It’s been three years since Back From Beyond, the last original Black Strobe release. In between front man Arnaud Rebotini has offered up three solo EPs, plenty of remixes and an album ‘Someone Gave Me Religion’, with its acid techno darkness.
‘Boogie In Zero Gravity’ is a swaggering funk sonafabitch, with a stoned LCD Soundsytem-esque vocal and proper true to life blues guitar flourishes. If boogie was personified, this would be it; wearing a pastel sweater, but chewing on a nasty ass cheroot.
Black Strobe – Boogie In Zero Gravity EP
Boogie In Zero Gravity is the promised precursor to a full album release in 2013. You can buy the EP on July 16th.
Back in early 2010, Amnesty International and Barcelona’s Buffetlibre Dj’s, released the Peace compiliation, which featured 180 exclusive and unreleased tracks from artists around the world, all proceeds going to Amnesty International Catalunya. Among contributions from people like Marc Almond, Dubstar, Mogwai, Ra Ra Riot and the Toxic Avenger, was this cover of Donna Summer’s disco anthem ‘I Feel Love’ from Black Strobe. In a second act of philanthropy they’re now giving it away for free download.
Black Strobe – I Feel Love 79
Giorgio Moroder was behind the original and we’re going to leave you to decide which of the great men has the most superb moustache.
New Black Strobe material is promised for the end of this year, so keep your eyes open. You can follow Rebotini on his Twitter. For gods sake tell him his moustache is better than Moroder’s!
Black Strobe have been around since 1997, when Arnaud Rebotini and Ivan Smagghe got together in Paris to make ‘frozen balaeric gay biker house’. Along with Erol Alkan, Tiga, Peaches, Fischerspoon, Felix Da Housecat and the like they were at the forefront of the ‘electroclash’ movement with their breakthrough single ‘Me and Madonna’ capturing the new wave synth sound perfectly.
On December 6th Kitsune are re-issuing ‘Me and Madonna’ along with some tasty remixes, by the The Twelves, Tape to Tape, Grand Crue (Rebotni and Birdy Nam Nams DJ Pone) and Jolie Cherie.
Black Strobe – Me and Madonna (Tape to Tape remix)
Of all the remixes the Tape to Tape one wins the day for me, closely followed by The Twelves funky effort. The whole EP is class and well worth a few euros.