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Beyond Xenomania: Fred Falke
Posted at 8:16 PM, 31 May 2009 -

This is the first in a (hopefully) series of posts in which we'll take a closer look at the musicians/songwriters that have worked with Xenomania, focusing on what they do outside the team. First up is Fred Falke.

Fred Falke is a 33-year-old French musician, producer and DJ. He's been working at Xenomania, most recently appearing on the latest Pet Shop Boys album, as well as remixing the Mini Viva single "Left My Heart In Tokyo".

He began his career as a bass player around 1995, before starting producing records in the late 1990s. After meeting Alan Braxe, they decided to collaborate as a dance music producing duo. In the heydays of what is now called "French house" (which was fronted by the likes of Daft Punk and Cassius), they released several singles.

In 2006, Fred Falke went solo and dedicated himself to production work and remixes. His remixing output has been highly acclaimed. Falke has reworked songs from artists as diverse as Little Boots, The Gossip, U2, Annie, Grizzly Bear, Alesha Dixon, Ladyhawke, Lykke Li, among many others.

Fred Falke's work is influenced by funk and disco music. His reinterpretations tend to take the simple ideas from a song and transform them into a big sounding record, with a strong focus on melody. His remixes are deconstructed to a point where they still maintain the essence of the song, while at the same time bringing it closer to the dancefloor.

Have a listen to some of his work:

The Gossip - Heavy Cross (Fred Falke Remix)
Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks (Fred Falke Extended Remix)
Annie - Anthonio (Fred Falke Remix)
Mini Viva - Left My Heart In Tokyo (Fred Falke Dub Mix)
Whitest Boy Alive - Golden Cage (Fred Falke Remix)
Little Boots - New In Town (Fred Falke Remix)
U2 - Magnificent (Fred Falke Remix)
Kish Mauve - Lose Control (Fred Falke Remix)
Candice Alley - Falling (Fred Falke Extended Vocal Mix)
Pryda - Pjanoo (Fred Falke Remix)
Kris Menace feat. Fred Falke - Electricity
Fred Falke - Sanctuary
Alan Braxe and Fred Falke - Rubicon


Links:
Fred Falke on MySpace
Fred Falke discography
Buy Fred Falke music

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