Hadès is the latest accomplishment from a musician —
Paul Régimbeau, 27 years old — who likes deep contrasts as much as nuance, and who allows himself to develop radical techno sounds as well as melodic anthems with a cinematographic dimension.
With The Nicest Way EP (Perc Trax), and memorable performances as a DJ in clubs like Berghain and Corsica Studios, this year has seen Mondkopf perfecting his cathartic approach to dance music. Also getting on his own terms and starting his own imprint In Paradisum with Guillaume Heuguet, he has united a team of artists all pretty much standing apart in the French scene and led by the same restlessness and ideals. The operation quickly connected to a flourishing international scene of forward-thinking techno and house, and is now allowing him to express his musical goals further.
Hadès is one of these rare electronic music albums which accomplish full consistency. The atmospheres of previous work appear here sharper than ever. From the first trumpet notes of opener ‘Hades I’ the album has a melodic and cinematic atmosphere, though the waves of distortion and layers of broken atmospherics prevent it from ever drifting into soundtrack clichés. It takes until the third track (‘Cause & Cure’) for Mondkopf to finally unleash the full range of his percussive arsenal, launching wave after wave of drum assaults. From here on the album moves forward perfectly, balancing beauty and menace, power and subtlety and melody and rhythm.
Despite its blood red cover, Hadès provides a feeling of controlled anxiety. One could believe the wild child is getting softer — quite the opposite, a whole new live show is proving his desire to challenge himself. Getting rid of the binary rhythms and highly powerful design effects that had made the previous live experience a success, Mondkopf is now reaching for both more tension and more intensity. With the help of Greg Buffier, guitarist from ambient group Saåad (Hands in the dark), machines and guitar unite in sonic waves melting electric and electronic power. An experience alien to most current trends in electronic dance music, as well as a whole a new direction Mondkopf, which is just beginning…
‘We Watched The End’ by Grégoire Orio & Grégoire Couvert / As Human Pattern
Cause & Cure’ by Grégoire Orio & Grégoire Couvert / As Human Pattern
Thanks to Julien Magot, Eva Moutin, Julien Diers and Arnaud Couzinié)
All tracks composed and produced by Paul Régimbeau.
Mastered by Dietrich Schonemann at Complete Mastering USA.
Photographs by Alexandre Guirkinger.
Graphic design by Jules Estèves.
© In Paradisum 2014