Two of electronic music’s key agitators keep it weird.
Mika Vainio’s career spans 20 years, and takes in everything from abstract ambient to blasts of dissonance, both solo and with groundbreaking group Pan Sonic. There’s also, for those keeping score, been live performances that border on sadomasochism and a guitar album titled Life (…It Eats You Up). Franck Vigroux, meanwhile, is a experimental French composer who has been exploring the borders of rock and electronic music since the early 00s, both live and on record.
Vainio and Vigroux have been performing live together for several years, and this summer released a collaborative double-album Peau Froide, Léger Soleil (or Cold Skin, Light Sun), a record that used their live performances as a jumping-off point for jagged, brutalist soundscapes. Consider their FACT mix an accompaniment of sorts to that record, peppered with influences both classic (Swans, Napalm Death, Scott Walker) and contemporary (Shapednoise.) Peau Froide, Léger Soleil is out now.
Giacinto Scelsi – Anahit
Orchestra and choir of Polish radio
Pharmakon – Crawling on bruised knees
Napalm Death – Peel Sessions 88: tracks 1 to 10
Bernard Parmegiani – Accidents Harmoniques – De Naturae Sonorum (GRM)
Scott Walker – Clara
Techno Animal – Hell
Federico Schmucher – Print…?
Whitehouse – Wriggle like a Fucking Eel
Swans – Coward
Robert de Visee – Courante
Interprète Pascal Monteilhet (Orbe) – Zig Zag label
Haino Keiji – First Blackness
Disques Du Soleil Et De L’Acier
Shapednoise feat. Justin K Broadrick – Enlightenment