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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.


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.”

[Team The Micronauts]

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!”

[Team The Micronauts]

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!”

[Team The Micronauts]

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!

Nova Magazine’s Subway Map Of Parisian DJs From 1996


Nova Magazine nº 16S - avril 1996 - pp. 26-27 - plan du métro des DJs parisiens (source : scan Christophe Monier - The Micronauts WordPress blog)

— An archive document on the French touch early days! —

Diagrams such as subway maps or family trees were a popular way to show connections between artists. We’ve got four to share with you in the coming weeks.

This first one was published in April 1996 in Nova Magazine. Designed by music journalists George Bailey, David Blot and Vincent Borel, and mimicking a London Underground map, it claimed to represent every Parisian DJs of the time.

“I wasn’t a DJ yet, but those from the eDEN collective and those with whom I was making music (Tom Bouthier in The Eurostars, DJ Pascal R in Impulsion, Patrick Vidal in Discotique) are all there!”

[Team The Micronauts]

The Micronauts – Bass Wars


MARVEL COMICS GROUP - STAR WARS WEEKLY UK no. 51 Jan 24th 1978 p. 27 - Micronauts! Chapter 1 Homeworld! (source : scan Christophe Monier - The Micronauts WordPress blog)

Check out my new Spotify playlist with the best bass music (ordered by increasing tempo and sorted by year — most recent first).

Bass in the broad sense, including leftfield dubstep, breaks, footwork, trap, drumstep, neurofunk, etc. Even if I produce mainly house and techno, I think it’s important to keep an open mind and get inspiration everywhere!

Before social media, support was shown via faxes


This week we would like to share a throwback to the time before the social media boom with these faxes…

Sharam from Deep Dish found The Micronauts’ track “The Jam” to be “excellent” (from the record released late 1995 on Loaded Records).

British distributor Mo’s Music Machine highlighted the same 12” to its network of record stores, telling them: “Check the breakdowns for pure bleepy terror. Check… this is different…”

Nearly 10 years later, Kompakt, the celebrated label and distributor based in Cologne, shown some love for “Anarchie” by The Micronauts (first release of Micronautics), asking for exclusivity for Germany.

[Team The Micronauts]

Dew Town Mayor “Érosion” out on Micronautics


Dew Town Mayor “Érosion” (Micronautics TIC14)

1 • Érosion (Ft. Noël Rasendrason) • 8:34
2 • Nord Stream • 4:12
3 • Classe Agosta • 4:49

The new EP by Dew Town Mayor, the solo project of Thomas Regnault (also half of Rituel), is available starting today to stream and DL via your favorite platform.

“Érosion” results from a rare and fruitful encounter. The raw, organic and experimental sound of composer-producer Thomas Regnault, aka Dew Town Mayor, resonates with the work on texture, material and rock of writer-illustrator Noël Rasendrason. This powerful and orgiastic track pays tribute to the “preacher house” classics from Chicago pioneers Mr. Fingers, Lil Louis and Green Velvet, while enrolling in a new wave of techno in French. It thus updates a certain kind of “chanson française”, from Gainsbourg to slam-rap, and replies thirty years later to Taxi Girl’s “Paris”, in which the awareness of a “no future” made of asphalt and concrete is replaced by that of its mineral origin and its consequences on the environment.

The two other tracks show Dew Town Mayor’s taste for electronica, radiant and bitter-sweet with “Nord Stream”, dark and sophisticated with “Class Agosta”.

Support from Leftfield, WhoMadeWho, Kollektiv Turmstrasse, Benny Benassi, Fatboy Slim, Secret Cinema, Riva Starr, Luigi Madonna, Moonbootica, dOP, Glenn Morrison, DJ T., Bart B More, Gene Farris, Ninetoes, Smokingroove, Vaal, Thee Cool Cats, BOg, Steve Mac, Electrosexual, KDA, Elliot Adamson, HAAi, Nick Catchdubs, Ben Remember, Mijk van Dijk, Jez Pereira, The Micronauts…

“Nord Stream” was premiered by Resident Advisor and “Érosion” was premiered by Clubbingspain on November 16.

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Letter to Emily White at NPR All Songs Considered.


Networks: Giant mega corporations. Cool! have some money!

Hardware: Giant mega corporations. Cool! have some money!

Artists: 99.9 % lower middle class. Screw you, you greedy bastards!

The Trichordist

Recently Emily White, an intern at NPR All Songs Considered and GM of what appears to be her college radio station, wrote a post on the NPR blog in which she acknowledged that while she had 11,000 songs in her music library, she’s only paid for 15 CDs in her life. Our intention is not to embarrass or shame her. We believe young people like Emily White who are fully engaged in the music scene are the artist’s biggest allies. We also believe–for reasons we’ll get into–that she has been been badly misinformed by the Free Culture movement. We only ask the opportunity to present a countervailing viewpoint.


My intention here is not to shame you or embarrass you. I believe you are already on the side of musicians and artists and you are just grappling with how to do the right thing. I applaud your courage in admitting…

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