The last time I was a regular commuter, (other than getting to work on foot), I had a car and battled down New North Road in Auckland every morning. That was five years ago, so being in Paris and catching the train every day (either métro or RER, depending on strikes and my mood) is a novelty.
One of the few advantages of commuting is it gives you time to listen to music, if you’re inclined to take your mp3 player with you. This is pretty much what everyone does in Paris, unless they’re reading Frédéric Mitterand’s La Mauvaise Vie or a copy of 20 Minutes while the graffiti whizzes past outside.
Somehow I’ve ended up with a bunch of new electro-dancey type stuff on my iPhone playlist, and so my trips through the bowels of the City of Light have been accompanied by whiteboy disco. Apparently it’s what the kids are into these days. Allegedly.
Download Ali Love - Diminishing Returns (Extended Mix)
Ali Love sang on the Chemical Brother’s single Do It Again from a few years back. He’s now launching a solo career. The vinyl single of Diminishing Returns is due out in the UK on 16th November. The video is here.
Schwayze – Get U Home (Alan Wilkis Remix)
Meantime, our friend Alan Wilkis is back with a remix of Schwayze‘s Get U Home – it’s currently the most re-tweeted track on Hype Machine. Other artists asked to remix the tune include Paul Oakenfold, Italy’s The Bloody Beetroots, LMFAO, and Travis Barker, (I’ll pretend I’ve heard of all of these names, in a vain attempt to prove I’m still plugged into whatever scene I’m supposed to be plugged into). So Alan’s moving into the big league now. Just remember, you probably heard him here first.
So that geeky looking dude on the RER at Les Invalides station in the morning, trying not to dance? If it’s not Stéphane Guillon coming home from Radio France after his breakfast show slot, it’s probably me.