The music produced by Parisian DJ and musician Chloé Thévenin (who is generally billed by her first name) ranges in scope from floor-filling minimal techno to dark, confessional downtempo, and even blues-influenced indie rock. Her ambitious solo albums, including 2010's One in Other and 2017's Endless Revisions, are particularly experimental and cinematic, containing a greater presence of guitars, intimate vocals (both sung and spoken), and abstract song structures. She has also issued numerous club-geared EPs, such as 2021's Mars 500. An esteemed DJ, she has spun at numerous clubs and festivals across the world, and has released a handful of acclaimed mix CDs. She is the co-founder of Kill the DJ Records, born from the infamous club night at Parisian night club Le Pulp, and she later founded an additional club night and label called Lumière Noire. Aside from club music and culture, Chloé has ventured into classical music, soundtrack work, and the contemporary art world, with projects such as the choreographic piece Static Shot, the score of which was issued in 2021. Chloé began DJing during the mid-'90s, around the time she was attending law school at the Université Panthéon-Assas. She became a resident DJ at lesbian nightclub Le Pulp, and was partly responsible for the trendsetting monthly event series known as Kill the DJ. Chloé started releasing her own productions in 2002, beginning with the Erosoft EP on Karat Records. The mix CD I Hate Dancing, named after a song from the EP, was issued by French imprint Human in 2004. Additional singles appeared on labels such as Gomma, BPitch Control, and Crack&Speed. In 2005, Chloé and fellow Le Pulp resident Ivan Smagghe helped launch Kill the DJ as a label, and the two co-mixed The Dysfunctional Family the following year. Chloé's ambitious debut full-length, The Waiting Room, was released in 2007. The slow-burning mix CD Live at Robert Johnson, issued by the label associated with the Frankfurt club where she often spun, appeared in 2008. Chloé's second studio album, the more downtempo, mysterious One in Other, was released in 2010. Chloé continued releasing techno singles and spinning at prestigious clubs (including Berghain, Watergate, and Rex Club) throughout the 2010s, but she devoted more of her time to live performances and pursuits outside of the realm of dance music. She performed a live film score to a screening of Alfred Hitchcock's Blackmail in 2012, as well as a live score for a video by Franco-Lebanese artist Anri Sala at the 2013 Venice Biennale. In 2016, Chloé and percussionist Vassilena Serafimova performed the music of Steve Reich as part of the French television series Variations. Chloé worked with Algerian Kabyle musicians on the soundtrack to Lidia Terki's film Paris la Blanche, which was released in 2017. Her third solo album, Endless Revisions, appeared on her own Lumière Noire imprint that year; guest vocalists included Ben Shemie (Suuns) and French pop veteran Alain Chamfort. Two companion releases, Endless Revisions: Live and Endless Revisions: Remixes, arrived in 2019. She returned to instrumental techno with 2021's Permanent Vacation-issued Mars 500 EP. Static Shot, an EP composed with Pete Harden (Ensemble Klang) containing music for a dance piece directed by choreographer Maud Le Pladec and performed by the CCN-Ballet de Lorraine, was released the same year. Chloé also collaborated with Maud Le Pladec on Counting Stars with You (Musiques Femmes), a choreographic project focusing on women composers.
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Electronic - Released October 27, 2017 | Lumière Noire Records
Seven years after One In Other, Chloé has decided to bring out a third album, Endless Revisions with her label Lumière Noire. For this Pope of electro, three albums across a more than twenty-year reign is not a lot. But, as the saying goes, something something quantity something something quality... Those who have been following her since the Pulp and Rex years know that Chloé has always followed her desires, her own rules and her whims, and has never been one for following fashions, or for observing boundaries or labels. "I waited a long time to make this album because I didn't want to impose deadlines on myself for long formats: that doesn't stimulate my creativity. For a few years now, people have been proposing interesting collaborations; I've composed for the cinema with Lidia Terki's Paris La Blanche, collaborated with Ircam for a live interactive project (Chloé X Ircam) and reinterpreted Steve Reich with percussionist Vassilena Serafimova... These opportunities forced me to get out of the studio and encounter other worlds, which allowed me to grow. I think that now I've got some new things to say." These "new things to say" fuse wonderfully here with Chloé's fundamentals. This richly-layered record travels across some very different terrains. Adept at a certain kind of starkness, she leaves a lot of space in her compositions, never over-loading her productions, her sounds or her beats. Often mysterious, sometimes atmospheric and inevitably fascinating, this is an essential album for its ability to move from light to shadow in a fraction of a second. Also note that Ben Shemie from Suuns is brought in for one track, as is another, rather unexpected guest, a certain… Alain Chamfort! © MD/Qobuz
Film Soundtracks - Released February 24, 2016 | kill the dj