The Early Years of French Electronic Released on Compilation; Includes Serge Gainsbourg, Jean Michel Jarre and Cerrone.

It's not exactly a secret that Europe has always been a hotbed for electronic music. German bands such as Kraftwerk experimented with synthpop during the '70s, the United Kingdom popularized house and "big beat" for two decades afterward, and the current scene is dominated by names from all over the continent. Daft Punk is rightly praised as one of the biggest names in electronic music, but it certainly wasn't the first French act to have an influence. Because Music is launching the compilation "Cosmic Music: A Voyage Across French Cosmic & Electronic Avantgarde (1970-1980)" to flesh out the nation's often overshadowed influence on the genre.

This won't all be electronic in the nightclub sense however. In fact, very little of it is. Like Kraftwerk, French artists weren't necessarily trying to create a new genre, but rather reinterpret what already existed. Among the gems included on "Cosmic" are an experimental piece by Serge Gainsbourg, a vocalist who covered everything from jazz early electronic music, a dance track from disco figurehead Cerrone, and the ambient synthesizers of Jean Michel Jarre.

A fun listen for casual electronic fans, and a must-listen for those interested in the genre's history. Check out the full track list below:

01. Patrick Juvet - Le Reve
02. Didier Marouani - Temps X
03. Droids - Shanti Dance Part 1 & Part 2
04. François de Roubaix - Survol
05. Space - Magic Fly
06. Universal Energy - Disco Energy (I)
07. Pierre Bachelet - Motel Show
08. Space Art - Love Machine
09. The Atomic Crocus - Ombilic Contact
10. Jean Michel Jarre - Blackbird
11. Bernard Fevre - That Is To Be
12. Cerrone - Generique (Debut)
13. Frederic Mercier - Spirit
14. Quartz - Chaos
15. Rene Roussel - Caramel
16. Serge Gainsbourg - Le Physique Et Le Figure
17. DVWB - Acqua
18. Alan Goraguer - Le Bracelet
19. Jean-Jacques Perrey - E.V.A.
20. Rockets - Rocket Man (Instrumental)

Because Music will release Cosmic Machine: A Voyage Across French Cosmic & Electronic Avant-Garde (1970-1980) on October 14th, 2013.


Source: musictimes.com

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