Platform 23 returns with the reissue of songs from Canadian project, Vini Vidi Vici. With just one privately pressed mini-album in 1989 that bridged the gap between the later years of New Wave and the early vestiges of House, the music included in this edited EP highlights a thriving Montreal scene in its heyday.
Vini Vidi Vici was created out of two different music backgrounds. Paul Klopstock was a classical pianist, while Mario Langlois was a DJ, self-taught musician and radio producer, who came together when both worked at the underground arts / club Le Lézard. Starting in 1986 the space mixed painting, drag shows and bands alongside the latest alternative sounds, from Rap to New Beat, Electro to Acid Jazz.
As House and Techno started to filter through, Mario (aka Avé Mario) and the other resident DJs laid the ground of what was to come. From this Paul and Mario collaborated from late 1987 through in to 1988 and created the mini-album, however this EP concentrates on the duo’s self penned work.
Recorded at Oliver Sudden Production studio, the A side is made up the raw House of ‘Club Stuff” and Native American meets avant percussion of ‘Vini Vidi Vici’. Showing a confidence and experimentation beyond their years, the two tracks production and all round hypnotic danceability, highlight why original copies are so prized (and expensive).
The B side follows with two tracks recorded in Mario’s home closet studio. Lo-fi to the max and improvised, the no wave / world beat experience of title cut, ‘Ou Sommes Nous?’ and the proto-electro-wave of ‘AA HHH’ are like something again, a mesmerising fusion and quite unique.
Self pressed, the project ventured to live performance and (sadly unreleased) remix work, before the partners went their separate ways, however this archival document can be seen as their own special conquest.
Included is a special remix by Berlin's Sneaker DJ and he take on Club Stuff. When digging through the tapes a later, tougher demo of the track was unearthed and who better than to send to Sneaker for examination.