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“ The underground is what the politically correct devastates. Being able to make a step aside, daring to make what the times do not take in count”.
This is the leitmotiv that defines best the work and state of mind of Monoblok & PSLKTR, an upcoming explosive duo composed of two activists of the electronic scene from the north of France.
Yann Aubertot aka Monoblok is a born experimentalist and a master in the science of obscure audio plugins with a solid classical music background. Founder and curator of Rodoid netlabel, organiser of Paysages Électroniques festival, Monoblok has been playing around with electronic textures for the most part of his life and today he produces hybrid minimal techno with an experimental edge.
Benoît Mascot aka PSLKTR has been setting dancefloors on fire at many clubs and festivals in Europe alongside some of the main international djs & live acts. Party promoter/Resident DJ at the famous underground Kiosk Club in Lille and resident DJ at N.A.M.E. Festival, he has been also part of Signaletik Records.
Since they decided to join forces, Monoblok & PSLKTR have been busy producing and defining their own personal style by synthesizing their respective ideas and influences.
They started releasing material in mid 2009 on the french label Notorious Elektro, home of artists such as Oxia, The Hacker or Kiko. Their “Straighthead EP” proved highly effective on the dancefloors and the two guys instantly gained true recognition and support from the electronic scene.
2010 was the year they found their own sound and started to work on a liveset to rock the clubs. After releasing “Make/Shift EP” on the Berlin based label Lebensfreude Records and doing a remix for the emerging UK hope Paul Loraine on Electric Sheep Records, their roads crossed those of two other french producers, Siskid & Remain.
Both residents of the legendary Pulp Club in Paris and guitar player for Blackstrobe, they launched their own label, Meant Records and enlisted the duo. Since then, Monoblok & PSLKTR released the acclaimed “Wonky Tonk Ep”, featuring a remix by Ivan Smagghe (a rare solo effort), and appeared in Trax & Tsugi magazine’s samplers & compilation (“Ready for 2011?” Trax’s first ever compilation dedicated to french electronic hopes).
Besides remixing tracks for Remain on Meant (alongside Ewan Pearson, Plein Soleil and Pan/Tone) or Morgenklang on Lebensfreude, they’re now touring live & planning a new EP due by the end of 2011. Expect a truely inspired and fresh crossover of techno music and their indie-rock roots.