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Paris, France-based artist Yen Yen (aka Théo Schittulli) drops a dazzling number in the form of ‘WRUNG’, which follows up last year’s ‘ADKOL’ and ‘FLASHBACK’. Accompanied by a music video directed by Anthelme Dubois, ‘WRUNG’ is a sweeping romantic cut that features Schittulli’s lovelorn vocals over a groove-inflected, synth-laden soundscape. Swoon over the single here and keep an eye out for Yen Yen’s forthcoming EP ‘GOODBYE’ which is out on March 31st via Cracki Records.
Consider yourself introduced to French singer/songwriter LYNN and her exceptional new EP ‘Le temps des sentiments’. Comprising four stunning gems that showcase the rising artist’s luxuriously rich and smooth vocals over equally sophisticated and groove-inflected soundscapes, the EP is undoubtedly one of the best you’ll hear this year. Tuck into ‘Le temps des sentiments’ to the right and be sure to check out the striking visual for the title-track via this link.
French artist SYRA follows up her stunning debut single ‘Secret Location’ (which dropped last summer) with equally captivating number ‘Sandman’. Accompanied by a superb and hypnotising music video directed by Manuel Obadia-Wills, the sultry single sees a lush soundscape penned by Basei provide the perfect backdrop for SYRA to lay down her magical and intoxicating vocals. Float away to the dreamy atmospherics of ‘Sandman’ here and keep an eye out for SYRA’s debut EP which is set to drop later this year.
French outfit L’Impératrice get their groove on with the release of new single ‘Peur des filles’ which is lifted from their forthcoming sophomore album titled ‘TAKO TSUBO’. Serving as the follow up to 2019’s ‘Matahari’ and latest single ‘Anomalie bleu’, ‘Peur des filles’ is accompanied by a stellar (and gory) visual directed by Aube Perrie which wonderfully mirrors the track’s dreamy and funk-filled atmospherics. Swoon to the single here and keep an eye out for ‘TAKO TSUBO’ which is set to drop March 26th.
Parisian artist Crystal Murray follows up her brilliant ‘I Was Wrong’ EP (which features stand out cuts like ‘Princess’ and ‘August Knows’) with new single ‘GGGB’ (Good Girl Gone Bad) featuring Dian. Accompanied by an equally gritty music video which is part of Crystal’s ‘hotel room series’ shot in apartments and hotels in Paris and Portugal, the slick track boasts an icy trap-inspired beat to serve as the perfect soundbed for Murray and Dian to lay down their smooth tones. Dive into ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’ here and keep an eye out for more from this rising artist.
French outfit QuinzeQuinze (aka Ennio, Julia, Marvin, Robin and Tsi Min) unveil their striking and utterly intoxicating new EP titled ‘Le Jeune’. Self-described as ‘𝐂LᎥ𝓜𝒶𝐓𝔦ᑕ Ｍ𝓾s𝐢ᑕ’, the quintet’s surreal and inventive sound is ever present from opener ‘Pa’iPa’i’ to closer ‘Bolero’, boasting refreshingly vibrant soundscapes that straddle the line between organic and otherworldly. With ‘Le Jeune’, QuinzeQuinze prove why they’re one of the most inventive and original acts around. Stream the EP in its entirety here and be whisked away to the extraterrestrial world of the group.
French-Algerian artist Sabrina Bellaouel shares electrifying new single ‘The Build Up’ which is taken from her forthcoming project ‘Libra’. A masterful blend of soulful alt-R&B with electronic flourishes, ‘The Build Up’ is interspersed with snippets of speech from astrologer Fernando Prudhomme that complement Bellaouel’s exploration of the zodiac sign. Check out ‘The Build Up’ here and keep an eye out for ‘Libra’ which is out November 27th.
Consider yourself introduced to the lush atmospherics of ‘Hold Me’, the glorious new single from rising singer, songwriter and producer shiv aka Siobhan McClean. The Zimbabwe-born, Paris-based artist crafts a gorgeous sonic palette boasting stunning brass elements and a crisp beat to serve as the perfect backdrop for those endearing tones. Check out ‘Hold Me’, a song about self-discovery and be sure to look out for shiv’s forthcoming debut EP ‘Me 2 Me’ which is out next month.
Parisian singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Lou Berry shares his stunning debut full length album ‘Inner World’. Featuring previous singles ‘Is It?’, ‘Mary’s Lies’ ‘Dreamers’ and most recent offering ‘Mine’, the fourteen-track project sees contribution from the likes of LYNN, Gracy Hopkins, Eylia, Hendrix Harris and Ingo and wonderfully captures Berry’s sensational combination of jazz, hip-hop and soul. Listen to ‘Inner World’ in it’s entirety here and douse yourself in the rich, alluring soundscapes.
Paris-based producer and singer/songwriter Oklou unveils her incredible, long-awaited debut full length project ‘GALORE’. Split into three parts, the eleven-track project features ‘Fall’, the spellbinding single which Oklou performed as part of her COLORS show earlier this year. Joining the pack are glorious electronic-led cuts like ‘Unearth Me’, ‘God’s Chariot’, ‘Rosebud’, ‘Another Night’ and more. Dive into the glorious depths of ‘GALORE’ here, it’s absolutely breathtaking from start to finish!
French act The Hop link up with Jok’Air and Jazzy Bazzy on ‘La prochaine fois’, taken from their forthcoming album ‘220’ which is out this summer. An amalgamation of soul, hip-hop, R&B soundtracked by a trap-inspired beat, the track sees the two artists work their magic effortlessly combining smooth vocals and raw, gritty verses. Vibe to the track here and be sure to keep an eye out for The Hop’s new album ‘220’ which features previous released single ‘Berline noire’ which enlists Jazzy Bazz and Krisy.
Paris based artist Clea Vincent shares spellbinding and utterly vibrant new project ‘Tropi-Cléa 2’ which is packed with groove. From the sublime opener ‘Tropique ouverture’ to closing single ‘Bahia’, Vincent transports you to a tropical paradise of lush, evocative sounds that are topped off by her sweet and smooth vocals. Dive into the lush soundscapes of ‘Tropi-Cléa 2’ here – it’s an absolute blast!
Paris based singer, songwriter, producer and director Woodkid (aka Yoann Lemoine) returns with cinematic and atmospheric new single ‘Goliath’, the lead cut from his forthcoming second album. The single serves as the first taste of music from Woodkid who exploded onto the scene back in 2011 with his exceptional ‘Iron’ EP which was succeeded by his debut full length ‘The Golden Age’ in 2013. With ‘Goliath’, Woodkid lays down his buttery rich vocals across a clattery, electronic-led beat. Check out the single and the self-directed, industrialised visual here.
French producer, singer and multi-instrumentalist Vincent Fenton aka Fkj teams up with Queens’ Bas on the fiery ‘Risk’ which is lifted from the former’s latest EP ‘Ylang Ylang’. Released last year, the stunning single, which sees the pair work their magic over a genre-bending beat is accompanied by a superb and artistic music video directed by Lossapardo. Enjoy the groovy song and it’s video here and be sure to give ‘Ylang Ylang’ a spin too if you haven’t already.
French singer, songwriter and producer Degree channels the likes of Bon Iver, James Blake and Chet Faker on latest single ‘Call The Inside’. Soundtracked by an expansive electronic beat, the track is given a gentle touch through a sprinkling of twinkling piano progressions and Degree’s impeccably smooth and alluring vocals. Enjoy the brilliant new single here which features on Kitsuné Musique’s ‘Kitsuné Parisien’ compliation.
French duo Première Fois (comprised of Jordane Saunal and Raphaël D’hervez) share dazzling new synthpop cut in the form of ‘Pur Sang’. A refreshing amalgamation of electronica, pop, hip-hop and soul, ‘Pur Sang’ sees the pair’s soothing tones intertwine wonderfully as glorious synths and a super sharp beat serve as the perfect backdrop. Check out the track here and be sure to keep an eye out for more from Première Fois.
Fresh off her COLORS performance of ‘People I’ve been sad’, French icon Christine and the Queens releases her sensational new EP ‘La vita nuova’. The six track project features the aforementioned single as well as a spectacular collaboration with Caroline Polachek for the EP’s title track. Accompanied by an equally captivating short film directed by Colin Solal Cardo, ‘La vita nuova’ captures the artist’s signature storytelling and pop sensibilities. This is one of the best projects you’ll hear all year, an absolute must-listen!
Paris-based singer, songwriter and producer Oklou aka Marylou Mayniel teams up with Mura Masa on the delectable ‘entertnmnt’. Opening with bubbling synths, the eerie single shines with Oklou’s intoxicating auto-tuned vocals as the production gradually intensifies with more and more layers of instrumentation thrown into the mix. Check out the dazzling single and it’s equally captivating music video directed by Alexandra Green here.
London-born, Paris-based singer, songwriter and producer ALA.NI shares a stunning visual to accompany her latest single ‘PAPA’. Taken from her forthcoming sophomore album ‘ACCA’ which is out January 24th, ‘PAPA’ is built on a soundbed of nothing but beat boxing and body and wall percussion to carry her stunning a cappella vocals along. Accompanied by a gorgeous music video directed by Tania Feghali and shot over the summer at Lake Komo, ‘PAPA’ is another brilliant offering from ALA.NI.
Parisian rapper Sika Deva shares stellar new single in the form of ‘Gling’, an emphatic and powerful cut produced by Tices. Released via Kitsuné Musique, the striking track opens in a sombre fashion before a killer beat bursts onto the scene alongside Deva’s superb delivery and confident flow. Balancing smoothness with hard-hitting lines, Sika Deva shows why he’s one of the most exciting rappers to come out of the French capital.