i-D – Neither Lo-Fi Or Hi-Fi, It’s Sci-Fi


— The Micronauts’ sound: “neither lo-fi or hi-fi. It’s sci-fi.” —

Launched in the early 80s shortly after The Face (see our last week’s post), i-D has established itself as the other big ‘style bible’ in the UK. Somehow even its typographic logo, a winking smiley, was ahead of its time. i-D is still alive and kicking today, thanks to its acquisition by Vice Media.

Journalist Susanna Glaser wrote this nice column early 1999 to introduce The Micronauts to its readership and to announce the single “The Jag”: “an outta-here never-let-it-end journey along the highest acid squiggle mountains, the wobbliest electro seas, the deepest sub-bass valleys, even lifting you up into soulful vocal heaven.”

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The Face – Sci-fi Allstars


— “Wayward acid punk, heavy on the electro basslines” —

The Face was a British music, fashion, and culture monthly magazine. Viewed as a ‘style bible’ and an ‘almanac of cool’, the seminal title is the subject of a book recently published by Thames & Hudson (“The Story Of The Face” by Paul Gorman) and is set to be revived by the publisher of Mixmag.

“The Face was a strong supporter of The Micronauts, as well as my other band at the time, Impulsion. This first article was written early 1999 by Dorian Lynskey for the release of the single ‘The Jag’.”

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Mixmag – Influx & Plastic


— “The Micronauts: they don’t sound how they look, fortunately” —

Mixmag, the famous British dance music and club culture magazine, published its first article on The Micronauts at the end of 1998. It was illustrated with a photo taken from Emmanuelle Mafille’s fashion series which we presented last week, aptly titled “Heavy Mental” and originally featured in the artzine Pépé.

On the same page was reviewed 16B’s “Water Ride” 12” which included, quote, “a scorching ten-minute long revamp” of the original track by The Micronauts: “mentalist electro-techno that melts your brain.”

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Micronautics x Single Pattern


Micronautics x Single Pattern t-shirt Dew Town Mayor Érosion (source : Christophe Monier - The Micronauts WordPress blog)

We’re happy to introduce you to the new e-shop of my label Micronautics, in collaboration with Single Pattern.

Our first item is this gorgeous T-shirt, inspired by Dew Town Mayor’s latest EP “Érosion”. Drawing by Noël Rasendrason and graphic design by Sylvia Tournerie. Other products will be added soon so stay tuned!

“Érosion” is available on Micronautics.

Pépé – Heavy Mental: The Micronauts In Da House


Playing with makeup, wigs, exploring the feminine side in men through heavy metal chic and having a good laugh!

Styling and photos of George Issakidis and Christophe Monier by Emmanuelle Mafille for the artzine Pépé no. 7, published in July 1998. Shot at Studios Plus. Graphic design by Vincent Bergerat.

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Diva – The family tree of French electro in 2008


Diva no. 1 - March-April 2008 - pp. 14-77-79 - The family tree of French electro in 2008 by Christelle Dierickx, Alain Jouve and Sébastien Licky (source : scan Christophe Monier - The Micronauts WordPress blog)

Diva no. 1 - March-April 2008 - p. 81 - The family tree of French electro in 2008 by Christelle Dierickx, Alain Jouve and Sébastien Licky (source : scan Christophe Monier - The Micronauts WordPress blog)

Here is the fourth and last diagram of our series (after Nova Magazine’s Parisian DJs subway map from 1996 and French touch artists’ relationships sketch from 1999, then Jockey Slut’s Underground map of electronic music from 2000). The family tree of the French electro scene was published in the first issue of the short-lived women’s music magazine Diva, dated March-April 2008. A couple of influential non-French acts were included.

About a decade after the other diagrams, what was called French touch 2.0 was in full swing, with a harder and rockier sound. This time, new wave and EBM influenced-producers were represented.

“My album ‘Damaging Consent’ had just been released on Vitalic-owned Citizen Records​, along with a compilation of some of the best remixes I have done as The Micronauts. It felt great to be surrounded by such big names.”

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Jockey Slut’s Underground Map Of Electronic Music


Jockey Slut Vol. 3 no. 5 - June 2000 - p. 26 - The Underground map of electronic music by Jim Butler, Rick Butler, Scott McCready and Harriet Fuller (source : scan Christophe Monier - The Micronauts WordPress blog)

Following Nova Magazine’s Parisian DJs subway map from 1996 and French touch artists’ relationships sketch from 1999 that we posted the last two weeks, here is the third diagram of our series. The Underground map of electronic music was published in June 2000 in Jockey Slut, a legendary British magazine which ran between 1993 and 2004 and was the bible of indie dance and everything leftfield.

The Micronauts are to be found on the “Beats” line, surrounded by the “Indie dance” and the “Techno” lines.

“I was pretty happy and proud to share the same line as Daft Punk, Lil Louis, The Chemical Brothers, Massive Attack, Portishead Tipper, KLF, etc., as well as being close to a few music heroes of my adolescence such as New Order or Primal Scream!”

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Nova Magazine’s Sketch Of French Touch Artists’ Relationships From 1999


Nova Magazine nº 51 - mars 1999 - pp. 29 - diagramme des relations entre les artistes de la French touch (source : scan Christophe Monier - The Micronauts WordPress blog)

— Sketch of relationships between French touch artists in 1999, when the genre was at its height —

Following the Parisian DJs subway map that we posted last week, here is another diagram from Nova Magazine, originally published in March 1999. Designed by DJ Ivan Smagghe and music journalist Patrick Thévenin, It shows the work relationships, friendship and love, real or fantasized, between artists of the so-called French touch.

It should not be taken too seriously and the tone of the article that accompanies it is pretty satirical. As it’s written, those who make sense of it can boast of being part of the gang!

“This time I do appear in the diagram, but casted out as an outsider. Which of course I was very happy, I’ve never been comfortable with being tagged or put in a box, ha ha!”

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Secret Weapons Vol. 13 – Dew Town Mayor


10 gems selected by Micronautics’ artist Dew Town Mayor

The Waveform Transmitter

Having relaunched back in 2017, the legendary Micronautics label welcomed electronic music producer, Dew Town Mayor, for their third release on the imprint, ‘Erosion’. The Waveform Transmitter‘s Ste Knight welcomes DTM for the latest installment of Secret Weapons.

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Best Of House & Techno 2017


Âtelier de Musique Electronique, 6 mai 1997 (source : Christophe Monier - The Micronauts WordPress blog)

I just created a Spotify playlist with my favorite straight four-on-the-floor trance-inducing tracks from last year.

It’s called “Best Of House & Techno 2017” and it contains more than 130 tracks, in order of increasing tempo!