alongside work from Jeremy Glenn with a brilliant man-machine track and and Drop Out Orchestra sweet laid back Disco (neither of which we’re allowed to play you more than 1m30s of, which isn’t worth bothering with really) is a mix from Elijah Collins, a man making a lot of waves recently. He delivers an atmospheric space Disco track. Slightly brooding and very electronic, Collins brings a different side to the Blues. Fellow Blackstrobe Records producer Museum provides a bonus mix which again, retains the Bluesy fell, but channels that through a vintage synth machine that spits out a pulsating analog workout.

♫ Black Strobe – Boogie In Zero Gravity (Extended Version)

Black Strobe – White Gospel Blues (Museum reMix)

♫ Black Strobe – Boogie In Zero Gravity (Elijah Collins reMix)

The Boogie In Zero Gravity EP is out 16th July.

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Black Strobe’s ‘Italian Fireflies’ is back, with a Reflex reMix

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Black Strobe’s ‘Italian Fireflies’ is a bit of a modern classic. Released in 2033 in Kitsuné it had a riff that stuck in everyone’s head and the opening bars of the track, when the riff kicked in, would destroy dancefloors. Now Blackstrobe Records are re-releasing the track with a whole package of awesome reMixes featuring some serious talent bring the track into 2012.

Amongst that talent you’ll find one of our current faves, French SynthPop duo Reflex, who pull the track from it’s dark post-Electroclash resting place into the sunlight with a huge ElectroPop workout. Turning that evil, edgy riff into soaring retro lead line with some choice chords underneath full to give it more of a rousing kick, Reflex have done the impossible and turned the track into something bright and uplifting., which makes a really nice contrast to the growling, moody original. Both takes on the tune are ace and it;s nice to have the choice. The rest of the EP features reMixes from Munk, Yan Wagner, Second Date, Richy Ahmed & Corey Baker, Hey Today! and Mr. Arnaud Rebotini himself. that’s a hell of a reMix package and one we await excitedly.

Black Strobe – Italian Fireflies (Reflex reMix)

♫ Black Strobe – Italian Fireflies

The ‘Italian Fireflies’ reMix package is released 7th March in Blackstrobe Records.

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Black Strobe re-release ‘Me And Madonna’

Remember Black Strobe’s ElectroClash classic ‘Me And Madonna’?

Well, Kitsuné Music have re-released that bad boy and backed it up with some brand new reMixes from The Twelves, Jolie Cherie, Tape To Tape and Grand Crüe.

Grand Crüe get gritty and dirty with the track which keeps it’s sleazy vibe but gets some added grimy synths. Acid growling meets ElectroClash hypnotics in this late night/early morning reMix.

Black Strobe – Me And Madonna (Grand Crüe reMix)

Black Strobe’s ‘Me And Madonna’ is out now!

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