What is special about Franck’s releases is that they are always a little different and this release moves even further afield from psychill of earlier releases. The title and artwork create a feeling of soft ambience. The music, on the other hand, is also reflecting this. It is balanced with a bouncier feel and a bit darker edges. - See more at: http://www.psybient.org/love/release/kick-bong-waking-dream-cosmicleaf-psychill/#sthash.Q7jBGTSx.eKtXY5aI.dpuf
The Secret Garden is Franck Jousselin’s 6th album and it is a genuine pleasure to review it. As once again he creates outstanding melodic compositions with pinpoint accurate arrangements that draw you in immersing you completely within the sound.
The production on The Secret Garden is in a class of it's own with the attention to detail clearly evident in the intricate layering and placing of the various instruments and effects. Yet, each tune flows easily and effortlessly to create soundscapes that travel deep inside and envelop you completely.
The album opens with the sparse echoing heartbeat of 'Just Let Go' which with it's gentle hang drum melody, New Order esque chorus plucked guitar and female vocal sample acts as the guide to enter into The Secret Garden. The New Order like guitar is used subtly and to great effect on several tunes and most notably on 'Live In On Dream' & Guardian Angel' which links them all together as a cohesive whole. On 'Guardian Angel' there is a deep dub like feel to it with a more pronounced bass line that, combined with the eerie synth’s creates a feeling of shifting unease and drama.
Each sample is used effectively on each tune and adds extra dimension and meaning. There is also the best use of a Mad Men one I have ever heard. In fact I don't think I have ever heard Mad Men being sampled before. The first half of the album has a brooding intensity to it but this is counter balanced as the album progresses. I am not going to give too much away because the natural transition is sublime and delightful when it hits . .. Pure elevation! The way this whole album is constructed reminds me of those proficient dj's who know how to take a crowd on a journey without them fully realising how they arrived at the end destination but just really glad they were brought there.
There is so much more that I could say about this album but I really don't want to give all it's secrets away before you even step foot inside. I will say though that The Secret Garden is bursting with strange, beautiful vibrant colour and sound and I strongly advise you to journey right into the centre of it. Review by CKA John
Interview by Sun is Shining
We talk to Franck Jousselin a.k.a. Kick Bong about his career, recent releases, live shows and his studio set up.1)
Firstly thank you for taking the time out from your busy schedule to
complete this interview. Could you tell us a little about yourself and
how you started your musical career?
began to play drums at the age of twelve and by the time I was twenty I
was playing with the pop/rock band Romy et les Gateaux secs. We signed
with Barclay Recordings for 3 albums, played on French and Belgium TV
and Radio shows as well as performing some concerts. In 1995 I started
to take an interest in electronic music and I began to play percussions
with a DJ. Two years later I started to compose in my home studio and
signed my first track with Spirit Zone in 2001. Oh yeah! I was really
happy!Since then I have released four albums and tracks that have featured on twenty compilations with several labels.
You appeared on a number of compilations for various labels for a
number of years before your debut album “A Cup Of Tea” in 2005. This
album has recently been re-mastered for digital release. What inspired
you to re-master the album rather than just convert to digital format?
This album was released in 2005by
a French label Ultra Vista. After 5 years Nick (Side Liner) ask me to
release it on Cosmicleaf Records . So we re-mastered the tracks and
designed a new cover for a fresh feel to the album. 3)
You’ve also recently released “Kick Bong Re-Mixed”. How did this
project come about and how were the re-mixes for the album selected
listened some old tracks and one day I remixed one track and then a
second and finally I starting to remix several tracks for a new remix
album. It was a true pleasure to remix, it was like a game!I
began by asking Side Liner if I could remix one of his tracks and then
Swordxl a Spanish producer from Another Chance records and so on. Now
I’m ready for another one héhé!
Although you’re often tagged under the psy-chill genre your music also
draws on other genres. I can re-call a mix aired on Fluid Radio which
contained tracks by Depeche Mode and the Cure for instance. Howwould you categorise yourself?
is true, my music evolves like me. My sound is slightly different with a
more pop, electro feel. But always I strive to find the atmosphere.
Now, I've been in love with music since childhood with so many musical
influences some of which naturally appear in my music.
5) You have played both live sets and dj sets across clubs and festivals in Europe. Do you have any particular favourites and what appeals to you about them?
appeal to me as I like to mix and also play live. But when I play live I
prefer to play with instruments (with a band) it’s more fun. I
particularly enjoyed the Boom festival in 2006 for both the place and
the ambience. I also enjoyed playing the Glade festival in England and Arcadia in France. Club wise for me I love le Batofar and le Cabaret Sauvage in Paris, a beautiful place like a circus.
7) Do you have any favourite piece of hardware or soft-synth when creating a track?
I work with Cubase and I like my Nord lead synth and also the Moog vst.
I tend to use Trilogy for the bass and many more. But I don’t forget my
instruments the true drum and bass!
Caffeine//Science : Logical life Remix
Sinister, the first word that popped in my head while listening to
this track. But what is sinister about this track? The vocals? The drum
beats? In my opinion, this track could pass as a track in a movie like
Requiem for a Dream. Deep, winding, defiant, and sinister. Alas, we’ve
arrived, with no argument to oneself, that this track is devious. And
who does not like the black sheep? Aren’t they always cool? And,
subconsciously, righteous people envy and despise that they have the
guts to break the written rules. In another alternative universe that I
cannot seem to reach, and/or see, black sheep live a logical life.
Featured Album: Kick Bong – Kind of Imagination  by Crayon Masterpiece Gallery
Franck Jousselin is a French-born musician who produces his music under the moniker Kick Bong. Franck started his musical life as a drummer and traversed over half a dozen bands all the while releasing psybient tracks. Franck employs live drums and a laptop during his passionate and energetic performances. Nine years and two albums later Franck released Kind of Imagination, his most polished work to date.
Kind of Imagination
The album starts off very strong with two of the work’s most notable tracks: Strange Feelings and the title track Kind of Imagination. From there it varies widely, encompassing some beautiful vocal work evidenced in the tracks: My Little Girl and Je Suis La, which is comparable to the work of Enigma or Delerium. He also appears to be experimenting with traditional dance music in the 4/4 beats of No More Love, Le Bonheur and Sensation. Regardless of experimenting in new directions the album stays true to the psychedelically charged and drum-driven sound that Franck’s developed throughout his career.
Franck’s new turn toward vocals seems to fit very well into the established psybient framework that he’s created and it can only be expected that it will continue to be a driving force in his future productions.
Kind of imagination, review by Chillout scene Kick Bong- Kind of Imagination
January 23rd, 2011 | Author: Chillout Scene
friend “Kick Bong” recently released a new album last September
entitled “Kind of Imagination” on Cosmicleaf Records. Kick Bong is the
project of DJ/Producer Franck Jousselin from Paris.
for me on this release was the dreamy title track. The spacey, quite
eerie synth sounds along with the futuristic guitar part created a
musical dreamworld which would allow your imagination to run wild.
Perfect for relaxing and letting your mind wander! The closing track
“Something Better- Cydelix remix” is a producer’s paradise with a
multitude of sounds going on in the background surrounding a
reggae-flavored rhythm and chilled-out beat that was present on many of
A musical highlight throughout the album are the
wonderful guitar sounds. I heard quite a resemblance to Robert Smith’s
guitar sound on many tracks. I heard it on “Just You and Me” but
there was a distortion added to the guitar or synth parts which
reminded me of this Moby track from the film “Heat.” I really love
the eerie sound it produces!
On his bio I saw no mention of him
playing guitar so Jousselin must put the guitar sounds on his synth
and play it on the keys that way. He mentions The Cure as one of his
main influences, so the guitar sound is obviously an homage to Robert
Smith’s great band. Anyway, the guitar sounds are very well done
regardless of how the sound was produced. There are even some horn
parts thrown in in various parts of the album which are also well
placed and you can hardly tell they were produced with synth.
album is not completely ambient/downtempo. There are a few dance
numbers on “Kind of Imagination” as well. I really enjoyed “No More
Love.” It still maintains the dreamy feel of the rest of the album,
but the beat is taken up a notch in this one and has a harder hitting
bass line. “Le Bonheur” is another example of one where Jousselin
puts many different sounds together into a cohesive package. It also
was the most peppy track on the album making for a trance track which
reminded me a bit of Paul Oakenfold’s work.
The bottom line here
is that Kick Bong delivers a great album here and he is capable of
producing many different pleasurable dance sounds. “Kind of
Imagination” is perfect to relax with on a cold winter night, like I
just did. You can check out more of his work on his MySpace and
Facebook pages as well as see him live in the Paris club scene (he’s
actually hitting up Lisbon on March 5th). I highly recommend his work!