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RadioMentale is an electronic music, sound artists & DJ duo founded by Jean-Yves Leloup & Eric Pajot. They started their career in 1992, with their own radio show, playing experimental music, concrete music, ambient & electronic. During ten years, they produced this weekly and cult radio show in Paris for Radio FG (first french and independent electronic music station), national Swiss station Couleur 3 and Tokyo Shibuya FM. During this period, they also played in the first techno and rave parties organized in Paris, mainly in chill-out spaces.
From the mid-90’s, they started to work in the field of contemporary art, composing sountracks and soundpieces for exhibitions, and collaborating with video artists, writers, designers or film directors.
Since then, their work, their installations and performances, have been presented in various venues such as Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Centre Georges Pompidou, Kassel’s Documenta, Luxembourg Mudam, Paris Cité de la musique, Cartier Foundation, and various clubs, music and cinema festivals over the world.
Since 2000, they are known as the pioneers of « cinemix », an audiovisual performing practise quite popular in France. As Djs and sound artists, they create new soundtracks for silent and classic experimental films (by Griffith, Murnau, Keaton, Vertov, and dada/surrealist artists), but also for modern talking movies, such Antonioni’s Blow Up, Gus Van Sant’s Gerry, Brian De Palma’s Dressed To Kill or David Cronenberg’s Videodrome.
A RadioMentale performance or sound piece, is usually a collage drawing on an eclectic range of audio sources, including sound experiments, movie soundtracks, ambient music, experimental & electronic music, natural sounds, fragment of interviews and human voice.
The entire musical life of Adam Longman Parker AKA Afriqua has been shaped by the same duality that today so strikingly defines it. Born in Virginia in 1992, he displayed an exceptional interest in music through his obsession with his parents collection of Michael Jackson records as a young child. Consequently, his parents saw it fit to start his musical education with piano lessons at the age of 5. At the age of 10 he purchased his first set of turntables. At this point, a long love affair with Hip-hop music and culture began.
Along with countless records purchased and hours spent mastering turntablism techniques, he slowly began producing his first tracks as well. When he moved to Michigan to study piano at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy at the age of 16, leaving behind his DJ set-up, his focus shifted to production. During this time, even without having yet discovered the electronic music that was to consume him a few years later, he was refining his production technique just as much as he was his piano playing.
It was not until he graduated and moved to London to continue his study at the Royal Academy of Music that he discovered the house and techno he’s dedicated to today. His interest in DJing was revived as well. Since then, his attention has been split equally between classical and electronic music with the overarching goal of creating amazing pieces regardless of the context. With such a broad musical perspective, a constant search for new sounds, and many years ahead of him, Afriqua is surely a producer to expect great things from.
Nicolas Couval is a music producer based in Dijon, France. After five years of writing dub music reviews on dMute.net, he creates the Isotroph entity to express his own conception of deep music. He focuses on creating soundscapes on his sound which can be classified has deep / dub techno. He presents amazing abilities to sink the listener into his atmospheres with influences from Rhythm and Sound, Deadbeat, Gas, Deepchord, The field, Aril Brikha or Burial.
ENA is a Bass Music producer based in Tokyo, Japan. Close friend of Goth Trad and resident dj at Back to Chill, he also runs IAI recordings with Mc CARDZ, with whom he released his first album in 2008. He produces music with influence of early drum & bass and abstract hip hop, quoting names like Photek, Krush, Source direct or Renegade Hardware. Ena loves to search new sounds and fiddle with grooves. His tunes are supported by Loxy, Rockwell or Consequence to name a few. Ena has numerous other (secret) monikers and also works on movie soundtracks.
The Lonely Schizo
Young Moscow producer Pavel aka The Lonely Schizo, despite a small amount of releases, has already shown himself as the maker of good and original music – mix of dubstep, glitch, dub and techno. Pavel slowly record mixes for Radiodadio.ch, Nightlab.by, Play.fm, Sub.fm, stealthily release tracks on labels F4TMusic, Full Melt Recordings, Bun-E and very accurately wins hearts of eminent people of the bass music scene as: Geiom and Kito, Luke Envoy and Dowee from label Lost Souls, Syntheme from Planet Mu, M3t4 together with Myrkur from F4TMusic France and Untold. The Lonely Schizo’s tracks appear in playlists of dj Scientist from Rinse.fm, and dj Furiouz with dj IZC play his tracks on Sub.fm.
Born and living in Tunisia, Shinigami San [ Zied Meddeb Hamrouni ], is one of the pioneers of the electronic music scene in his country. He started as a guitarist in acoustic music playing rock, blues and reggae but it was his discovery of reggae dub music which lead him to Electronica, IDM, Drum & bass and finally to Dubstep. Discovering the power of bass and sub bass body-immersion was a revelation for him. Believing that dubstep is a vision of music more than a style, his music is an exploration in dub spatiality and atmosphere under dubstep heavy bass lines.
Drawing influences from D’n’B, Breakbeat to Dubstep and Electronica, they mixe these different flavours to create tunes running from dark and driving to melodic & atmospheric. They focuses on the more groove-driven side of music, formulating wall shaking bass, skanking melodies, and bouncing beats. Performing live pa, they combine a blend of emotive synth lines, syncopated bass-heavy beats and shrieking stabs any time they take on there laptop & controllers.
Dr Pytor was born and lives in Cracow. He has been in the music business for many years. At first it was an electric guitar and a jazz-rock band. Until 1998 when he came into contact with a software called Fruity Loops. The first musical fascinations start with Joy Division, Cocteau Twins, continue with Laibach, and then move on to a four-year extreme fascination with jazz. His most important fascinations in electronic music are Autechre, Plastikman, Monolake, Scorn, Muslimgauze, Photek. The first pieces of music made by Dr Pytor came into existence in 2001 when he was obsessed by drum’n’bass. Five years later he heard Dubstep for the first time and he fell in love with this genre at first sight. Apart from dubstep Dr Pytor created music for films Luna (2007) and Panoptykon (2009). He also did the cinematography and editing for these films.
INFRA is a Bass Music Producer, Sound Designer, DJ and Promoter living in Berlin.
His tunes consist of solid pumping Halfstep rhythms, brought to life by analog drums morphing into synthetic impulses and hypnotizing synth coloured atmospheres, that resonate in your head long after you hear them. With a background as a drummer for more than eight years, it is only natural that INFRA’s beats have a very high resolution in depth and therefore feature a lot of details and density to create thrilling sensations.
INFRA’s versatility in production provides both a lot of space for atmospheres and detail for mental explorations and relaxation, as well as severe and fearsome bass assaults filling the room with tension. His basses are more than just simple sine waves, but dreadfully tweaked and twisted pulses, built for maximum pressure, which form the foundation of his monstrous basslines. His style is mainly influenced by Techstep, Dubstep, Drumfunk and Neurofunk, which in his belief is the most advanced engineered music available.
Since 2008 INFRA has been in connection with F4TMusic, which in summer of 2011 will release the SONIC EP that encapsulates his style of Dubstep. The EP includes a track that is completely situated on the darker side within the deep Halfstep universe and features F4TMusic boss M3T4. Other collaborations include working with SPECIES, known for his shocking Darkstep tunes, with whom he has his first vinyl release on SHADOWDUB, shared together with world renowned Drum & Bass and Dubstep producer CURRENT VALUE, coming later this year.
For Canada’s superior Dubstep Blog J’AIME LE DUBSTEP, which launches a new mix every week, INFRA contributed Mix #61, which made it into the Top 20 Downloads of 2010, and Mix #101, which came right after after the mix of Dubstep ambassador JOE NICE. Both mixes feature his favoured style of Dubstep and received a downright positive feedback.
With Berlin based DUBMARINE and also as a part of the weekly rolling IMPULSE, he stages events in a Dubstep context, which are boundary pushing and style defining, due to their carefully chosen line-ups.
INFRA has played alongside: A Guy Called Gerald, Bulldogs, Clouds, Cyrus/Random Trio, Dead-O, Dean Rodell, EL-B, Ike Release, Karsten Pflum, Kid Kameleon, Kutz, Orson, Pole, Rob Sparx, RSD, Spectre & Sensational…
Substep Infrabass is a dark, underground dubstep project, born in 2008 in Poland. S.I deeply rooted in brutal death metal scene represents all darkness every dubstepper craves for. Substep is a multidimensional project, which (apart from dubstep production) aims to create the ultimate audio-visual experience merging dubstep influenced music with experimental video art.
- F4TPlayer – All releases
- F4TV002 – Afriqua – MSGS
- F4TS001 – [blank] – Sueño
- F4T17 – Substep Infrabass – Monotonium (remixes)
- F4TLP002 – Dr Pytor – introduction to Zoology
- F4TLP001 – Shinigami San – Toys
- F4T(V/D)001 – Myrkur & m3t4
- F4T16 – INFRA – Sonic Ep
- F4T15 – Isotroph – Lymbe Ep
- F4T14 – Dr Pytor Ep 2
- F4T13 – Isotroph – Eclosion Ep
- F4T12 – Shinigami San – Apoptose Ep
- F4T10 – ENA Dr Pytor
- F4T09 – Shinigami San / Substep Infrabass
- F4T08 – Dr Pytor Ep
- F4T07 – The Lonely Schizo – First Thing Ep
- F4T06 – m3t4
- F4T05 – Myrkur
- F4T04 – Substep Infrabass / Flatmate
- F4T03 – INFRA / m3t4 & Myrkur
- F4T02 – Myrkur
- F4T01 – m3t4
Since 2008, F4TMusic has established itself as a growing network of talents from five continents. F4T has always been on the lookout for fresh and original sounds, promoting the deeper vibes of Dubstep, Techno, Ambient and Experimental music. The label is a breeding ground for artists and music enthusiasts, innovative and unpredictable.
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