David Byrne's worldly Luaka Bop label will on June 4 will release two compilations presenting cross-sections of the little-explored musical genres of "blip hop" and the French Nouvelle movement.

David Byrne's worldly Luaka Bop label will on June 4 will release two compilations presenting cross-sections of the little-explored musical genres of "blip hop" and the French Nouvelle movement.

"The Only Blip Hop Record You Will Ever Need Vol. 1," compiled by Byrne and Luaka Bop president Yale Evelev, offers 13 tracks by experimental electronic artists such as Mouse On Mars, Doctor Rockit, Pole, and To Rococo Rot. The collection posits these artists as the forefront of a new musical movement, "blip hop," redefining the direction of electronic music for the new century.

The album includes an essay titled "Machines of Joy (I Have Seen the Future, and It Is Squiggly!)," which explains the "blip hop" phenomenon as mainly a creation of Northern Europeans, or at least a genre which grew out of the explorations of that region's musicians. Though not all the album's contributors bear this regionalism out (i.e., San Francisco's Safety Scissors), a great deal of them indeed hail from Germany and other European nations, as did many of their forerunners -- the earliest practitioners of electronic music, such as Karlheinz Stockhausen and Kraftwerk.

The 13-track "Cuisine Non-Stop: Introduction to the French Nouvelle Generation" is more focused on musicians from Western Europe; specifically, France. A statement from Luaka Bop explains France's Neo-Realist movement born from the seeds of the punk era which evolved into a more worldly and intellectual alternative to the mainstream.

Practitioners such as La Tordue, Lo'Jo, Les Tete Raides, and Mickey 3D use many of the traditional French instruments such as accordion and double bass. They draw influence from classic vocalists such as Jacques Brel and Serge Gainsbourg, while using these tools to indulge a broader spectrum of music, including gypsy music and hip-hop.

Here is the track list for "Cuisine Non-Stop: Introduction to the French Nouvelle Generation":

Lo'Jo, "Baji Larabat"
Les Tete Raides, "Un Pitit Air"
Louise Attaque, "Du Nord Au Sud"
Arthur H, "Naive Derviche"
Java, "Au Bannuet Au Chaussurs"
Ignatus, "La Politique"
La Tordue, "Rene Bouteille"
La Tordue, "Les Locos"
Du Pain, "Fem Ren"
Mickey 3D, "Goodbye Green Day"
Lo'Jo, "Brule La Meche"
Ceux Qui Marchent Debout, "Horses"
Les Pires, "Dancing With"

Here is the track list for "The Only Blip Hop Record You Will Ever Need Vol. 1":

Mouse On Mars, "Mykologics"
To Rococo Rot and I-Sound, "Pantone"
Mental Overdrive, "Gravity Sucks, Maan"
mari_, *cratch, "gnit"
Schneider TM, "Eiwei?"
Pickadelic, "Burn Mamacita"
Trineo, "Humorosso"
Skist, "Shift"
Pole, "Taxidub"
Tarwater, "To Moauf"
Doctor Rockit, "Male James Bonding"
Safety Scissors, "Two Letter U's"
Vibulator, "Pocket Monster"