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Vitalic – Tu Conmigo feat. La Bien Querida

‘Tu Conmigo’ started life as an idea in Vitalic’s head many years ago, eventually ending up as the opening track/introduction to ‘Voyager,’ titled ‘El Via,’ ‘the voyage’ in Spanish. “It was good, but I didn’t get to explore completely what I had in mind,” he explains. “An essential element was missing – Spanish lyrics, something that can make a track radiate, make it universal and positive.”

Now remodelled and extended with Spanish lyrics, the track has taken on a new life. Renamed ‘Tu Conmigo’ it’s a real departure from ‘Voyager,’ and one that might have some Vitalic fans a little taken aback. Evoking memories of holidays abroad with lyrics reminiscent of your first summer loves, it’s refreshingly nestled in a sweet spot between pop, disco and electronic music. Think 70’s crooner meets analogue synths on the dancefloor over thirty years down the line.

Video: Vitalic – Sweet Cigarette

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Sweet Cigarette is also a tribute to ‘Warm Leatherette’ by The Normal, a song I’m obsessed with and is still avant-garde in my eyes. ‘Sweet Cigarette’ sounds metallic and unstable because it made entirely with Buchla synthesisers and wasn’t sequenced. I just played it with the keyboard and that makes the whole thing sound unstable somehow. The lyrics were written by an Icelandic-British friend of mine living in Paris, a community manager in a huge cosmetic brand by day, and a freak known as Blanche Poubelle by night.’ Pascal Arbez-Nicolas / Vitalic

It’s been a good fifteen years now since Vitalic (aka Pascal Arbez-Nicolas) took it upon himself to redefine techno using his native French sensibility, mixing energy and melody to forge his own recognisable style. Many of those tunes, like “Poney”, “La Rock 01”, “My Friend Dario” and “You Prefer Cocaine” went on to become club classics, blurring the boundaries between techno, disco, rock and pop, and profoundly inspiring and stimulating a scene that had been struggling since the end of the ‘French touch’ to find something a little more refreshing than filtered disco house.

For “Voyager”, his fourth studio album composed over the course of two years and the one he considers his most ‘disco’ ever, Vitalic remembers initially wanting to make something that could barely be danced to, inspired by the electronic music of the 1970s. However, that angle of attack was rapidly diverted. “I changed my mind during production and added beats,” he explains. “Voyager” thus became a record that has forgotten nothing of the cosmic disco heritage of the 1980s, dominated by deeply energetic, orgasmic synthesisers with influences from pioneers of the genre like Moroder, Cerrone, Patrick Cowley, Lime, Spacer, Carpenter and Gino Soccio.

Both the name and sublimely retro-futuristic artwork of “Voyager” clearly announce the direction Vitalic has taken – this is a cosmic space odyssey, packed with energy-filled retro-futuristic hits perfect for dancing in zero gravity, followed by melancholic cooldown periods spent contemplating the lost galaxies of the vast cosmos. Conceived as a cosmic journey into the heart of dance music, “Voyager” perfectly brings together the three elements that have always composed Vitalic’s strength: a touch of experimental folly, killer melodies and a joyful overabundance of energy. It’s this magic formula that makes “Voyager” the ideal disc to listen to with your feet on the dancefloor and your eyes fixed on the stars. Or vice-versa.

Video: Vitalic – Waiting For The Stars feat. David Shaw And The Beat

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Vitalic reeases new album, ‘Voyager’ and drops stunning new video to mark the occasion.

Paris-based director David Hugonot Petit talks about the video he made for ‘Waiting for the Stars’ video with fashion designer and avant-garde hair stylist Charlie Le Mindu:

“We went exploring the galaxy with Charlie Le Mindu, looking for primary elements which added up together gave life to shiny creatures made up with particules of glitter ball. Then we simply observed their cosmic ballet, rather chaotic at the beginning, until they end up being aligned and thus find their spot in the universe.”

Vitalic – Use It Or Lose It feat. Mark Kerr

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Drawing closer to the release of his eagerly anticipated album “Voyager”, Vitalic shares the second mesmerising single “Use It Or Lose It”. Continuing the albums cosmic journey, “Use It Or Lose It” launches the listener into warp speed – planets, stars and solar systems stars fly by, punctuated by the stuttered, cascading synth pattern reverberating through the galaxy of his impressively expansive production. Featuring the vocal talents of Mark Kerr, the track perfectly brings together the three elements that have always composed Vitalic’s strength: a touch of experimental folly, killer melodies and a joyful overabundance of energy.

It’s been a good fifteen years now since the French electro/techno pioneer (aka Pascal Arbez-Nicolas) took it upon himself to redefine techno using his native French sensibility, mixing energy and melody to forge his own recognisable style. Many of those tunes went on to become club classics, blurring the boundaries between techno, disco, rock and pop and paving the way the way for the likes of Daft Punk, Justice and Etienne de Crecy.

Both the name and sublimely retro-futuristic artwork of “Voyager” clearly announce the direction Vitalic has taken – this is a cosmic space odyssey, packed with energy-filled retro-futuristic hits perfect for dancing in zero gravity, followed by melancholic cooldown periods spent contemplating the lost galaxies of the vast cosmos. It’s a weightless voyage that sends our emotions on a rollercoaster ride, the ideal disc to listen to with your feet on the dancefloor and your eyes fixed on the stars. Or vice-versa.

Preorder Here: http://www.vitalicvoyager.fr/

Vitalic – Waiting For The Stars feat. David Shaw And The Beat

VITALIC SHARES ‘WAITING FOR THE STARS’ FEAT. DAVID SHAW AND ANNOUNCES 4TH STUDIO ALBUM ALSO FEATURING MISS KITTIN, ‘VOYAGER’ IS SET FOR RELEASE ON JANUARY 20TH VIA CLIVAGE MUSIC AND CAROLINE INTERNATIONAL

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It’s been a good fifteen years now since Vitalic (aka Pascal Arbez-Nicolas) took it upon himself to redefine techno using his native French sensibility, mixing energy and melody to forge his own recognisable style. Many of those tunes, like “Poney”, “La Rock 01”, “My Friend Dario” and “You Prefer Cocaine” went on to become club classics, blurring the boundaries between techno, disco, rock and pop, and profoundly inspiring and stimulating a scene that had been struggling since the end of the ‘French touch’ to find something a little more refreshing than filtered disco house.

It could be said that Vitalic ushered in the French Touch 2.0, masterfully bringing bangers back into fashion and putting France back on the dancefloor map. With his first production signed by tastemaker DJ Hell for his Gigolo imprint, Vitalic paid scant regard to genre boundaries and concentrated on simply knocking out some killer tunes – a mix of irresistible melodies, stampeding synths and pure energy. Within a few years, French electronica had changed direction, eschewing the dancefloors for which it had originally been conceived and starting to tour, live. A revolution was born – Vitalic opened the way and Daft Punk, Justice and Etienne de Crecy followed.

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Since his first album, “OK Cowboy” in 2005 which mixed galloping techno, brass bands, 100,000 volt electric guitars and languorous pop songs so sad they could make a stone weep, Vitalic has constantly tried to reinvent himself, pushing his idea and vision of disco to the extreme. This constant renewal is no doubt where the producer finds his strength, exploring every facet (like a disco ball), the myriad possibilities of what he calls metal disco, or more prosaically “disco-poilue” – fuzzy disco.

For “Voyager”, his fourth studio album composed over the course of two years and the one he considers his most ‘disco’ ever, Vitalic remembers initially wanting to make something that could barely be danced to, inspired by the electronic music of the 1970s. However, that angle of attack was rapidly diverted. “I changed my mind during production and added beats,” he explains. “Voyager” thus became a record that has forgotten nothing of the cosmic disco heritage of the 1980s, dominated by deeply energetic, orgasmic synthesisers with influences from pioneers of the genre like Moroder, Cerrone, Patrick Cowley, Lime, Spacer, Carpenter and Gino Soccio.

Both the name and sublimely retro-futuristic artwork of “Voyager” clearly announce the direction Vitalic has taken – this is a cosmic space odyssey, packed with energy-filled retro-futuristic hits perfect for dancing in zero gravity, followed by melancholic cooldown periods spent contemplating the lost galaxies of the vast cosmos. “El Viaje”, the album’s opening track with its Latin-tinged melody, is the perfect launchpad for this cosmic expedition, where analogue synths (like the super-rare Buchla) have taken over and are now laying down the law. It’s a weightless voyage that sends our emotions on a rollercoaster ride, from first single “Waiting For The Stars” – featuring David Shaw and an irresistible disco-pop hit with gimmicks à la “Funky Town” – to “Levitation”, a veritable turbine punctuated by screams from the crowd as only Vitalic knows how, to “Eternity”, a sort of synthetic opera or contemporary hybrid of Wim Mertens and Klaus Nomi. However, on “Voyager” you’ll also find “Lightspeed”, a true dancefloor bomb filled with outrageously funky synth rifts, you’ll be fascinated by “Sweet Cigarette”, a sombre rock-influenced track haunted by the ghost of “Warm Leatherette” (as performed by The Normal) and “Hans is Driving” an electronic nursery rhyme with Miss Kittin lost in the cosmos discussing the meaning of life with an artificial intelligence, before breaking down in sobs to “Don’t Leave me Now”, a throbbing, ambient Supertramp cover version. Conceived as a cosmic journey into the heart of dance music, “Voyager” perfectly brings together the three elements that have always composed Vitalic’s strength: a touch of experimental folly, killer melodies and a joyful overabundance of energy. It’s this magic formula that makes “Voyager” the ideal disc to listen to with your feet on the dancefloor and your eyes fixed on the stars. Or vice-versa.

Paul Kalkbrenner – Altes Kamuffel (Vitalic Remix)

Paul Kalkbrenner reveals Vitalic’s remix of his ‘Altes Kamuffel’. It is the first time in eight years that Paul has allowed any of his music to be remixed – and paves the way for a forthcoming remix album of Paul’s work, in which he invited close friends to remix tracks of his, of their choosing. Buy here.