The Rewind No 42: Philippe Chany – Rive Gauche

Philippe Chany - Rive Gauche

Philippe Chany is a French songwriter, film music composer and producer from the town of Gap in the southeastern region of the Hautes-Alpes. He formed Love International with Philippe Krootchey and Fred Versailles in 1981 and released the #1 boogie disco hit single “ Dance On The Groove And Do The Funk”. The B-side of this single featured a cover of Dave Brubeck’s “Unsquare Dance” released as a single in late 1981 credited solely to Chany.

In 1983 Philippe went into Studio O.M. to record songs for his solo project. The album titled “Rive Gauche” was released in 1983 by Polydor Records. Philippe was inspired by experimental film composers Michel Magne, Ennio Morricone, Lalo Schifrin. Songs are a fusion of Chanson synth pop, experimental Italo funk, majestic balearic disco and arabesque instrumentals. He enjoyed making blends, combining rhythms with scratches, utilizing a Roland TR-808, Jupiter 8 and various Akai samplers. All the songs are recited in French and English and revolve around themes of love and mysticism plus a passage read from Antonin Artaud’s 1925 poem “L’ombilic des Limbes”.

All songs have been remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. Housed in an exact replica of the original jacket, which features a photo of Philippe by Jean-Baptiste Mondino on the front and a painting of him by Nadia Back on the back. Each copy includes a 11×11 insert with lyrics and archive photo. “Fiction talks right to your brain, Never the same…Be different!” (Philippe Chany, 1983)

 

Tracklist:

Side A
Aimez-moi
Fiction
Cinecitta
Cairo Connection

Side B
La mystique du mâle
Castor
Unsquare Dance
Lettre à Monsieur le Législateur (De la loi sur les stupéfiants)

 

Philippe Chany’s “Rive Gauche” is out on 22nd July (pre-order)

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