146401_webThis June marks the beginning of a series of albums and EP’s recorded at the studio in the confines of the lauded Parisian Hotel Costes, inaugurating the scheduled releases is ’12 Days A Week’, a new album from the duo behind the project, Masomenos.
‘’After more than fifteen volumes of the Hôtel Costes’ infamous compilation series, selected and mixed by Stephane Pompougnac, there remained a huge demand to deliver new releases. The hotel chose instead to grow its musical presence over streaming platforms, accepting an invitation to become a curator for Apple music, where they release monthly playlists curated by the Studio HC team in collaboration with Watch Your Music.
During this time and a planned expansion of the hotel, a music production studio was introduced, hidden in the maze of the soon to be bigger Costes. STUDIO HC is run by the Masomenos team who have a long history of collaboration with the hotel in various forms and over the past two years have invited and worked with both classical and jazz musicians at, Masomenos merged into different entities to become merely a conductor, unearthing a wide array of different bands, and creating an intriguing yet warm, acoustic and electronic, downtempo/ambient sound for STUDIO HC. As a result the label is due to present seven albums and eight EPS to be released across the next two years from those involved in this endeavor.’’
Here ’12 Days A Week’ sees Masomenos, composed of Joan Costes and Adrien De Maublanc, deliver a modern tribute to the downtempo aesthetic of the revered compilation series, delivering a wide array of ethereal moods, textured atmospherics, organic drum grooves and avant garde jazz influences.
The duo have a long history of collaboration with the Hotel, having headed up a previous series focusing on a more minimal oriented sound with releases from Glacial, Seuil and themselves with their ‘Costes presents Bon Voyage’ project.
Here though ’12 Days A Week’ definitely marks a new era in the Masomenos Sound and the beginning of an exciting few years worth of music to come…

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Selected Reactions:
Molly (Rex Club): Beautiful !

Varoslav (Rue De Plaisance): nice! perfect music for my monthly show on rinse france. good vibes!

Alejandro Mosso (Hivern Discs, Meander, Third Ear): beautiful music!!! Congrats :)

Demi (Deeper Substance): full support…thank you for these and cannot wait for the rest to follow

Ryan Crosson (Visionquest): LOOOOOOVE!

Julietta (Sushitech / Harry Klein Records): Lovely!

Peter Kruder (Kruder & Dorfmeister / K7): Great sounds ! Thanks !

Reboot (Cadenza, Cocoon): Superb music! love it

Stillhead (Traum, Med School, Here & Now): Some wonderful sound design in here!

Michael Serafini (WNUR, Gramophone Records Chicago): Beautiful Album! Reminds me slightly of Aqua Bassino or Saint Germain. Great work

 

Masomenos feat. Ark & Pit Spector – Les acolytes anonymes EP (Welcome To Masomenos – WTM)

Another great french techno record from label head Masomenos, this time with ARK (Perlon) and Pit Spector (Prospector/Circus Company)!

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115983TOTEM & TABOU ​is a multidisciplinary project. It is rooted in music, architecture, graphic arts and computer programming. The album is progressive and organic, but also serves as the vessel, the engine and the messenger for the artistic discourse. This miscellany represents the culmination of more than two years of composing, designing and building, thinking, illustrating, researching and experimenting.

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The so funky duo Masomenos, is a productive partnership between Joan Costes, a graphic designer and DJ, and Adrien de Maublanc, a producer and sound engineer. They both clearly have a ball with ‘Welcome to Masomenos’ an audio-visual system they use to produce their spontaneous, lighthearted, psychedelic, no limits universe. It is a place where their ‘Friends’, a mischievous and multicolored bunch of animals that appeal to children have chosen to set up home with lots of other crazy characters in their outrageous, souk-style, flashy fuchsia colored shop that is simply unmissable, located at Masomenos, 34 rue du Mont-Thabor, Paris 1. During hugely funny and inevitably brightly colored initiatives, the planet of Masomenos never ceases to revolve around, you will have guessed, its own very special sun – music. Because it is music and music alone, a passion shared by these two love- birds, that is the source, the reason, the vehicle, the springboard from which everything else follows. Working like this they’ve released 4 albums, and over 30 eps and made lots of design collaboration, but that’s another part of the story…