First Listen: Hologram Teen – Marsangst/Hex These Rules
- Marsangst Hologram Teen 6:03
- Hex These Rules Hologram Teen 5:43
Hologram Teen (A.K.A. Morgane Lhote of Stereolab) have taken the EDM/Electronica/Pop sound spectrum to new levels with the new double single “Marsangst/Hex These Rules”. Not just simply a string of beats, Hologram Teen give the gear the lifeblood to come out with an evocative, yet provocative mix of rhythm, beats, and melody that will not only make you hit the club later tonight, but give you a reason to.
About Hologram Teen
The Hologram Teen sound, although embracing electronica and pop, does so in a way that is more evocative of a prog rock disco horror soundtrack than the soulless EDM that fills the pop charts. “It’s like Fabio Frizzi meets Grandmaster Flash,” says Morgane. Her debut sold-out single ‘Post-Apocalypteacakes’ was released on London’s Deep Distance and mixed creepy vintage library effects with bouncy dancehall synths and disco beats. Following its release, Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker came to be among her many newfound fans.
The single for Happy Robots Records ‘Marsangst / Hex These Rules’ pushes Morgane’s electronic horror movie sound in a new direction, almost inventing a whole genre – ‘techno-Krautrock’. Sounding like the best of seminal French house pioneer Étienne de Crécy condensed down to five minutes and remixed by Stripe from Gremlins.
“With Marsangst, I wanted to write a minimal techno track that still retained groovy, more dance-like elements, with a splash of Krautrock and a futuristic vibe,” explains Morgane. “Kyaputen Fyucha is also on the cover, rescuing stranded space explorers one at a time with his magic pink disco vinyl, while Disco Démon gets serenaded by four-eyed cats. Never a dull day in the Hologram Teen galaxy!”
Her influences and tastes are super eclectic, citing Yellow Magic Orchestra, Chagrin d’Amour, NehruvianDoom, Maria Bethânia, The Salsoul Orchestra, Acid Washed, Jean Claude Vannier, Chicago, Del The Funky Homosapien, Silver Apples, Steely Dan, Don Armando’s Second Avenue Rhumba Band, Nancy Leticia, Riz Ortolani, and Siouxsie & The Banshees.
Written by Morgane Lhote and co-produced with Jonathan R. Freihofer, both tracks were mixed by Jonathan R. Freihofer and mastered by Adam Gonsalves at Telegraph Mastering.The single’s glorious sci-fi artwork is by Alex Smith.
This single is limited to 300 copies and distributed worldwide by Cargo Records. It is also available direct from the label at www.happyrobots.co.uk
“Fun from start to finish” – Pure M Magazine
“Playful and addictive disorientation; spinning you around and planting hooks in your mind’s ear” – Delusions of Adequacy
“Best known for an extended period in Stereolab, Morgane delivers a very on point mix of soundtrack and groove… These two tracks show pedigree and are superior examples… Excellent, excellent stuff” – Is This Music
“Subterranean dance party sounds rise to a surface that seeks electronic rhythm objectives like low flying remote controlled synth missiles” – Impose Magazine