Exclusive mix 74: 100% French synths with TG Gondard

Brussels-based French producer TG Gondard (of Colombey and Pizza Noise Mafia fame) specialises in the kind of lo-fi and R’n’B pop songs that’d leave any new romantic yearning for more. In this exclusive mix, he digs deep into his roots, with a 100% French and internet-only tracklist of songs that, as he puts it, “you’ve probably never heard before.”

Can you describe yourself in a few words?

My name is Thibault and I am better known as TG Gondard. I play electronic pop songs, inspired by autotuned R’n’B and lo-fi romanticism.
It’s been seven years since I started this project, with the release of the “Avontuur” tape on Not Not Fun Records.

It’s fresh, romantic, funny or sad, and it’s a treat to discover all of these homemade sounds every day.

How did you first start making music? How does it fit into your life?

I started to record “real” sounds with a tape recorder when I was a teenager. Then I bought a bass guitar and started to play in a hardcore band named “Serk Service”. We used to rehearse in a village called Saint-Cyr-Sur-Morin in France. It was wild and fast, and it changed my life forever. My family background is very conservative, as I come from a long dynasty of local farmers, and at the time I never thought I would ever hope to spend most of my time recording or playing music. Nowadays I quietly live in Brussels, and music is more or less my full-time occupation, along with video-making and beer drinking.

Can you describe the mix in a few words?

I decided to fill my mix with the kind of stuff you probably haven’t heard before. All of these tracks come from the internet, sometimes from people I hardly know, but whom I nonetheless follow through social networks. All of them come from France, and together they define a new and exciting French – mostly electronic focused – lo-fi scene. It’s fresh, romantic, funny or sad, and it’s a treat to discover all of these homemade sounds every day. I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I do.

Regis Turner’s upcoming EP is going to be without any doubt the most valuable release in 2016. And I truly mean it. I mean WORLDWIDE.

Can you tell us about the exclusive track on the mix?

The first track is an exclusive track by one of the greatest guys from this scene – Regis Turner – with the track “Je ne t’oublierai jamais”, an outtake from his amazing upcoming LP. It’s going to be without any doubt the most valuable release in 2016. And I truly mean it. I mean WORLDWIDE.

When and where did you record it?

I created this mix in my room and studio in Anderlecht, located in the delightful neighbourhood of Klein Eiland (12 inhabitants so far). I live in an industrial estate, surrounded by wastelands. The streets are full of trash and everything and everyone you come across in the area is more or less broken.

What’s your favourite track on the mix?

Probably the one by Regis Turner. I also love the Anne Laplantine one, and the short track by Deborah.

What are your top 3 albums of the year so far and why?

1 – Joachim Badenhorst – untitled tape on Santé Loisirs

I never heard of this musician before listening to this tape. He’s probably Belgian or something. He plays clarinet, and on this tape you can also hear some wild birds. I could play this tape forever, it’s a neverending treat, it’s all about pleasure, life, countryside, city and so on.

2 – Anne Laplantine “élucidé” (self-released online)

Anne Laplantine is a French musician active since the 90’s, and I consider her one of the greatest around. Her sound and compositions are unique, immediately recognisable. For many years now, she’s been working in the shadows and spreads her music on very rare occasions, therefore this online release that appeared on her Soundcloud account a few months ago was a true treat for me. The track “la 2” – included in my mix – is taken out from this digital EP.

3 – AG Cook “superstar” (PC MUSIC)

A big hit by this well-known UK producer, his best ever without a doubt. A perfect mix of contemporary industrial pop music and cheap, lo-fi, standardised poetry. An ill, saturated, accurate and immoral version of the tracks included in my mix.

What do you have coming up in the next few weeks?

I have a few shows lined up here and there with my side project Colombey. Then in late september I’ll be touring ex-Yugoslavia with my techno/dancefloor band called Pizza Noise Mafia. Later on, in October and November, I will tour as TG Gondard, and will perform for the first time the sweet and romantic songs from my latest album “Mon Albertine”.