This may not be for everyone - especially who loves the tried and trusted most. But some of you’ve probably heard of Mondkopf. French producer Paul Régimbeau is behind this strange mysterious-sounding name. Mondkopf got much attention for his Johnny Cash Remix before – now he releases his second album ‘Rising Doom’. Listen to the video below to get familiar with this excellent sound.
Inspired by post-punk, black metal and with the music of Aphex Twin and Autechre always in his head, ‘Rising Doom’ displays an energy du force like no other. Dark, almost Gothic, electronica intertwines with beautiful melodies and beats so heavy they pound deep into your soul; creating a sonic journey to the beautiful darkside.
Defying tradition, in 2009 Mondkopf – originally from Toulouse but now living in Paris – imposed himself as a French electronic revelation with his debut album ‘Galaxy Of Nowhere’. Critical acclaim included a comparison to Brian Eno by Les Inrocks, as well as artistic parallels to Apparat and Modeselektor. He remixed Caribou, The Teenagers, Black Devil Disco Club, Golden Filter, Johnny Cash and picked up the ears of DJs including Busy P, Boys Noize and James Zabiela in the process… His ‘Galaxy of Nowhere’ Live show also began to tour… voted in the top five Live shows of 2010 by Tsugi Magazine in France. In 2011, and at still only 24, Mondkopf returns with his second album, ‘Rising Doom’, an opus-complete that flows in the true sense of how an album should. ‘Rising Doom’ is an exploration to the depths of Mondkopf’s soul, a connection to his ever-present inner sacred feeling, something he is not afraid to explore and draw creation from.
From darkness to light…
Also heavily influenced by the cinematic experience, Mondkopf has merged sound and vision, collaborating with multimedia design agency Trafik to conceive a Live show for both the ears and eyes; black and white tension immerses, igniting the sensation of raves, exorcism and a mystical experience… A preview show was held at La Gaite Lyrique in Paris in April and can be watched on Arte.
With a truly unique album, his sensory defying live show, a sound – both in his production and DJ sets – that connects to electronica, indie, dub-step, ‘rave’ and hip-hop sensibilities, Mondkopf ignites and ever growing fascination. ‘Rising Doom’ is album so rich in atmospheric complexity, akin only to the artist himself. The tension rises… Rising Doom.
Mondkopf – ‘Rising Doom’
CD / Digital
Fool House / In Paradisum
Released 3rd October 2011
Review and Text by Christine Guggenberger/ Kim Booth