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Ch-Ch-Chen's Girls & Gold

August 30, 2012

Check out this sweltering summer mixtape and interview with the Parisian DJ doing it big for the girls

  • Text by Terence Teh

Last night, it all went down in Paris with a raging hip hop party that saw Louise Chen aka Ch-Ch-Chen, throw down alongside Busy P, A-Trak, Brodinski and DJ James from French rap legends NTM. The man Karl Hab was there with the photos. We spoke to Louise who is also one third of the Girls Girls Girls collective, about her parties, her love of hip hop and Parisian inspirations. We also have her slamming summer mixtape, “Girls & Gold” that bumps from Sampha and Snoop to The-Dream, Para One, Flying Lotus and Frank Ocean. Full tracklisting below. All photos by Karl Hab.

Satellite Voices: How was the night?
Louise Chen: Last night was W.I.L.D! The club was packed, people were dancing everywhere and sweating. It was a little bit like Christina Aguilera's video for “Dirrrty” (minus the weird open pants). DJ James from NTM played some classic hits and old school French rap songs by 113 like “Princes de la Ville”, Busy P had prepared a Neptunes infused vinyl-only set, A-Trak made people go crazy with his mad turntablist skills and deep knowledge of hip hop and Brodinski closed the night with heavy rap hits. It was really mind-blowing to see how many people came out for a hip hop club night. I wish all nights were like yesterday!

SV: Can you tell us about NTM and the Parisian music heritage that they represent?
Louise Chen: DJ James is one of the best and most humble DJs in French hip hop! From the early and mid-90s, I'd say NTM are easily one of the most influential French rap groups still around. Back then NTM and IAM were probably the most exportable groups. What I mean by that is that like MC Solaar, those two groups managed to speak to people beyond the French-speaking. Although, I think that locally for the French rap community there were other notable crews like Mafia K1fry. It's undeniable that NTM has helped define the genre and is, to this day, the only crew to be able to sell out a stadium show. With hindsight, it's also interesting to see that NTM really helped document hip-hop culture as opposed to just the music, they were break-dancers and graffiti artists as well as DJs and MCs and that full perspective has not often been represented in French hip-hop.

SV: Can you tell us about the Girls & Gold mix. What has been your sound of the summer?
Louise Chen: “Girls & Gold” is a mix that's a bit of an ode to my Girls Girls Girls. Girls Girls Girls is a party that my girlfriends Betty and Laure and I organise at Social Club, roughly every two months. The idea is to use the party in order to promote female talent. Girl DJs, girl photographers, girl graphic designers, girl filmmakers, girl dancers and choreographers etc. More than a party, Girls Girls Girls is an international collective. We help each other out, travel together, exchange ideas, dance, eat, laugh...

After having spent a month chilling with my GGGs in London, Berlin and Paris, I decided to compile some of the songs that were dear to us and represented our crew. Tadaaaaaah, “Girls & Gold” was born and it was indeed, filled with hip-hop. Hip-hop is definitely back, it's been the sound of the past two summers and will probably be the sound of the next one! For me, Summer 2012 is Frank Ocean's “Channel Orange”, Rick Ross's “God Forgives, I Don't” and Jeremih's “Late Nights” mixtape. They are my highlights and I play them on REPEAT.

SV: Which artists in Paris are inspiring you right now?
Louise Chen: That's a trick question, there are too many! I'm really into what the Bromance guys are doing: Brodinski, Gesaffelstein and Club Cheval are bringing something really refreshing to the game. Sound Pellegrino and Marble are labels that are run by people who's tastes I have endless admiration for. I hear Soufien 3000 and Boston Bun are on the rise. In a completely different genre, I'm a sucker for all music written by Tahiti Boy whether it's for the “WRONG” soundtrack or with his band Tahiti Boy and The Palmtree Family. Oh, and I can't wait to hear Breakbot's album and LOGO's new music!

1. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson & Carlos Nino - 'Fall in Love'

2. Sampha - 'Indecision'

3. Mariah Carey - 'Candy Bling'

4. Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell Williams - 'Let's Get Blown'

5. Wale feat. Miguel - 'Lotus Flower Bomb'

6. James Blake - 'CMYK'

7. Bobby V - 'Cum Baby'

8. The-Dream feat. Pusha-T - 'Dope Bitch'

9. Rick Ross feat. Jay-Z & Dr.Dre - '3 Kings'

10. Redinho - 'Stay Together'

11. Para One feat. Teki Latex - 'Lean On Me'

12. Storm Queen - 'It Goes On'

13. Hardrive - 'Deep Inside'

14. Girl Unit - 'Ensemble' (Club Mix)

15. Janet Jackson - 'What Have You Done For Me Lately'

14. Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam - 'Let The Beat Hit 'Em'

15. Jay-Z - 'Can't Get With That'

16. Big L - 'Put It On'

17. H.W.A. - 'To Live Or Die'

18. Jeremih - 'Go To The Mo'

19. Lykke Li - Follow You (Tyler the Creator Mix)

20. Flying Lotus feat. Earl Sweatshirt & Captain Murphy - 'Between Friends'

21. Frank Ocean - 'Sweet Life'

22. Rick Ross feat. Elijah Blake - 'Presidential'

23. Little Ann - 'Deep Shadows'

24. Jay Electronica - 'Dear Moleskine'

25. Bibio - 'All The Flowers'

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