Caroline Hervé is at it again with a new Miss Kittin album: Calling From The Stars will be released as a double CD on April 22nd 2013.
Accumulating praise from all facets of the music world, Hervé rose to electronic prominence in 1998 with “1982,” a collaborative single with long-time production partner The Hacker. Soon thereafter, she continued her streak of brilliance with follow-up tunes such as “Frank Sinatra” and “Stock Exchange” (all on the aptly titled First Album). With the record being lauded by critics, DJs and fans alike, it opened the door for Miss Kittin to be featured on tracks from the likes of techno don Sven Väth, electronic agitator T. Raumschmiere and most notably, fellow feline Felix Da Housecat, whose “Silver Screen (Shower Scene)” became one of the early ’00s biggest hits thanks to Kittin’s sultry deadpan delivery.
In 2004, Kittin took charge on the solo front with her debut album I Com, highlighting her inventiveness for merging disparate musical elements into a cohesive whole; tinges of dub, electro-pop and jacking house were uniformly united by her punk sensibility throughout the record’s techno beats. Her sense of vocal delegation was also extended across a variety of deliveries: from singing and screams to rapping and crooning, always with a sizable helping of wit in the mix.
However, for all her hits as a singer, songwriter and producer, Miss Kittin will always love her DJ both. With nearly 20 years behind the decks, Kittin has amassed a following of dedicated dancers with her eclectic sets and ecstatic mixing attitude, playing her own and other techno and house hits while never afraid to throw a curveball at the dance floor in the form of electro, IDM, rave classics and more. As she’s proven time and time again at clubs and festivals around the world (and on her many mix CDs) Kittin is one DJ who isn’t afraid to mix Prince into classic Aphex Twin or a newly pressed 12” from the shelves of Hardwax. It is during these legendary sets that her infectious personality truly becomes visible as she deftly works the turntables and mixer while dancing along to each record and grabbing the mic to add her beloved voice when the moment grabs her.
After her string of full-length releases, including 2008’s BatBox and 2009’s Two with The Hacker (which was accompanied by a full reunion tour), Herve went quiet for a year. During that time she collaborated with Oxia on his newest LP Tides Of Mind, with Kris Menace on Hide, she released EP’s on Mobilee Records and Jackathon Jams, collaborated with Estroe and Xenia Beliayeva and worked on her newest full- length, entitled Calling From The Stars. The album is a double CD, representing two halves of the sonic personalities that live inside Miss Kittin.
Calling From The Stars is the first album written and produced almost entirely by Kittin herself. Having been schooled by the crème of international studio talent, including longtime collaborator The Hacker, Chicago legend Felix da Housecat and UK acid house innovator Pascal Gabriel, Kittin set out to use her training to create music that came at it’s own pace, writing and recording only when inspiration struck.
The first disc is a familiar set of Miss Kittin tracks, starts off with an non-stop burst of club energy until the closing track, Kittin’s cover of R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts.” Inspired by meeting Michael Stipe years back, she revels that small moment and cements her tribute with this fantastic ode to the group.
The second disc presents a more unusual journey into ambient techno sounds akin to Warp’s Artificial Intelligence series, describes by Hervé as “pure expression of feelings, space and textures in sounds.” Those senses include impressions of Detroit, the French countryside and even quantum physics.
Undoubtedly rapturing, Caroline Herve returns to form with Calling From The Stars by showing the world two sides of a distinct musical soul. No matter how it’s absorbed, one thing is for sure; her ability to bridge the gap between the dance floor and the soul of music inside of us is clearly evident in this album and whatever else is on the horizon.