Cuisine Non-Stop: Introduction to the French Nouvelle Generation

Cuisine Non-Stop: Introduction to the French Nouvelle Generation

     
 

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Say au revoir to all those preconceptions of French music -- a hoary set of clichés about as relevant to Paris in the 21st century as Polish jokes and cracks about Chinese food -- with this savvy set of new Gallic pop. Compiled by Luaka Bop honcho and ex-Talking Head David Byrne, Cuisine Non-Stop spotlights an eclectic batch of noisemakers who have

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Say au revoir to all those preconceptions of French music -- a hoary set of clichés about as relevant to Paris in the 21st century as Polish jokes and cracks about Chinese food -- with this savvy set of new Gallic pop. Compiled by Luaka Bop honcho and ex-Talking Head David Byrne, Cuisine Non-Stop spotlights an eclectic batch of noisemakers who have reinvigorated the fundamentals of French music -- the accordions, the world-weary chanson -- with a dose of modern reality. That means celebrating a republic with hearty Arabic and African constituencies, the world's most cosmopolitan music scene, and the biggest hip-hop industry outside of the United States. Blending folk with electronics, tradition with transgression, artists such as Lo'jo, les Tetes Raides, Arthur H, and others never lose their Gallic savoir faire.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Over the decade prior to this record's release, there was a musical movement in France that finally began to break through from the underground. Although there's little cohesion to the bands involved, they all seem to share a vision of this multicultural France, while also acknowledging the history of musette and chanson and ignoring the rather embarrassing attempts at French rock & roll -- as if the period between Brel and Mano Negra had never existed, except for the hugely influential Serge Gainsbourg. And so there's Lo' Jo, who brings together the music of North and West Africa with gypsy and French sounds; or Java, with a unique, idiosyncratic take on rap; and the whiskey-stung voice of Arthur H, his words continuing as the tracks descend into dub and back again. There's such an intriguing variety of music, and not everything will be for everyone, but there will be enough to capture the mind of everyone, be it the lo-fi resonance of Mickey 3D or the strictly bizarre sampling of Ignatus. Given that the vast majority of this work is totally unknown outside France -- and barely even there -- this album provides a vital service, illuminating some brilliant music.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/21/2003
Label:
Luaka Bop
UPC:
0680899005128
catalogNumber:
90051
Rank:
262879

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Technical Credits

David Byrne   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Warren A. Bruleigh   Producer
Alain Cluzeau   Producer
Yale Evelev   Executive Producer
Gordon Gano   Producer
Marlon   Producer
Arthur H   Producer
Bob "Stiv" Coke   Producer
Andy Morgan   English Translations,Biographical Information
Pires   Arranger,Producer
Justin Adams   Producer
Matthieu Ballet   Producer
Ceux Qui Marchent Debout   Producer
Mickey 3d   Producer,Engineer
Thierry Balasse   Producer
François Xavier Bossard dit Fixi   Producer
Jean Marc Despert   Producer
Bill Guigneton   Engineer

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