A longstanding figure of the French underground, Benjamin Boguet alias Cosmo Vitelli first made a name for himself back in the French Touch’s heyday with the release of his outstanding debut, ‘We Don’t Need No Smurf Here‘ EP on Etienne De Crecy’s Disques Solid imprint. A strikingly fresh and inspired sample-heavy record that has not aged a bit, this one then made for a manifesto for the luscious, jazz and disco-impacted savoir-faire he’d keep pushing for over two decades.
It paved the way to a handful unforgettable extended and long-players for a variety of labels – including the seminal ‘Clean‘ album on – yes, there was a time when they’d release records like this – Virgin. Not forgetting a wealth of top-shelf remixes and edits for Daft Punk, SMD, Radio Slave, De Crecy, Junior Boys et al.
Deserting his label I’m A Cliché for a minute, Cosmo Vitelli makes a detour via Malka Tuti to land the first chapter in his much anticipated ‘Holiday in Panikstrasse‘ twofold LP, each of which are comprised of a quartet of original kraut, afrobeat and Italo-infused jams. With just a few days to go until the release of this polychromatic opening volume, we’re proud to premiere the video for the closing cut, ‘Kuldip‘, directed by the multi-talented Marco Dos Santos.
Fitting the playful, multi-cultural vibe of the track like a glove, the music video was made using images lifted from the cult late ’70s BBC series, ‘Gangsters‘, which can be reminisced as a pioneer of contemporary shows through its capacity at setting innovative forms of visual and narrative expression that are still in use today. Yet, the show was loaded with the kind of surrealistic wit that really transcends any possible lineage with today’s TV offerings – sadly feeling all the more corseted within narrower, more politically correct stances. One for the retro luvin’ heads.
Holiday in Panikstrasse Part 1 is released on 31 May 2019. Order a copy from Bandcamp.
A1. A Brand New City
A2. Groupe Surdose
B1. Die Alraune