Mylène Farmer’s Désenchantée : Still Enchanting

•August 15, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Underrated in the grand scene that is pop music, French singer and lyricist Mylène Farmer (September 12, 1961) is definitely one of my favorite pop music artists if only for one song: Désenchantée.

Back in March 1991 it topped the French charts for over 2 months. It was covered by Kate Ryan in 2002. Not a bad version for the average euro cheese pop cover but, as you’d expect, it lacks the emotion and intensity of the original.

Mylene Farmer

Mylene Farmer performing Desenchantee live at Bercy in 2006

I love the song because of its chord progressions combined with a fantastic melody and the poetically written serious lyrics. So even though the music is upbeat and euphoric, it’s underlying core is that of despair, sorrow, inward reflection and hopelessness. In fact, it was inspired by the 1934 book On The Heights Of Despair by Romanian philosopher Emil Corian. But I’d say it could be any existentialist. Even when I first heard the song – and I don’t really speak French – I knew I heard more than just an infectious piece of pop music anthem.

Admittedly I was late to the party when it comes to discovering her but despite the lack of understanding the French language, like most of us, I do speak the universal language of music and when I heard Moi… Lolita by Alizée , also written and produced by Farmer, I got sucked in once again and appreciated Mylène Farmer even more. I do think Moi… Lolita is on par with Désenchantée and one of the best pop songs ever.

Alizee

Alizee

Though my own music is (arguably) not Pop, I am a sucker for melodies. And I love the art of artists wrapping all that emotion in a 4 minute or less song. That’s why I like good Pop Music. The general thought is that Dance Music shouldn’t deal with anything serious. But I disagree to an extent. Until I’ve found the right formula or ideas I don’t think I could ever write and produce one…

Just watch the video and see all those smiling and happy faces singing along with the lines

Everything is chaos
By comparison
All of my ideals:
Damaged words…
I’m looking for a soul
Who will be able to help me
I am from
A disenchanted generation,
Disenchanted

It’s pretty awesome.

I originally intended to write about Mylène Farmer’s obscurity in the world of pop music but that’s not true at all; She has sold more than 30 million records in France and her popularity is immense in various parts of the world. Still, I wish she’d be even more known, but that’s just my ego talking here and in a microscopic version of the music world – like underground dance music – it’s been said about many, I’d even say the majority – including about myself – by music lovers all over the world in any genre.

Mylène Farmer

Mylène Farmer

Of course I don’t like all of her musical output but if someone can write and produce a song like Désenchantée that’s good enough for me to be a lifelong worshiper. The original clip is a work of art, as many of her other vids but my fave is the version she did in the Mylenium Tour. Here’s one with the English translation:

8-Track Mind August 6 2015 Track List

•August 9, 2015 • Leave a Comment

A Full On 120 minutes Summer Proghouse mix

Lemon8 – Awareness
Dibby Dougherty & Dave Young – Morning Light feat Ryan Vail (Re-Dupre Remix)
Lemon8 – Heaven & Hell
Kerri Chandler – So Let The Wind Come (Stash Mix)
Brazen – Toto
Mindset – Yuu (V I F Remix)
Lemon8 – Happy Dayz (Jack Russell Mix)
Paperclip People – Throw (Slam’s RTM Remix)
Jesper Mauerhoff – Eyes Wide Shut
Crocy – Comfort
Damian Mazzeo – Recollections (Subandrio Remix)
Andrea Fissore – Streets Of Coro (Santiago Deep Remix)
Letthemusicplay – Don’t Weigh Me Down ft. UTRB (Guy J Remix)
Franzis-D – Japan (Matias Chilano Remix)
Dofamine – Introvert
Shiloh – Primavera (Luke Chable Remix)
Lessov – Komodo (Blood Groove & Kikis Remix)
Phillipo Blake and Custom Phase feat. Olesya Astapova – Aspiring (Lessov Dub Remix)
Moby – After (Joris Voorn Remix)

Play Here

8TM August 2015

selection, mix and master by harry lemon for lemon8productions 2015

Revisiting Vangelis – 1492 – Conquest Of Paradise

•July 10, 2015 • Leave a Comment

While webbing the net for analogue synthesis, I stumbled on Vangelis once again.

So I listened to some of his work. Started with the album Antarctica, moved on to the soundtrack of one of my all time fave movies Bitter Moon by Roman Polanski and ended up (for now) with 1492 – Conquest Of Paradise.

I’ve seen the film multiple times and always loved the soundtrack but never listened to it by itself. No images, just the soundtrack. And it’s gorgeous.

1492 - Conquest Of Paradise

1492 – Conquest Of Paradise

Early 80’s synth music has been an enormous influence in me becoming a musician; Kitaro, Vangelis, Jean Michel Jarre, Tangerine Dream, Tomita… those names. When I was little Harry, the first music that I ever recorded with my Technics SX-K200 home keyboard and Philips 4-Track tape recorder was Kitaro’s Silk Road.

Technics SX-K200

Technics SX-K200

philips n4506 stereo tape deck

The joy I’ve had with my tape recorder…

Now one would call it ambient music I guess. Back then all I knew is that is was made with synthesizers. And I wanted one!

After hearing Giorgio Moroder, Pete Belotte, Patrick Cowley, Jolley & Swain (Imagination), Bobby -O- Orlando and Depeche Mode, I knew what I wanted to make of myself in life…

Anyway, find 1492 – Conquest Of Paradise and have (another) listen. It’s beautiful. Twenty Eighth Parallel is my fave track. Watch the movie too if you have the chance.

Yamaha CS-80

Vangelis’ (former) secret strings weapon : The now legendary Yamaha CS-80…ahem.. presets.

Kitaro's secret weapon: Korg 700s

Kitaro’s secret lead synth weapon: Korg 700s

Tony Swain's (Imagination) secret bass synth weapon: Roland SH-1000

Tony Swain’s (Imagination) secret bass synth weapon: Roland SH-1000

Lemon8's secret weapon

Lemon8’s secret wea..oh..Oops!

Today: 8-Track Mind!

•June 4, 2015 • Leave a Comment

The weekend starts today! 22:00 hrs A*dam time.
Check your local times over at friskyradio.com

18 Brand new tracks and the odd classic. X

8TM June 4 2015

8-Track Mind May 07 2015

•May 21, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Lemon8 presents 8-Track Mind
May 07 2015

8-Track Mind

Brand new progressive house music mixed by LEMON8

00 – Lemon8 – 8TM Prologue
01 – Sascha Beek & Sascha Salvati – Love In The Wrong Place (Radio version)
02 – Andrea Shu – Caravan
03 – Moshic – Systematic Person
04 – Altek- Bayside Drive
05 – Moshic – The Sixth
06 – Nik Nazarov – Target (Lateral Cut Groove Remix)
07 – Extreme Trax – Sound and Future
08 – Sascha Beek & Charlotte Ashdown – If I Ask You
09 – Beat Factory – Forgiveness (Lateral Cut Groove Remix)
10 – Steve Anderson – Before Long (Evave Remix)
11 – Ewan Rill – Change
12 – Antrim – Landscape Of Moon (Michael A Remix)
13 – Hady Tarek – Restless
14 – Antrim & Claudio Cornejo – I see (Desaturate ‘Colourblind’ Remix)
15 – Hilton Caswell – Out Of Bounds
16 – Deep L Dove – Organic
17 – Hilton caswell – Instant Translation
18 – Sascha Beek ft Sascha Salvati – Celebrate (The Night)
19 – Lemon8 – Arenal
20 – Lemon8 – 8TM Epilogue

Brand new tracks this Month, with notable contributions by Sascha Beek. To be honest, I’ve
never heard of that name before but with 3 tracks in this episode I’m sure I’ll see that
name again. Though some might say it’s commercial sounding I’d rather say it sounds pleasing to
the ear. There’s a difference you know ;)

Also, long time Prog veteran Moshic is present with 2 tracks as well as another name I’m
not that familiar with: Hilton Caswell. 2 Tracks are his productions.

Now that progressive House Music has become a ‘style’ rather than discovering new grounds
in Electronic Dance Music, I’d have to say I like that style and productions these days
sound really good. Yes, better than ever. Progressive as in ‘Progressive’? No. But who
cares? To my ears it sounds far better than the average cheap thrill ‘EDM’ track. It’s
production values are still intact and there’s depth if you want it. And intrinsic
rhythms, beautiful melodies… It’s all there.

Many thanks to Release Promo Service over in Canada and Bonzai Records, Belgium. And all
artists and labels sending in their music. Buy it and support them if you can.

Next episode: Thursday June 4 at friskyradio.com

Selection, Mix and Master by Lemon8.
8TM is a Trip. Take it with you!

All episodes are available at http://www.friskyradio.com

8TM, April 02, 2015

•April 2, 2015 • Leave a Comment

This month’s episode we’ll continue our journey back into progressive house released on vinyl around the turn of the millennium. Again a diverse collection of great records. Some you’ll know, some DJ’s faves and some very underground white labels. As an exception I will post the playlist before the start of the show so it’ll be easy to look it up or read it during the show (or when you’ll play it afterwards on friskyradio.com)

So, happy listening and enjoy your early Easter Weekend  :)

00 – 8TM Prologue
01 – Dennis DeSantis – Promotion of Vice
02 – Gentlemen of Leisure – Free Man
03 – Pappa & Gilbey – Skindeep
04 – Prawler – I Like You
05 – Indart, Wally & Dr. Kucho – The Sea
06 – Benz & MD – Unconditional
07 – Mike Vandenberg – Flightpath
08 – Tarrantella – Karma (Way Out West Remix)
09 – Fire Promo (Fire Records, White)
10 – Classified Project – Eyecatcher
11 – Nalin & Kane – Live at the Crystal Palace (Alternative Club Version)
12 – Private Taste – First (Original Mix)
13 – Digital Mind Control – Darkness (Dub Mix)
14 – Ballroom – Passenger (Marc O’Tool Mix)
15 – Way Out West – Mindcircus
16 – Joshua Ryan – Pistolwhip (James Holden remix)

All tracks taken from vinyl
Mix, edits and master by LEMON8

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8-Track Mind, March 5, 2015

•March 5, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Today’s episode of 8TM (8-Track Mind) features tunes that have been on heavy rotation more than a decade ago. Sometimes referred to as progressive house’ golden age, the period around the millennium in which these records were released, were of outstanding quality. Both in production value and creativity. Progressive wasn’t really about a style or form of music but was more about attitude and diversity. It could sound melodic or rhythmic, techno-like or tribal, trancy or break-beat based. It didn’t really matter. Whether you were a DJ or a producer, there never was that feeling of being restricted by anything.

So here is Part One of a 2 hour showcase of that sound.Yes, I’ve broadcasted episodes that were recorded at that time, but while I was doing the crates (DJ slang for browsing records), I came across long forgotten tracks and so I decided to share them with you. Some well known, others oozing obscurity.

For instance, 4 tracks in this mix are records that I took back from an Australian tour. Made by great Melbourne based artists like Chris Fresh and Ivan Gough. Did I say 4 tracks? Prolly more as Anthony Pappa’s Therapy Dub of Angel by Goldrush is in there too. And Medway, Luke Chable…, I’ve always been a fan of the Ozzy sounds.

Space Manoeuvres ‘ Stage One is represented here too; a spacy (duh) breakbeat trip on the infamous Hooj Choons label that topped the charts at the time. Hard Hands, one of the first progressive labels, gives us ‘Take Me To The Sound’ by Darkglobe, while Prog Hero James Holden remixes Loki – NCYU.

Loads more so check it out at http://www.friskyradio.com. 8TM is on every 1st Thursday of the Month at 22:00 Amsterdam time.

8TM March 2015 Flyer

TRACKLIST

8-Track Mind March 05, 2015

00 – 8TM Prologue
01 – Chris Fresh – Possession
02 – Deep Funk Project – Blackwitch
03 – Raff N Freddy – Deep Progress
04 – PQM – I’m Flying (Markus Schultz Renaissance Mix)
05 – Darkglobe – Take Me To The Sound
06 – Max Graham – Love The Bomb (Leon Alexander Mix)
07 – Quest – Bitter and Twisted
08 – Espen & Elusive – Shexy
09 – Medway – The Bassline Track (Luke Chable Mix)
10 – Jean Philippe Aviance – Black on Black
11 – Hamel & Mollison – Break The Cycle
12 – Halogen – Charged
13 – Goldrush – Angel (Therapy Dub)
14 – Loki – NYCU (James Holden Inertia Remix)
15 – Steve Porter – Sensor
16 – Space Manoeuvres – Stage One (Total Separation Mix)

All tracks taken from vinyl
Mix, edits and master by LEMON8

 
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