Miss Kittin (Caroline HervÃ©) & The Hacker (Michel Amato) are back together again, double the trouble and double the fun, with a brand new album, TWO.
It all started back in 2001with a little electro ditty called “Frank Sinatra”. (Actually it all started at a rave in the early 90s, but thatâ€™s a longer storyâ€¦) The cool melody and cutting wit behind â€œFrank Sinatraâ€ were simply irresistible, dripping with Kittinâ€™s now-infamously deadpan vocals: “To be famous is so nice. Suck my dick! Lick my ass! In limousines we have sex, every night with my famous friends.” Karl Lagerfeld, Marilyn Manson and Elton John (who says he gave a copy to all his friends) proclaimed themselves fans, and the masses followed suit. Miss Kittin & The Hacker were the new â€œitâ€ duo, their debut full-length,
First Album, a smash.
The duo eventually went their separate ways in pursuit of other endeavors. Miss Kittin released the critically acclaimed I Com (2004), and became a well-known voice on the club scene (collaborating with Felix Da Housecat, Sven VÃ¤th), as well as DJ star with an eclectic ear (demonstrated by her mix CDs: Radio Caroline, and A Bugged Out Mix)). The Hacker became an unrivalled electro and techno DJ, going from EPs to remixes (Marc Almond, Laurent Garnier, Air, Nitzer Ebb), and releasing his own full-length, RÃªves MÃ©caniques (2004), propelled by the hit “Flesh & Bone”.
But the scene being what it is, the two couldnâ€™t stay apart for long, and by 2006, spontaneously, without any pressure and just for the fun, the French duo were at it again, composing new tunes, two of which came out in the spring of 2007 on the Hometown EP (Goodlife). Soon they were playing together live again, kicking things off with a huge gig in front of thousands of people under the famous “Pont du Gard” bridge in the South France that summer. Each date is the same: A massive turnout.
The duo used this experience to define a new on-stage style.
On TWO, Miss Kittin & The Hacker leave behind electroclash contrariness and unmask a perfectly accessible, more elegant, more mature and more distinct – yet, still pop â€“ side. The album serves up a stellar sprinkling of metallic soul, glamorous space disco, glossy vocal nuances, crystalline beats and swirling melodies, the upcoming single, â€œ1000 Dreams,â€ “PPPO,” and the superb cover of Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds”.
Miss Kittin and The Hacker will tour extensively in 2009, and will be hitting the U.S. this fall.
For a sneak peak, check out Miss Kittinâ€™s latest DJ mix (MP3), featuring â€œ1000 Dreams (Maxime Dangles Remix)â€, â€œPPPO (Functionâ€™s Sandwell Mix)â€ and â€œRay Banâ€ from the new album.