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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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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!”

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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.

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Le premier article sur The Micronauts paraît dans Coda


Coda publie en janvier 96 le premier article sur The Micronauts (à l’époque duo formé de Christophe Monier et George Issakidis). Celui-ci est signé d’un autre grand nom du journalisme musical électronique, Jean-Philippe Renoult, et fait suite aux chroniques parues dans le nº du mois précédent, écrites par Jean-Yves Leloup. Les deux journalistes s’associeront peu après pour écrire le livre de référence Global Tekno.

Global Tekno est aussi une série d’expositions organisées avec Radio FG, la première en juillet 1995 à l’American Center de Bercy. L’occasion d’annoncer la 7e édition qui aura lieu en mai 2018 au CIAM-La Fabrique à Toulouse.

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Fin 1995, Christophe sort trois vinyls coup sur coup


« Le hasard des calendriers des sorties fait coïncider fin 1995 celles de trois vinyls que j’ai réalisés : les deux premiers EPs de The Micronauts (avec George Issakidis) et le deuxième EP de Nature. »

Nature « Away » sort sur Trans, un sous-label d’Azuli Records. The Micronauts « The Jazz » sort sur le label de Brighton Loaded Records, sur lequel Christophe a déjà signé son side-project Impulsion (avec DJ Pascal R). Enfin The Micronauts « Get Funky Get Down », qui inclut le remix par Daft Punk, sort sur le label londonien Phono, également découvreur de Matthew Herbert, de Morgan Geist et de Freaks (alias Luke Solomon & Justin Harris) — c’est ce morceau et ce remix qui ont été réédités cet été sur Micronautics.

Les trois disques se retrouvent chroniqués le même mois sous les plumes prestigieuses de Didier Lestrade dans Libération et de Jean-Yves Leloup dans Coda ! Coda, premier magazine techno français vendu en kiosque et à ce titre précurseur de Trax Magazine et de Tsugi, se distinguait par une esthétique kitsch typique des années 90.

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