Cuir Bleu
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Cuir Bleu

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"Sex Toy in the UK"

Somewhere between the danceable detachment of the neo-New Wave movement and the chilly throb of techno lies Cuir Bleu ( Led by the wonderfully named Pixie Bleu, Cuir Bleu takes Depeche Mode's S&M classic "Master and Servant" and runs with it, crafting an entire record of submissive sexiness.

If Garbage were more horny than angry, then they probably would've sounded like Cluir Bleu. In fact, Pixie does recall Shirley Manson's sultry cooing at times, especially on the title track. However, you will not find any loud post-grunge riffing here. Cuir Bleu deals in synthesized charms. Nevertheless, they are never cold. As with the best electro-pop groups of the '80s, Cuir Bleu are able to take keyboards and make them sound as lusty as possible.

"Brass Pole" is Berlin without the angst. "Baby, baby take me to a brass pole/I wanna dance and let go," Pixie pleads as synthesizers penetrate her flesh. It's hot stuff, especially Pixie's longing delivery. "Pleasure and Pain" has a darker beat, leaning almost towards the Gothic side of club music. Cuir Bleu's ability to shift mood and tempo is pretty surprising; I was actually expecting more of the same as many electronica groups burn out on ideas after a single or two.

For all the partying going on, the best track on the CD is actually its most downtempo: "I'm Your Lover (Water Mix)" is quite moving, a confession of lifelong affection that caresses the heart while making the toes tap the night away. Or would that be boots of shiny, shiny leather? - Adam Harrington, Whisperin & Hollerin, UK

"Europop Sheen"

"It's not often that I get a fetish record in the mail, especially one with a slick Europop sheen and actual songwriting... the music is better than you'd expect too. Instead of milking the same repetetive beats, Cuir Bleu have actually crafted some good pop songs, especially the title track ('Sex Toy') and 'the City', with this brilliant gender-bending exchange: Do you want a pretty boy/Or a well-hung girl?' Genius, it is." - Kyrby Raine, Shotgun Reviews

"Slip Away"

“At first listen to Cuir Bleu’s debut EP “Slip Away”, a Tranced Eurythmics/Tech Rock sensibility is apparent. On the second listen, the ears warm up and tune in to the melodic layers within each intricate track of this album. After allowing yourself to flow within Cuir Bleu’s wavelength, all the intricacies and layers of this album flood the senses in a sonic wake. It’s one of those rare albums that bestow uniqueness with each listen.

Lead singer Pixie possesses great range with soulfully rich vocals. Pixie is a perfect complement to Cuir Bleu’s talented keyboardist Kalib. From emotionally driven tech rock songs to drum and bass rhythmic, trance-influenced tracks, this EP has it all; remarkably through only 6 songs. Dynamic and atmospheric, Cuir Bleu runs the trance/tech rock gamut”. - Alex Meland,


- Sex Toy, Asylum Arts 2007 Buy this CD here
- Slip Away 2005, Asylum Arts Buy this CD here
- A Taste of Blue Leather 2004 (Demo), Asylum Arts
- Take a Picture 2002 (Demo), Numina Records
- Our Tribe 2001 (Video Soundtrack), Numina Records

Sound samples can be found at, on YouTube and on iTunes.

Radio & Online Play at:
- (live 365 broadcast)
- AwesomeVille’s “Sneak Attack” podcast
- Live “Waiting for the Blackouts”
- KSJS San Jose (DJ - The Batt)
- Internet Radio



East Bay Electronic Rock band Cuir Bleu (pronounced "queer blue") was formed in August of 2001 by Kalib DuArte and Pixie Bleu to showcase Pixie's songwriting and enticing vocals against Kalib's electronic compositions. With a fetish flair and a positive attitude, Cuir Bleu's music is in a genre all its own: a solid high-energy blend of 80's Techno-pop, 90's Electronica and EBM/Industrial that the band calls "Electronic Rock with a spanking good beat"! Fans have compared Cuir Bleu to Berlin, Goldfrapp, Erasure, Ladytron, Curve and Fischerspooner.

We are currently the house band for the SF Citadel, playing at their larger parties and events.