The Micronauts is the leftfield techno and acid house project of French producer and DJ Christophe Monier.
A French electronic music pioneer with more than 20 years’ experience, Monier formed the band Discotique with Patrick Vidal who produced the first EP on France’s first ever techno label, Rave Age Records. A founding member of eDEN – the legendary collective, first French fanzine dedicated to house and techno, and inspiration for Mia Hansen-Løve’s recent feature film of the same name – Monier started The Micronauts in 1995, initially alongside fellow producer George Issakidis before it became a solo project in 2000.
The Micronauts’ debut single “Get Funky Get Down” was accompanied with a Daft Punk’s remix – the first the French duo had ever made – and set the stage for an extraordinary string of releases including The Chemical Brothers’ favourite “The Jazz” and a remix of Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark’s synthpop classic “Electricity”.
In 1999, The Micronauts signed with Science, a sublabel of Virgin Records UK, home of Stacey Pullen and Photek, distributed in the US by Astralwerks. Soon after they released single “The Jag” along with a video filmed in Los Angeles by cult director Gregg Araki who later used this song in the soundtrack for his movie Splendor. “The Jag” was named by NME as one of their top 50 singles of the year, with NME also naming The Micronauts remix of Underworld’s “Bruce Lee” as the third best remix of the year.
2017 saw a 12” reissue of “Get Funky Get Down”: a pummelling, acid techno attack in the lineage of Emmanuel Top, rather than Chic, and one that still sounds utterly fresh. The reissue was in anticipation of the release of the album “Head Control Body Control” – The Micronauts’ third and the first for more than a decade since 2007’s “Damaging Consent” – and of lead single “Acid Party” earlier this summer – a 9-minute, mind-bending voyage through The Micronauts’ singular take on techno that was awarded the accolade of Mixmag’s Tune of the Month in August.
Ranging from leftfield techno and acid to house, bass, electronica and indie dance, “Head Control Body Control” is an extraordinarily rich and diverse record; one that reveals fresh nuances and sonic delights with every visit, taking cues from both sonic pioneers and current innovators. Bold, inimitable, highly personal and yet universally relevant, it is a truly stunning achievement, and one that will surely stand among the best electronic album releases of 2018.
Selected discography The Micronauts
Get Funky Get Down (12") Phono 1995
The Jazz / The Jam (12") Loaded Records 1995
The Jag (12"+CD, Maxi) Science 1999
Baby Wants To Rock (12") Science 2000
Bleep To Bleep (2xLP+CD) Science 2000
Anarchie (12") Micronautics 2004
I Wanna Be Your Toy (12") Micronautics 2004
I Wanna Be Your Toy EP (CD) Radical Silence 2004
Sweat (12") Micronautics 2005
Off The Beaten Track (12") Micronautics 2006
Damaging Consent & A Remixes Retrospectives (2xCD, Album+Comp) Citizen Records 2007
Damaging Consent EP (12") Citizen Records 2007
Damaging Consent Remixed (12") Citizen Records 2008
Hoochie Coochie w/ Bosco (File, EP) Micronautics 2012
Hoochie Coochie Remixed w/ Bosco (File, EP) Micronautics 2012
Get Funky Get Down (Daft Punk, J Dubs, Nature & Original Mixes) (12”+File) Micronautics 2017
Acid Party (w/ Red Axes, Luca Agnelli, Luigi Rocca 303Lovers Remixes) (12"+File) Micronautics 2018
Head Control Body Control (CD+File) Micronautics 2018