Lady Gaga – Venus (2013)

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“Venus,” cowritten by Gaga and core Artpop collaborators Paul Blair (DJ White Shadow), Nick Monson, Dino Zisis, and Hugo Leclercq — a.k.a. the 19-year-old French EDM producer Madeon — contains an officially licensed sample of “Rocket Number 9,” recorded by the French synth-rockers Zombie Zombie. For fans of France’s dance-music underground, that’s pretty unexpected. Zombie Zombie, the duo of Etienne Jaumet and Cosmic Neman, are known for a darkly seductive sound that draws from Krautrock, French cosmic rockers like Heldon, and the horror soundtracks of John Carpenter. (In 2010, they even released a mini-album of John Carpenter covers.) Nationality aside, in terms of sound and visibility, the duo — signed to the Parisian independent label Versatile, home to left-field house artists like I:Cube and Chateau Flight — is worlds away from the buzzing-in-every-way Madeon, a rave-pop prodigy whose peppy, sidechain-heavy sound is halfway between Deadmau5 and Daft Punk (who actually turned up on Versatile way back in 1996, remixing I:Cube’s “Disco Cubizm”). [Source]


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