Posts Tagged ‘French pop’

May 18, 2018

I’m still kicking myself for not walking up to Christine and the Queens to say hi after I caught her very first performance on North American soil at SXSW a few years ago. She was hanging out by the stage after dazzling us with her dance moves and irresistible persona. I could have, I SHOULD have, gone up and said hello. After all, I’d made it a priority to be there for that performance, after falling in love with the French artist’s imaginative music and forward-thinking, convention-breaking music. She’s since become a global sensation, and now, Christine and the Queens is back with long awaited, highly anticipated new music. Girlfriend, a collaboration with Dâm-Funk, is a slick and chic tribute to G-funk that also feels very 90′s R&B. With her new music, Héloïse Letissier is stepping away from her acclaimed debut album Chaleur Humaine, towards what’s described as a more upbeat, tougher, and more minimalist sound. Girlfriend questions identity and plays with the performance of gender, and how the codes of “masculinity” are disrupted if the player isn’t a man. 

“I initially set out to smash against macho culture and macho men,” says Letissier. “I became obsessed with this idea of the macho man, and still being a woman. What does it mean if I’m this figure, and I’m a woman? Does it make me an aberration? Is it joyful?“ The song, too, is overwhelmed with desire. “I felt I had to address female desire and it’s diversity,” she says. “How sometimes it’s blacked out or ignored. It’s still something quite suspicious or slightly dirty. I felt like it was important to be more unapologetic about that. There are hints of nights spent having sex and coming back covered in sweat. Like a male figure, the young hero who has love stories, and comes back in the morning and his friends are like: ‘What happened to you?’ I want to be that.” Listen to the French version of Girlfriend below, entitled Damn, dis-moi. An extensive world tour begins this fall, details can be found, here. Girlfriend is available, here.

January 27, 2018

One of our long time faves from France, Soko, who’s both an respected musician and actress, has released a new cover today. She’s probably been hard at work with her acting career, so we haven’t heard from her in awhile, but we’re elated that she’s turned in a captivating performance on her cover of Diabolo Menthe, originally by iconic French singer songwriter Yves Simon. As always, Soko is also incredibly charismatic in the video for the track, but if you ever get to see her live, prepare to be inextricably drawn to her incredibly down to earth demeanor, as well as her warmhearted banter. Soko’s smoky bewitching cover of Diabolo Menthe will feature on a forthcoming compilation album named ‘Génération(s) éperdue(s)’, which is a tribute album to the now 70-something idol. Various other Yves Simon covers including ones by Christine and the Queens, Woodkid, 

Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains, Lilly Wood & The Prick, Lescop, Moodoid, and a unique featuring by actor Louis Garrel will be included. Follow Soko on her website, here

December 12, 2017

I’m pretty sure I’ve found a new French pop obsession now that I’ve stumbled upon the quirky, noire-tinged folk pop of Baptism, which comes from Halo Maud, a Parisian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who just signed to Heavenly Recordings. It’s a strange but addictive world that she welcomes us into in the video for the mysterious and hypnotic, heady and bewitching tune, whose clattering percussion and simmering groove remind me of fellow French artist JAIN, but with an experimental folk meets art pop vibe. As its title might suggest, there’s a dark mythical quality to Baptism, which is lifted from Halo Maud’s Du Pouvoir EP, out now and available from iTunes, here. Watch the music video for the title track below, whose slick dreamy groove and classic French pop aura is a far cry from Baptism, proving Halo Maud’s much alluring versatility. 

October 24, 2017

Let’s close out this long and arduous Monday with a truly invigorating jam. Elusive new producer Marinsky alights on our radar out of France with a fresh and funky banger, appropriately titled Rapture. A whirlwind torrent of glamorous disco, spicy electro-funk, visceral deep house, and trendy breakbeats greets our ears as we don our sequined dancing shoes to twirl the rest of the night away to this groovalicious flight of fancy. If ZHU, C2C, Daft Punk, and Junior Senior all jammed out together, it’d probably be rapturous like Rapture. You can snag this foxy banger, such a deliciously flute fluttering, brassy trumpeting, and bass pumping affair, here.

September 28, 2017

I usually prefer full time friends whom I can count on and rely on at the most random of moments, but these Part-Time Friends sure have won my heart over with their infectious indie pop, and I’d be happy to have them around, even if those moments are rare. The duo hails from France, and they have singles out in both French and English. This is the video for the English version of their plucky jaunting, dulcet blithe gem Streets and Stories. Both video and song are as disarming and endearing as can be. You won’t be able to resist whistling and singing along. Streets and Stories is available from major retailers, here. For more of their adorable indie pop, watch the videos for Here We Are, here, and All The Roads, here. They kind of remind me of Savoir Adore fused with Freedom Fry, and I think I’m addicted.

September 23, 2017

Some of you might be familiar with Mai Lan solely through her collaborative work with M83 on his last album, Junk, but this imaginative French-Vietnamese artist has been releasing daring and edgy music of her own for quite some time. Her last EP, Vampire, came out earlier this year, and now she’s shared a trippy yet austere new music video for its opening track. Pas d’amour is a spectral work of art. Its minimalist aesthetics add to its taut intensity, and though I can’t understand the French lyrics of the song, I can’t help but enjoy the delicious sugar laced dread and Mai Lan’s crisp vocals found on the bass wobbling track. Mai Lan plans on releasing her next full length, Autopilote, on November 3rd. We’re thrilled to hear the new material. You can find her Vampire EP, here.

September 22, 2017

Beloved French pop band Yelle is about to embark on their new North American Club Party tour that will bring them to San Francisco late next month for three consecutive nights at the Rickshaw Stop joined by varying guests each night. It’s sure to be a sweaty dance affair as the duo drops their crisp modern dance pop and lively electro pop on us with much flamboyant energy. Rumors are afloat of a new album next year, but before that happens, Yelle is here with a new one off named Romeo via a music video replete with nostalgic vintage clips. A hint of Euro trance and plenty of Italo wave sleekness saturates Romeo. Let’s say we’re the Juliet to Yelle’s Romeo. Ticket info regarding Yelle’s Club Party tour can be found, here.

June 16, 2017

One experience catching Jain at SXSW in March catapulted the singer songwriter to the upper echelons of my favorite artists from France list. That’s how amazing Jeanne Galice was that fateful afternoon, when she took full command of the crowd with her charisma and gutsy, spunky form of pop. She also had an incredible rapport with the audience with her brilliant engagement. Though fierce bopping, appropriately titled Dynabeat isn’t exactly a brand new track, Jain is rolling this heavy slab of synthpop anew ahead of her return to the UK next week, and we’re more than happy to partake in the spicy grooving jam with you. Dynabeat can be found on on Jain’s deluxe release of her album Zanaka, out on iTunes, here. Those in the UK can catch her at Glastonbury, British Summer Time, and Secret Garden Party this summer. She’ll also be playing Village Underground on June 20th. I highly recommend you make it out if you can. 

May 20, 2017

We’re overdue for a French pop moment and Ladylike Lily is about to give us an enchanting one of those with her recent single Vorace. The word translates to “voracious” from French, which seems fitting, since Vorace leaves me voracious for more music from this wonderful new discovery, who’s been an esteemed artist back at home for quite some time. The Rennes based solo project was created by singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Orianne Marsilli. Her wispy ethereal guitar pop on Vorace tends to evoke Lykke Li’s dark folk pop. You can listen to some of Ladylike Lily’s older songs via Soundcloud, here.

May 19, 2017

I’m still stuck on vivacious J-Boy, the first single that Phoenix revealed off of their next album coming out on June 9th. We learned previously that the French band has prepared for us an album inspired by summer and Italian disco, and we’re more than ready for that sweet effusion of shimmery italowave and throwback disco pop. Today, they give us its title track, Ti Amo, revealed via a lyric video that resembles how old fashioned karaoke once looked. It’s a shimmy shaking affair that fits right into the theme of their new full length. Pre-order Ti Amo the album, here.