Aural History: Vitalic

Ahead of his headline set at Ministry of Sound on November 28th, we decided to revisit 10 of Vitalic's most important tunes.

Ahead of his headline set at Ministry of Sound on November 28th, we decided to revisit some of Vitalic's most important tunes and remixes

After hanging out in Laurent Garnier's 'Techno Temple' (The Rex nightclub), Pascal Arbez aka Vitalic began sending tracks to DJ Hell, on the advice of fellow french producer, The Hacker. One of those tracks was 2001 Electroclash anthem, "La Rock" and catapulted Vitalic into the world of Miss Kittin, Peaches and Erol Alkan.

Vitalic moved on from his electroclash routes to become a figurehead in the re-emerging french house and electro scenes of 2005 - 2010 championed by Ed Banger Records.

Join us as we tell the story of this multi-talented producer through ten iconic tracks from his illustrious career.

Paul Kalkbrenner - "Altes Kamuffel" (Vitalic Remix)

Perhaps Vitalic's biggest tune at the moment, this one sees the Frenchman on remix duties for Berlin based Paul Kalkbrenner and features an acid techno infused aesthetic and one hell of a middle breakdown. 

Vitalic - "La Rock 01"

A well established Vitalic classic since it's release back in 2001, "La Rock 01" was a hit in the summer of it's release and since then it has gone on to cement itself as a certified electroclash anthem.

Bjork - "Who Is It" (Vitalic Remix) 

"Who Is It?" once again sees Vitalic on remix duties. This time for Icelandic superstar Bjork. Vitalic builds electronic stabs and swirls around the classic vocal line to create an emotional and fresh take on the original that would still smash any dancefloor to this day.

Vitalic - "Poison Lips"

Taken from his seminal album Flashmob, Poison Lips is a certified Vitalic banger with a haunting fragmented female vocal hook and thumping sub bass frequencies. The video is very worth checking out too, featuring a Japanese girl smearing blood on various household objects, we are not too sure why but it makes for some decent viewing.

Amadou & Mariam - "Sabali" (Vitalic Remix)

Arguably Vitalic's most ambitious remix project ever here. This one sees him revamping Amadou & Mariam, a Grammy Award-nominated musical duo from Mali. With pitched up vocals and signature electronica thumps, this remix breathes fresh life into the original and changes it's vibe from African easy listening to a cinematic house nodder.

Vitalic - "Stamina"

It was impossible to leave this one off the list. Watch the video and you will see why. A truly relentless vocal line featuring samples from TV fitness adverts helps tell the story of obesity and overeating. A similarly relentless aggressive bass line gives the track a huge amount of weight that at times sounds like some weird Aphex Twin cut. But yeah, just watch the video, there's people who have burgers for heads...

Daft Punk - "Technologic" (Vitalic Remix)

A proper bit of France to France action on this one. Vitalic adds even more distortion and drive to the original classic, creating an absolute monster dancefloor tune. Featuring the original vocal line, this one is instantly recognizable when its dropped in the club and usually sends fans into a state of delirium.

Vitalic - "Poney Part 1"

"Poney Part 1" is one of Vitalic's best known tunes and is a classic slab of aggressive French electronica as you would expect. What you might not expect however is another ludicrous video. This one comprises solely of slow motion shots of dogs jumping up and down on what can only be a trampoline. Fair play to the man for backing that idea.

Basement Jaxx - "Cish Cash" (Vitalic Remix) 

Stepping up to remix Brixton powerhouses Basement Jaxx, Vitalic shows his production abilities once again. Seamlessly transforming a British club classic into a Euro-house thumper. With the original vocal line still intact, this really is a special bit of remix work that we can't wait to hear played in London.

18 Nov 2014