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Bromance 3: AraabMUZIK, Brodinski & Club Cheval

June 7, 2012

We speak to the Club Cheval boys ahead of tomorrow's massive sound clash at Social Club

  • Text by Terence Teh

Artwork by Viktor Hachmang

Tomorrow night, flying the flag for the freshest generation of French electronic music, sees Brodinski's Bromance label throw down another unmissable party, this time inviting to their Social Club residency the MPC MVP and one of the most innovative young hip hop producers from NYC, AraabMUZIK. His live show is legendary. We were down at his London debut, just a stones throw from the Satellite Voices and Dazed offices and it was incredible. This time around Araab will be joined by Bromance label boss Brodinski and the good guys at Club Cheval, all vanguards of the new school, with a vision to push new club music forwards.

We're excited about the upcoming "Bromance #3 EP" that drops on June 11 and features Club Cheval's debut original track and your man Brodinski. Get it.

We spoke to Club Cheval about Bromance and their Paris, and in the meantime check out our Satellite Voices Facebook and Twitter for ticket and CD competitions for the night. AND check out the exclusive Dazed Digital x Bromance x Club Cheval mix below which is blazing.

Satellite Voices: How would you introduce Club Cheval?
Club Cheval: There are four of us in Club Cheval. Myd is the pop megamind engineer of the band, Canblaster is the melodic Japan nerd, Sam only feels ghetto vibes, Panteros666 is the Belgian internet. Club Cheval is the synthesis of these four distinct universes, like a fifth element you can only get when the four are unified! So far, this unification has brought about tracks made of trance, RnB, rave and melodic tenderness.

SV: What is it that inspires you about AraabMUZIK?
Club Cheval: He has been a pioneer in mixing hip hop, trance and most surprisingly hardcore and gabba. Above all, he's an outstanding performer. One can even use the word, “virtuoso”.

SV: Where do you live in Paris?
Club Cheval: We live in four different places, but our studio is located in the 18th Arrondissement at La Goutte d'Or, close to the typical touristic area of Paris Montmartre, but still in a pretty ghetto district. Having our studio there, gives us the certainty that people who come work with us really want to get things done.

SV: What are some of your favourite hidden spots in Paris?
Panteros666: I go to a skatepark near Bercy where I go rollerblading, I'm bringing back 2002 high school roller vibes in my life. I also have 15 favourite restaurants in Paris, it's quite a wide choice.
Canblaster: The Marble guys introduced us to this new arcade game center near Nation, called Arcade Street. I'm a huge pop ‘n' music fan, and we often set up huge Street Fighter 4 tournaments.

SV: What inspires you about Paris?
Club Cheval: This city brings up a weird emotion, made of pride and frustration. We're proud because Paris has got this strong musical identity, an undeniable musical tradition, inspired by the likes of Daft Punk and Justice. This French Touch thing put our country on the musical map. The bad thing about this is that most of the people only care about this French Touch thing, and miss a lot of techno and bassy things.

Paris is also synonymous of a lot of frustration because it's close to Berlin, London and Brussels. Those places have a really strong electronic and techno culture. Basically, people know how to throw huge parties, while Paris is more about intimate and small venues.

SV: Best food in the city?
Club Cheval: Issé, a Sake Bar in the first area. This is our very spot with the Marble and Sound Pellegrino guys.

SV: What Parisian artists are doing it for you right now?
Club Cheval: Bromance is now our home. Brodinski and Gesaffelstein took the label to a very high level of expectation in a very small amount of time. It's so cool to see the results of working with Brodinski for more than a year for all his productions. This collaboration really created a new family.

And of course, our really close friends from Marble Recordings, with a huge crush for Para One's second LP “Passion” (out June 18). He manages to break the mental frontier between the so-called underground aesthetic and the pop and RnB spectrum. This is kind of a new aspect of the new French Touch and we love this, it''s very exciting.

Sound Pellegrino were the first ones to support us in Paris and we're glad that they still manage to introduce great new artists to the audience - like Maelstrom.

And finally, they're not French but they are French-speakers, our friends from Pelican Fly, based in Brussels. This label opens a new door in the really vast world of bass music. Long live Pelican Fly.



Bromance #3 EP is out on June 11

More info on their Facebook event page.

Bromance #3 party with AraabMUZIK, Brodinski & Club Cheval on Friday 8th June, 11pm - 6am at Social Club @

142 rue Montmartre
75002 Paris

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