Sounding as current as any of the recent output from France’s Ed Banger, Kitsune or Institubes labels, and an influential blueprint for the evolution of the French electronic music genre at large, the majority of the performers featured on B.I.P.P.P.: French Synth-Wave 1979-1985 never made it beyond limited DIY pressings of 500 or 1000 copies of 7″ vinyl singles.
Everloving’s U.S. release of B.I.P.P.P., originally curated and compiled by Parisian indie label Born Bad, looks to introduce Marie Moor, Deux, Ruth and others to a global audience who are listening to new releases that even in 2007, draw heavily from the robotic electro of the late 70s and 80s.
Case in point, Busy P (aka Ed Banger label head Pedro Winter) released “Rainbow Man,” a song framed around a sample of Comix/TGV’s “Touche Pas Mon Sexe.” Turning the original into a meaty dance floor groove that became the theme for the Google Play TV campaign.With lo-fi recordings and even lower promo budgets, bands like ACT, Comix/TGV and Vox Dei danced in a grey area between the tail end of the DIY Punk movement and the upswing of New Wave, pushing the guitars further out of the equation and placing the synthesizer’s cold resonance at the forefront of their sound. While they ran parallel with what was happening sonically in cities like Manchester and New York, most ran out of the economic steam that was necessary to achieve widespread public recognition and find a receptive audience outside of France.
Originally released on CD by Everloving, the package found it’s way to the the MOMA store and is now reissued again, this time on four sides of vinyl with gatefold packaging, ltd. edition poster, and download card.