Saturday, August 29, 2009

Cadenza, WTF?

Luciano release in minimal house label Cadenza
Release date: 12.10.09

It's been nine years since Lucien Nicolet's first record, and in that time he has
earned his place among electronic dance music's most celebrated names. He's
racked up singles for the likes of Mental Groove, Perlon, Desolat and of course
Cadenza. He's remixed everyone from M83 to Salif Keita, and his mix CDs for
Fabric and Soma's Sci.Fi.Hi.Fi. series have showcased minimal house and techno at
their most sensual, supple and jubilant. And Luciano's DJ sets have become the
stuff of legend the world over. Throughout his career, the Swiss-Chilean musician
has experimented liberally with longer formats, including a live album for Thomas
Brinkmann's max.Ernst label and 2004's groundbreaking No Model No Tool, a
recombinant set of groove components. But in all this time he has released only
one proper studio album, 2004's Blind Behaviour, which veered away from the
dancefloor in search of more esoteric pleasures. At long last, with Tribute to the
Sun, Luciano delivers one of the definitive highlights of his career. Not merely a
"dance" or "electronic" record, Tribute incorporates musical styles from around the
globe with Luciano's inimitable rhythmic sensibility. It draws upon Luciano's
extensive experience as a mover of bodies and a reader of the crowd's mind. Many
of its grooves form an integral part of Luciano's DJ sets, having been road-tested
and continually refined. But it's very much an album to be listened to front to back.
(Most of the album's cuts will also be made available as extended edits, for vinyl
and download alike.) Tribute to the Sun is above all a highly personal portrait of the
artist. Informed by the ups and downs of the artist's life, and the balancing act
between life on the road and the refuge of family life in rural Switzerland, its
moods run from the heavenly grace of "Celestial" to the outright madness of
"Metodisma." This is the fullest portrait yet of Luciano as not just an artist but a
human being.

Four years in the making, the album finds Luciano collaborating with a cast of
musicians as talented as they are diverse. Martina Topley-Bird, of course, is known
for her haunting contributions to Tricky's early classics, as well as for her solo
career and collaborations with the likes of Danger Mouse and Mike Patton. Senegal's
Ali Boulo Santo, heir to a long line of griots and nephew of the legendary "King of
the Kora" Soundioulou Cissoko, was said to be "born with a Kora in his hands"; he
pioneered an electronic fusion of Mandingue Afrobeat in his recordings for Frédéric
Galliano's Frikyiwa label, and here his contributions continue to expand the
possibilities for "world" music in new contexts. Switzerland's Bruno Bieri is the
inventor of the Hang, a kind of steel drum with a sound like a mountain stream;
"Hang for Bruno" features both his limpid melodies and the contributions of the
Israeli percussionist Omri Hason, a student of the Iranian master Djamchid
Chemirani. Omri Is also part of Luciano’s live project Aether.

Samples here


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Mantu said...

I really like the Cd and even the DVD a lot.Wrote even on my blog about it. best mantu

alex said...

i think, it would be better if you also put some liric here.. thanks

Yassin Vassilis CHERIF said...

Anonymous said...

very nice;)

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Anonymous said...

what do you think about?
listen and enjoy it!

love and peace


I found it!

DBLDUTCH said...

This clown is overrated. By factors of ten.

Señor Trumba said...

great stuff!!
visit my blog for some techouse & minimal tracks & news
greetings from Argentina

Anonymous said...

holly shit now i know for sure, luciano realy sucks ass

Krishna said...


I believe music has no language or barriers. The language of music is how it can penetrate your heart and soul. I enjoy good music in all languages, even the ones I do not know.

However, I like the way you review music and its presentation. Keep it up!