TomorrowWorld’s Kitsune stage takes French electro to new heights
While the names Gildas Loaëc and Masaya Kuroki may not be as familiar as say, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, the pair’s influence on the French electronic scene may exceed that of its most famous representatives. As the founders of Kitsuné, Loaëc and Kuroki have signed tracks from Phoenix and Bloc Party, Digitalism and Cut Copy, Boys Noize and La Roux, and done so well before those names entered the mainstream vernacular. Now prepared to bring their french electro/indie/nu disco sound across the Atlantic to their very own TomorrowWorld stage, the label is set on proving there is more to electronic music than big room and loud house. Staking their claim on indie dance for three days and three nights, we introduce you to the Kitsuné Water Stage headliners.
While Friday gets the label’s groove going with performances from The Knocks, Tesla Boy and Penguin Prison, it is Minnesota’s own Gigamesh that nabbed the headlining spot. Making music since 2008, the producer really got into the game three years ago with a rash of happy-go-lucky remixes of the likes of The Velvet Underground, Clasixx and RAC but proved his disco-flavored mettle with his debut EP in 2011. Still hailed for remixes (who else can comfortably take on Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac and Two Door Cinema Club?) the Midwestern mix master is guaranteed to bring a future throwback set to Chattahoochee Hills – platforms optional, jiving not.
If dance music’s beloved Triple J radio show weren’t enough to prove that they can get down Down Under, Australia’s Cassian is clearing up any confusion. The Sydney-based producer will be cooling off a night of Jacques Renault, Amtrac and Vindata with his polished percussion and smooth synth. Going on five years of beat slinging, the Aussie’s tunes have found homes on Bang Gang, Future Classic and of course Kitsuné, where his indie vibes have come to life. If an Anna Lunoe & Touch Sensitive remix strikes your fancy or you’d be game for anyone who shared a stage with Flight Facilitates, boogie on down to the Kitsuné Stage Saturday to get cool with Cassian.
It wouldn’t be a celebration of a French label if French producers weren’t on the bill, and Sunday night sees one such act take the spotlight. Caen’s BeatauCue will take the stage after Moon Boots, Le Youth and Henry Krinkle and send listeners on their journey back to the realities from whence they came, but not before taking them to a universe all their own. Sometimes indie dance, occasionally electro and usually somewhere in between, the pair has remixed Major Lazer and Adrian Lux, Mika and M83, but spent the better part of the last year releasing originals. With a handful of EPs, cameos on countless compilations and more ideas than time, bidding TomorrowWorld adieu with BeatauCue may be the best thing you could possibly do.