Title: I Com
Genre/Style: Electronic - Techno - Electroclash - Vocal
Label: Astralwerks Records
1. Professional Distortion
2. Requiem for a Hit Hervé
3. Happy Violentine
4. Meet Sue Be She
5. Kiss Factory
7. Soundtrack of Now
8. Dub About Me
9. Clone Me
10. 3eme Sexe
11. I Come.com
12. Neukölln 2
Miss Kittin (born Caroline Hervé, 1973 in Grenoble, France) is an electronic music DJ, vocalist, and songwriter.
At age 22 she began DJing, spinning records in France, Moscow and Chicago with Mike Dearborn. Soon after she met DJ Hell in Marseille who wanted her to record for his International DJ Gigolo label. She presented him with the EP Champagne that she recorded with The Hacker. Miss Kittin and the Hacker released First Album in 2001. Several tracks, such as \"1982\" and \"Frank Sinatra\", became anthems of the electroclash scene.
Kittin expressed an interest in the visual arts - she studied both contemporary and graphic arts. As time progressed, however, Kittin found herself emulating her parents\' musical tastes by developing an interest in musical genres ranging from classic, jazz, funk, and disco to English pop. Finding her niche in electronic music in 1991, Kittin raved all around the country before doing her first mix in April of 1993. Her first set came one year later in 1994, at which time she started her career with Tekmics Booking Agency, playing in the famous Dragon Ball wild parties of Southern France.
In pursuit of other opportunities, Kittin left France in 1996 and relocated to Geneva, Switzerland, where she would join the Mental Groove Record Posse one year later. Through years of an exciting and mobile career as a DJ, Miss Kittin is confident with her own personal sound. She states, \"I get quickly bored when I listen to the same sound. DJs have to take risks, without only thinking about what people want to hear. Some people say I\'m too technical. That\'s true, but this technique also gives me the freedom to concentrate only on music.\"
She has become one of the most important figures in electroclash, working with not only The Hacker, but also Felix da Housecat, Chicks on Speed, and Golden Boy. In 2002, she released a techno music compilation under her own name (Miss Kittin on the Road). Her debut solo CD I Com has elements from different electronic styles and is more experimental than her previous records.
Her other collaborations include Sven Vath, Steve Bug, and Ellen Allien (for remixes).
In 2006, she released Miss Kittin Live at Sonar, recorded at the famous electronic music festival Sonar at Barcelona. She plays her own tracks, among others tracks from Aphex Twin, Modeselektor, Boom Bip. 2006 also saw the release of a double-disc CD Miss Kittin: Bugged Out.
If the electroclash movement did anything besides get a bunch of gawky people laid, it nourished the liberal vertical marketing of electronics through the sediment of music. That fief\'s unintentional yet nevertheless influential royal Miss Kittin takes its latent notions to heart and foot for I Com, her solo debut. By 2003 a mostly full-time Berliner, Kittin collaborated for the record with that berg\'s Tobi Neumann and Thies Mynther, producer dudes who have files on both Chicks on Speed and Peaches. This feels right, as Kittin has cut a solo rug that\'s informed by the Chicks\' newsprint clothing art beat futurism and dyed in Peaches\' sexy muddy juice, but is drier and droller than either, and cooler than a night on the town with the universe\'s most hippest kid. She\'s always been smart, this one called Kittin. But with I Com, she has winnowed her dueling personas -- brilliant techno-inflected DJ and haughtily self-aware vocalist -- into a fantastically complete, wildly inventive package that offers the lunatic best of both badass sides. \"Professional Distortion\" splatters guitar distortion over clicking rhythms and rap detachment from the woman herself; \"Requiem for a Hit\" drops salty lyrics (\"Um, excuse me, would you mind to...pump?\") on a peppery beat, before getting all naughty over lite rock plinks. But I Com isn\'t all about the dancefloor. \"Happy Violentine\" is a coldly functional valentine, a blippy Teutonic take on Björk\'s odd bird emotion poetry. \"No love is part of the job,\" intones Miss Kittin. \"Switch me in a standby mode/Until someone presses play.\" \"Allergic\" and \"Clone Me,\" too, sound like electronicized versions of shrill post-punk detachment, while Kittin\'s old pal Hacker appears for \"Soundtrack of Now,\" I Com\'s Detroit techno interpretation. The album\'s production is strong and the beats are varied and inventive throughout. But Kittin\'s album truly excels in its darkest, weirdest moments. The seven-minute-plus \"Dub About Me\" is unsettling in its extrapolated, minimalist rhythms -- its dark shadows steadily coalesce into a demonic lover built from blown circuit boards. Best is \"I Come.com,\" where Kittin becomes the robotic voice of Wi-Fi feminism, daring you to take a trip through her wires. Careful -- the essence of Siouxsie Sioux is haunting your Blackberry. In the end, none of I Com is really techno -- it\'s technique. The best bits and pieces of the post-everything genres have been rearranged in a newfangled data stream to represent Miss Kittin\'s very elusive, entirely accessible muse. The alluring result is cool, reloaded.
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