Madonna producer Stuart Price returns to dance music, and Brodinski's label finds unlikely fans
Brodinski and his Bromance label got a shout-out from an unexpected place recently, when a certain DJ Mosey told Mr. Porter that his tastes leaned towards "French artists who haven't made it abroad yet, such as Gesaffelstein and the scene from Reims: Yuksek and Brodinski." Unexpected, first, because Mr. Porter is a men's luxury retailer of brands like Balmain, Lanvin, and Maison Martin Margiela, rather than a dance-music website. (Anyone who wears a pair of $1200 Rick Owens hi-tops while raving to Brodinski is going to be very sorry indeed: There's a reason the tracks on his label have titles like "Depravity" and "Let the Beat Control Your Body.") Second, Mosey is none other than Pierre Sarkozy, son of the former French president; it's to his credit that he appears to have way better taste than many of his fellow celebrity-offspring-turned-DJs.
Maybe it's the fraternité aspect of the Bromance crew that appeals to him? In any case, Brodinski's trans-Atlantic ménage gains new members on its latest split release: Reims' own Monsieur Monsieur, who make their debut appearance here, and a certain Jacques Lu Cont, a.k.a. Les Rythmes Digitales and Thin White Duke — a.k.a. Stuart Price, a member of Zoot Woman and the Grammy-winning producer of Madonna's Confessions on a Dance Floor, Kylie Minogue's Aphrodite, and the Killers' Day & Age. "In the Night" is Price's first original music as Jacques Lu Cont in eight years, but you wouldn't guess it from the effortless way he doles out EBM-inspired synth riffs and lacerating snare rolls, building to a climax that could shake the Republic to its foundations. Monsieur Monsieur's "ARYM" is just as heavy, with crescendoing 909s recalling Plastikman's "Spastik" and an air of minor-key menace reminiscent of vintage Belgian rave; they could just as well have titled it, "War Song for the Army of Reims."
Bromance #5 is out today; check out samples below, and marchons, marchons!