LUCKY 7 is the feature where we ask artists to name their 6 favourite songs by others, and a lucky 7th song of their own…

Today, it’s long-time Stereolab keyboardist Morgan Lhote (tour of duty ’95 to ’01) with her new solo project a.k.a. Hologram Teen.

Photo by Shanna Fisher

If you like kaleidoscopic kosmiche disko then you’re in the right place. She played on Stereolab’s high watermark “Emperor Tomato Ketchup” and went onto play in a group called Garden with members of Simian Mobile Disco.

Morgan’s gone from living in Paris to NYC now LA but really she’s not of this planet (in the best possible sense). She’s got a debut EP on a delightfully named label Happy Robots Records and it’s called “Marsangst / Hex These Rules”. It sounds happy but it’s definitely way out there. If you like to Jean-Jacques (Perrey) your body, it’s well worth checking out.

As a massive Stereolab fan it’s better oscillate than never (sorry) to get Morgan on these here pages to choose some otherwordly tuneage…so buckle up here we go:

“Hi there Velvet Sheep 😀 Here is my lucky 7 tracks! No particular agenda or themes here, just some cool tracks I always enjoy listening to

1. Boards of Canada – Roygbiv
This track was released 20 years ago but still manages to sound relevant and modern sounding. As close to perfection as electronic pop can get…

2. Maria Bethânia – Jesus Cristo
A nice, heavy slice of fuzzy religious tropicalia on Bethânia’s 1971 LP “A Tua Presença”. This is super groovy and inspiring (Funny I know, coming from a total atheist…)

3. Bernard Estardy – Ala Mia Thra
Less famous than his contemporaries Jean-Jacques Perrey or Roger Roger, Bernard Estardy was one of the most prolific sound engineers in the French music scene over decades and also instrumental in launching cult library music labels. This track is my favorite from his bizzaro concept album, “La Formule du Baron”, which mixes avant-garde electronics, pop-jazz, prog, and an easy listening soundtrack feel…

4. Laura Groves – Dream
Laura Groves is one third of the London trio Nautic and this solo offering taken from her EP “Committed Language” is pure dreamy (pun intended) electronic folk with light sprinklings of Kate Bush-like vocals.

5. Xander Harris – The Eye in the Triangle
No, Xander Harris from Buffy the Vampire Slayer hasn’t given up his day job and started to make dark synth music… This is a real dude called Justin Sweatt (signed to the band Mogwai’s ace record label Rock Action Records,) and I suspect we have many of the same influences.

6. Saâda Bonaire – Heart over Head
Cold and detached, yet fun, new wave hijinks from two German ladies clad in Bedouin wear in 1984 Cologne. Very similar to Martha and the Muffins in the use of saxophone and vocal phrasings.

Lucky 7th
Hologram Teen – Hex These Rules
It feels kinda weird picking one of your tracks but this is my favorite song of mine so far for the catchiness of it. I’m also very proud of having designed all the drum, keyboard, bass, and siren sounds with FM Synthesis.


Listen to Hologram Teen here

Get the EP here.