|FRIDAY APRIL 29|
Grenoble born and currently Berlin based Caroline Herve, aka Miss Kittin, has over the past five years become one of the most inspiring DJs and voices to emerge within the electronic music scene. Her vocal collaborations have produced seminal moments of dancefloor heaven. Alongside long-time production partner The Hacker, tracks such as 'Frank Sinatra' and '1982' propelled them into the spotlight whilst further collaborations with Felix Da Housecat 'Silver Screen (Shower Scene)', Golden Boy 'Rippin Kittin', Sven Vath 'Je T'aime' and more recently T. Raumschmiere 'The Game Is Not Over' and Tricky have confirmed Miss Kittin's star billing status. To cap it all this year she released her debut solo artist album 'I Com' on novamute. Co-produced by Tobi Neumann and Thies Mynther a.k.a. GLOVE the album opens with the first single 'Professional Distortion', a rock meets blip-hop opus and wry commentary on her experiences in the nightlife world. From there, the album careens through the giddy electro-punk of 'Meet Sue Be She' (apparently an ode to her manager) to the shimmering euro-pop of 'Kiss Factory', the icy skank of 'Dub About Me' and full on Chicago jack attitude of second single 'Requiem For A Hit' with L.A. Williams providing guest vocals. If anything 'I Com' is the sound of Miss Kittin spreading her wings and escaping any pre-conceived notions of being an electroclash diva. The heavily-accented deadpan delivery over techno beats that established her notoriety on previous recordings has been unseated by a desire to sing, to scream, to rap and to croon, all of which she manages to do with ample helpings of sly wit and wordplay and a musical landscape that incorporates both brazen beats and intoxicating atmospherics. However for all her releases and collaborations Kittin's first and main love remains DJing. From starting out in 1994 Kittin's name first appeared on a flyer in the chill-out room for a rave in an old military fort in the mountains. From there on Kittin hasn't looked back. From playing harder edged techno, rave classics, Chicago, acid and Detroit techno Kittin has progressed into more leftfield, electro and electronic realms. Able to play Prince with Black Dog or Aphex Twin with a new Kompakt 12" she has an uncanny and intuitive sense of selection that not only flows but also maintains that primary sense of the party. Anyone who has seen Kittin dancing behind the decks or grabbing the microphone mid-set will understand only too well that she is also a clubber at heart. As Kittin says, "I love playing records, it's probably the best thing I know to do in life. I do it because it's big fun and it makes me free." From playing live and DJing with her longtime recording partner, Michel Amato (aka The Hacker), Miss Kittin is now undeniably a headline DJ in her own right as this year's exhausting worldwide tours and club and festival headline appearances will aptly testify. Currently based in Berlin, Kittin is also consultant A&Ring for Mute, helping support the local scene, DJing the world over, recording, having press days full of interviews and photo shoots and writing detailed words of wisdom from her journals on her own website www.misskittin.com. From cover star to playing her uncompromising electronic style in underground clubs and huge rock festivals Miss Kittin is rightly placed as one of the most revered and recognizable artists in dance music today. Do not MISS.