“I make electronic, motorik disco,” says Morgane Lhote, formerly keyboardist during the golden age of Stereolab (Emperor Tomato Ketchup LP) in the mid-1990s! After a long swim in alternative electronic pop culture, the Los Angeles artist launched Hologram Teen, and her debut full-length, Between The Funk And The Fear, just dropped via Polytechnic Youth. Before that, she released her Marsangst EP on Happy Robots Records, a quite diskotek-dancedelic pop experiment; have a listen!
She writes and performs all her music, inviting a few guests when she has a song with certain needs. She’s electronic in a pretty spooky way–you know, disco explosions in the electro-groove she arranges. After all, she was involved in the Stereolab tribe when they were shaking clubs as the people’s beloved alternative pop figures, and mention that most of the DJs were the same people dancing last week in another club. Oh, the glorious ’90s!
Between The Funk And The Fear includes 11 killer tracks for ALL dancefloors, inspired mostly, I think, by French Disco tunes of the 1970s, Brazilian “electrocuted” tribalism, a touch of African vibes all tied together with synthetic chords. The lead track, God (d) Of Thunder vs. Sukia, involves the early ’90s Californian electronic act Sukia, who made it all cinematic-spooky. Don’t think trashy B-movie, just listen!
The following Escape from Paris (Orange Crate Art Remix) is steeped in the “EDM” sound, with loads of effects in a very busy mixdown–a little spooky (of course) hidden kraut electronica style! Never mind the names of the genres and all definitions of sound, the music is and will always be alternative electronic pop!
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