Release Date: Jun 25, 2013
Record label: Ais
Genre(s): Electronic, Club/Dance, Neo-Electro, Electro-Techno
The double album. It’s daunting for an artist to have enough material to fill two discs, and the history of pop and rock music has only a handful of double albums that truly work, as problematic and indulgent as even the best of them may be. The White Album. Something/Anything?. Zen Arcade ….
As Miss Kittin, Caroline Hervé has always been a generous guest—think of "Silver Screen Shower Scene" with Felix Da Housecat and "Rippin Kittin" with Golden Boy, or more recent spots on Oxia, Kris Menace and Marc Houle tracks. She brings instant charisma, dispassionate camp, and an immediately recognizable vocal grain. And that's not even mentioning her definitive work with The Hacker, which had an unbending techno edge that we tend to forget about.
It's been a few years since we heard from Caroline Hervé - aka Miss Kittin - and in that time she's obviously been busy. Her return is a sprawling double discer; the first being more vocal and tune laden, the second more instrumental and abstract. Both have their merits. Both could do with a bit of the other.
Miss Kittin may be a serial collaborator, but it's only because her sense of ambition is too large to tackle alone. When the French electro-clasher isn't releasing records with Felix da Housecat, Golden Boy or the Hacker, she's lending her voice to Chicks on Speed singles, crafting DJ mixes or covering artists like Serge Gainsbourg and Primal Scream. But Calling from the Stars, her third solo LP (and sixth overall), finds Miss Kittin creating her most ambitious and independent-minded work yet.