on 28 April 2005
THIS is my favourite of all that has come from Miss Kittin to date. So far I've 'fairly enjoyed' what has come from our Kat but not heard anything to go shouting about in a 'best thing since sliced bread manner'. This is until I came across Radio Caroline.
To be honest, all the signs were there that this was to be a piece of class. My beloved Autechre, Blaze's classic Lovelee Dae in a remix form I'd not come across before, the always classy Salt City Orchestra Mix of Mushrooms ... a track selection that look as varied as much as it was quality. Sticking the CD on, I wasn't let down. Radio Caroline offers a slicker, less fierce yet still showing the same fearless track selection as the Musik Magazine mix This Is Electroclash. Put the word Electroclash right out of your mind, this mix doesn't stray near I Com/The Hacker/Felix Da Housecat territory at all, this is pure electronic genius. The mix floats from IDM-esque electronics to glitchy hypnotic tech house before skipping towards some funky breaks, deep house and tracks with a real punky grungy edge to them before slipping into the expected electro sections. All mixed together with Kittin's deadpan vocal skits floating over the top to keep things individual. Naturally since this is HER radio, no rules just music.
I can't really fault it, everything sits together so much nicer than the occasionally disjointed This Is Electroclash (aside from not liking the way Mushrooms is exited), the track selection has that 'timeless' quality which means it won't lose its sparkle over time as other slightly 'faddy' music does. There is nothing out there that sounds like this, maybe the Kompakt crew or the 2nd disc of Craig Richards last Tyrant mix come into the same kinda territory, but this album just goes to prove that Miss Kittin isn't just one of the leading ladies of the scene, she is properly one of the most innovative electronica dons.
I can't recommend this enough, I can only hope that those who have caught onto Kittin with her crossing into a slightly more visible territories thanks to I Com then go out and grab this and get exposed to the full spectrum of joys that can be found in electronica.
on 23 October 2003
Firstly, to those who call Kittin the queen of Electroclash, get with the programme and maybe stop reading NME. She is so far from that that it hurts me to think people associate her with that still. As radio Caroline shows, she is witty, clever and a great dj with her own style and take on the scene. Mixing, electro with techno, drawing them out and playing it makes for an interesting listen. Though it did take a few listens to warm to the idea of it, now I love it and especially more after hearing her Mental Groove set at Sonar, kinda fits into place.
She's a good old girl that deserves a hell of a lot of respect.
on 25 March 2003
Who in the world can complain about the wrath of shoddy mix compilations when this one single-handedly lays them all to waste? Sewn together by Trash fave Miss Kittin, Radio Caroline is thankfully as far from an electroclash cliché than you could wish it to be. Fusing techy sounds with punchy house, this brave showcase throws the likes of Blaze and Marshall Jefferson alongside Autechre and Panasonic with a smattering of vocals from the Kittin herself, emerging from which a stone cold future classic and this year’s first contender for compilation of the year. Nice One.
on 22 April 2003
If you like Miss Kittin - BUY THIS Brilliantly selected & mixed with excellent `Miss Kittin' interludes. This grabs you immediately and keeps you there with high quality electro. While something you could dance to this album rightly belongs with Fischerspooner in the 4am chill out zone.The songs include rarities and there isn't a `sunglasses at night' in sight. Highly recommended to anyone who likes Miss Kittin, Tiga etc - or even to anyone who thought `silver scene' an excellent track All hail the queen of electro clash.
on 1 April 2003
This mix CD, is perhaps surprisingly, given that miss kitten is synonymous with electroclash, about as far from that (badly named, but great) genre as you could get. Instead this is leftfield electro (and I must confess to not having heard any of the tracks on here before i bought it, so they are all fairly obscura), but very listenable (not danceable, tho), all the same (esp. Lovely Dae and Mushrooms). To my ears, there is not enough of miss kittin sounding bored (yet sexy) talking over the records going on (the theme for the talking on this mix seems to be travel, and what you leave behind in hotels), but as the music is so good, it does not really matter that much. If you are new to Miss Kittin, then Miss Kittin and the Hackers first album is better, but this will do until her next artist LP.