St. Germain…… some house in da house!

Ludovic Navarre, alias St Germain, pionero del French Touch, la nueva música electrónica Made in France, se ha convertido en una referencia indiscutible y respetada dentro del panorama musical internacional. Tanto es así que su primer disco, editado en julio del 95, ya ha adquirido categoría de clásico. Influenciado por la música negra, fiel devoto de Lightnin’ Hopkins, creció escuchando a Bob Marley, Toots, Miles Davis y Kool and the Gang.

Su música de fusión la obtiene mediante una hábil y cuidadosa mezcla de techno con jazz y blues, ambient, house & dub, fruto de una una adolescencia encerrada en el estudio de su casa tras sufrir un accidente y verse privado de su pasión por el deporte. Empezó pinchando en las fiestas de sus colegas y compuso sus primeros temas con su amigo Guy Rabiller, bajo el nombre de Sub System. Ya entonces su máxima aspiración era no sonar como los demás.

A partir de ahí, editó una serie de EP’s bajo distintos seudónimos: Deep Side, Soofle, Modus Vivendi, Nuages… dentro de un estilo más melancólico y sensual. Tras haber participado en el festival Transmusicales de Rennes y el Printemps de Bourges, encontró un grupo de jazz en Saint Germain-en-Laye y desde entonces cuenta con la presencia permanente de sus componentes: Pascal Ohsé, trompeta; Edouard Labor, saxo y flauta; Alexandre Destrez, teclado; y Edmondo Carneiro, percusión. En la actualidad, tras un paréntesis sin grabaciones, St Germain ha vuelto con un nuevo disco “Tourist” bajo el sello de jazz Blue Note. Una continuación de su obra con máquinas y músicos, sonidos en directo y sampleados, y con temas auténticamente house.

Difference Between “Te Quiero” and “Te Amo”

I’ll try to make it clear for native english speakers what “Te Quiero” and “Te Amo” means when someone who feels either or both about you are telling you this things, and they probably feel scared of you not knowing exactly what it means, and so you don’t get the wrong idea.

Let’s start by the literal translations of each phrase:

Te Quiero = I Want You
Te Amo = I Love You

In spanish saying “I want you” (literally translated as in wanting something) means that you
appreciate the person, you care about the person. If you want to tell somebody that you “Want her/him”
in a sexual way, you tell them “Te Deseo”, which is like “I desire you”.

There are certain levels of intensity in this feeling and it can apply to different types of persons:

– For a friend
– For a family member
– For your girlfriend, boyfriend
– For a pet
– For someone you don’t know but you admire, like a writer, artist, singer.

So let’s talk about intensity on this feeling, let’s put a scale from 1 to 10, where 10 is the highest expression of the “Te Quiero” (We’ll talk about “Te Amo” later)

1-3 -> You feel something dear but very simple for the other. Like when you meet a person a couple of times, you might be able to give them a hug, or a kiss in the cheek, you might even let them stay in your house if they didn’t have a place to spend the night, but very friendly…

4-7 -> For a friend, maybe a good classmate that you know, but you won’t fully trust, for a family member, maybe this is what you feel for a cousin you have fun with, but you’re ok if you don’t see them in years, you don’t miss them or anything.

8-10 -> A very dear cousin, A very trusted friend (but not the best), a good one though. As for a girlfriend, you might be starting to fall in love with the person, maybe you get bubbles/butterflies in your stomach in certain ocassions, you miss this person, you´re not sure you love them.

So you see, Te quiero can mean a lot of things, it will always depend on the context, the person, and the intensity that the person says. Someone will probably tell you “Te quiero” in different ocassions and they can mean totally different things, just try to see the context. It could be a Quick Te quiero before hanging up on the phone or saying good bye, that’s like a 4-7 te quiero. But if you’re on a more intimate moment, you can say this to that person you care about so much, without stepping in the deep waters of love, which I ‘ll talk about later.

Love – Amor

Love is Love, and of course there are many different kinds of love.
You can Love your career, meaning you enjoy it like no other activity and it’s very important in your life. Love in spanish is a feeling that makes you prioritize people, things, habits, etc. on top of everything else.

When you say “Te Amo” or you hear it from somebody who really knows its meaning, it’s a big deal (at least for me), saying “Te Amo” is very different than saying “Me estoy enamorando de ti” (“I’m falling for you”) which would be a “Te quiero” on a 9-10 level, this means that the other person is starting to melt your heart, you feel a bit vulnerable, but you are still playing your game rationally.

Te Amo on its highest intensity, is this feeling where you totally feel devoted to the other person, where no matter what you won’t find any flaws, where you can be sitting next to the most beautiful person in the world, and you don’t care, where you wouldn’t change that person for nothing or nobody else, where you would move to another country and leave it all, where you would die for the other. This is the irrational love, the ultimate drug.

Te Amo can also be less irrational, maybe this is the kind of love you feel for your mother or father, or for your couple, it can be rational if you love yourself, and specially if the other person loves you back since you’ll both watch over each other, this is the best kind of love that you can have, where you are totally free, and you can let the other person be free, you know they love you, and you love them, nothing can go wrong, you know them and they know you like the palm of the hand, total trust.

There’s probably a thin line between Te Quiero on level 10, and Te amo, on this line you’re afraid to say the words cause you might be in deep trouble if the other person doesn’t feel the same way about you. Still on a Te Quiero Level 8-10 (Starting to fall in love, or almost there) you feel totally alive, music sounds better, it reminds you of that person, little details make you think about that person, you might dream about them a lot if you haven’t seen them in a while, you feel this uncontainable happiness when you’re next to them for no reason, you can’t take your eyes off of them, you could hold them forever, and when you make love it gets better and better everytime, you certainly can stay with them in bed holding each other, and it doesn’t matter if your day wasn’t ok, cause you have the other person to lean on, they will make you forget the bad things, you will plan many things to do with them, and daydream about the future with them, but all this could fade in weeks and the magic won’t be there anymore, in this case you were probably having a false alarm of love… sad, but happens, although if you get to this point without getting bored of the person, and you don’t have any complains about the other person revolving in your head, then this is definetively falling in love, a legitimate “Te Quiero” on level 8-10. To get to a 8-10, I’ve seen that there have to be certain variables set:

-> Legitimate Phisical Attraction (To go from Te Quiero Level 1-6). You must truly like the person phisically to start a relationship that won’t have stumbles in the future. At least for me it works this way. If there’s something I don’t like phisically about the person, I always end up looking for it in somebody else, even if its just in my mind, this will affect decisions and behaviour in the future, specially if its something intimate.
-> Getting along. If there are things you don’t agree you can both negotiate and truly see the other person’s perspective
-> Intellectual Satisfaction. Being mutually/truly satisfied intelectually. (although you could be conformist with someone who is not to your level, but it helps a lot to be on the same level, or have someone smarter than you so you admire them)
-> Affection/Attention Ratio. Give and Receive the right amount of attention and affection (Enough to feel “Querido” and not overwhelmed or annoyed, being able to be free, and breath)
-> Person Appropiate for you. You don’t see anything wrong with the other person, you don’t think they have bad habits that aren’t appropiate for a relationship, or something more serious for the future. In fact you find little details in their behaviour as signs that they are the right person for you.

I might be forgetting some variables here, but I think those are a good foundation for a healthy relationship where you won’t be looking for anybody else, cause the other person is giving you what you need.

In Spanish, one way to tell somebody that you want to be friends and not a couple anymore is saying
“No te amo, pero te quiero”, this is like I don’t love you, but I “Te Quiero” on a level 4-7, enough to be very good friends, you’ll be dear to me, but I won’t ever get to a higher level than that… so you see, Te Quiero doesn’t have to be that big of a deal, it’s all in the context.

So, I hope you get lots of “Te Quieros” and “Te Amos”, each on the right moment.
Don’t wear them out, and if you’re totally sure that you love somebody, like you would probably die if the died tomorrow, don’t waste another second and tell them “Te Amo”.

Gus Gus… (this one goes in english)

GusGus is an Electronic Soul band formed in 1995. A short brake in a making of the short film “Pleasure” made it possible for the first GusGus self – titled album to be born. In 1996 gusgus got a deal with 4AD. This collaboration gives birth to 3 albums, Polydistortion, This Is Normal and finally GusGus vs T-world. During the 4AD years, GusGus starts touring massively, stirring the music world with their powerful live-show. In 2000 the group changes. 6 original members leave and the 3 remaining producers find hope in a new female singer, Earth. In 2002 gusgus make their 4th studio album ATTENTION:
ATTENTION – Album of the month, Sept. 2002 – Gay Times
ATTENTION – Versatile, Compelling and Emotional – Jockey Slut
ATTENTION – Worth Travelling a Long Long way for – The Guardian
ATTENTION – Electro Stomper – DJ
ATTENTION – This Is Electronic Soul – Buckmaster De La Cruz
On ATTENTION GusGus keep up the habit of a cover song and this time it is Jimi Tenor’s ” Call of the Wild “. GusGus collaborate with producer Garreth Jones and Daniel Agust former gusgus singer/songwriter on Desire and keep up to their ” live performing ” reputation with the Look Busy Tour. Dancing people down from Europe, N-America, South America and Asia. Always putting maximum effort to every performance, talking sound or visuals.

ATTENTON aires a new visual side with Paul Mcmenamin/Spine as Art Director. GusGus are their own masters when it comes to making music videos and live-visuals, with inspirations from friends and lovers all over the world, Aftur, Simon Scott/Process, You, Sweeney, Filmus, Noah/Spine and Arni Hassen Sveinsson, half of Director duo Gus Hassen with President Bongo. GusGus has produced 4 music videos for ATTENTION: Dance You Down, David, Call of the Wild and Desire.

GusGus is respected for their choice of remixers with Captain Comatose, Carl Craig, Aaron-Carl, 16B, Darren Emerson, Mark Bell, MAW and many more putting their love into it.

GusGus also hold an impressive rooster of remixes with Bjork, Depeche Mode, Aaron-Carl, Model 500, Roy Davis jr., Captain Comatose, Sigurros, Einar Orn and Robert Owens on top of the list!

GusGus dj’s play globally all year long their mixture of house, disco, soul and delights!


Birgir Thorarinsson aka Biggi Veira
Magnus Gudmundsson aka Buckmaster De La Cruz
Urdur Hakonardottir aka Earth
Stephan Stephensen aka President Bongo

This one is President Bongo checking stage… lol

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