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TÃ©lÃ©popmusik’s first single was released in 1998 on the independent record label Catalogue under the rather misleading name of An Ordinary Life. A few years later, their first album – GENETIC WORLD – received critical and public acclaim following nominations at French Grammies Les Victoires de la Musique Awards and the US Grammy Awards, and a successful collaboration with Janet Jackson. With more than 250,000 copies sold worldwide, GENETIC WORLD became one of the very few French albums to boast sales across the world. During the marathon-like tour that followed the album’s release, TÃ©lÃ©popmusik played around 100 concerts, from Moscow, Istanbul and the Glastonbury Festival to New York and Puerto Rico. One thing was clear: when it came to music, the trio meant devotion.
Recently, they have been busy working on solo projects: Fabrice Dumont wrote the original soundtrack for Catherine Corsini’s La RÃ©pÃ©tition, which was selected at the Cannes Film Festival, Christophe Hetier, aka Antipop, has appeared on several movie mixes and DJ sets, while Stephan Haeri, aka 2Square has recorded his first solo album. However, although its composition sometimes changes, nothing has been allowed to come between the three artists and their creative collective. And their second daredevil album ANGEL MILK turns out to be a very finely tuned piece of work.
It’s true that the three members of TÃ©lÃ©popmusik spent more than a year locked away in their Parisian recording studio, working with the same team (their live sound engineer, singer Angela McCluskey and rapper Mau – ex Earthling) along with a new team member, singer Deborah Anderson, who was already known for her work with Mo Wax and DJ Shadow. Anderson’s voice gives ANGEL MILK a post-pop feel and a delightful sense of unity that allows listeners to slip smoothly into the world of this multi-instrumentalist trio. It is difficult not be seduced by the shimmering harmonies of Don’t Look Back, a wonderful ballad sung by McCluskey, or not to get entangled in the web of Stop Running Away (with Deborah Anderson), with its voices that seem to be lost in a distant echo. Anyway, with Mau, is the sort of perfect pop song that the Pet Shop Boys might write for a post-clubbing crowd, while Into Everything mesmerizes you with its tomb-like sounds and Love’s Almighty is like a sea of liquid crystals ready to explode. Elsewhere on the album, other atmospheric influences come to the surface (Gershwin, Yma Sumac) without jeopardizing the originality of the music, which draws its inspiration from a number of different sources, without declaring allegiance to any one single style or group.
With this perfectly honed second album, TÃ©lÃ©popmusik has a surprisingly mature and simple approach to pop music, inviting us to go on a rare and unmissable journey. The group will be eager to extend this dream-like atmosphere to its stage performances, which have already begun to establish the group’s reputation throughout the world.
TÃ©lÃ©popmusik is born at the same time as a certain French electronic scene that is present on the SourceLab compilations (Source records) . A longstanding friendship and a shared passion for the fundamentals of electronic music (from Kraftwerk to Buggles and the first electro salvos into hip hop such as Grand Master Flash and Sugar Hill Gang) has lead Stephan Haeri, Christophe HÃ©tier and Fabrice Dumont to compose their first record Sonic 75. This was immediately accepted on SourceLab vol. 3, and, stimulated by the enthusiastic reception, the trio got down to some new records.
Experience in various formations (for example Fabrice is the founder member of the group Autour De Lucie) quite simply allowed them to avoid the easy pitfall of samples and to use their skills as instrumentalists (drums, guitar, double bass, keyboard) for the record and each one was naturally able to find his position in the group; Fabrice, who has already collaborated with Philippe Katherine, Anna Karina and FranÃ§oiz Breut, creates the arrangements and the sound architecture, Stephan, who is trained as a sound engineer and in electro-acoustics, is responsible for building this unique sound that is both gentle and dense, and Christophe, night-selector and DJ under the name of Antipop, has the task of creating the groove out of scratches, noises, vocals taken from television programmes, and finding the voices that are featured throughout this album.
With, in order of appearance, Angela Mac Cluskey, a Scottish emigrant who lives in NYC already listed on the b.o.f.s of Flirtin with disaster , Unhook the stars (by Nick Casavettes). ,Soda-Pop alias Mau, former singer with Earthling who now holds sway with the Dirty Beatniks on Wall Of Sound, Juice Aleem, who with Gamma, New Flesh For Old on Ninja Tunes, participates in the birth of British hip hop on the world scene, and for the time of a brief meeting in a bar, Chilly Gonzales and Peaches, the undeniable stars of the Berlin underground.
This diversity of voices does not prevent Genetic world from displaying a unique cohesion as well as a stunning live performance. Already the band has played in Usa, Canada, France, Spain and will continue with more European dates for 2002 in Germany, Holland, Belgium , Scandinavia, … The album is a production of exceptional finesse where all of the styles touched on (nu-jazz, hip hop, electropop and even torch song) melt into a moody and velvety mould.
The avant-garde video for ‘Breathe’ – the album opening track – was directed by Jordan Scott, daughter of movie director Ridley Scott. Shot in L.A. in summer 2001, this stylish video has already gained heavy rotation on MTV France and the rest of Europe. ‘Breathe’ has hit the dancefloors across Europe all summer with various club remixes by the cream of the International electronic scene: Watkins, Markus Nikolai , Jori Hulkkonen and Scratch Massive.
The second single, ‘Love Can Damage Your Health’ , a UK # 2 club chart hit in the Cool Cuts Chart this summer, is going to radio across Continental Europe in September / October . Th remix package includes great reworkings by Goetz, Herbert, Thomas Winter & Bogue.
The video clip for ‘Love Can Damage Your Health’ was directed by Jordan Scott and shot in London.
“while many of their compatriots are content to wield the sampler alone, Telepopmusik utilise self-penned melodies and songs as well as spliced-together exotic samples. If that wasn’t enough, they also have a fantastic vocalist in Angela McCluskey, a Scot currently residing in LA who gives the group an added warmth. On tracks like “Love Can Damage Your Health” she sounds like a modern day Ella Fitzgerald, her 20-a-day tones rubbing up nicely against the groovy electro-jazz business going on in the background." Seven Magazine (UK), 16 January 2002, issue #133