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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.
French artist Saint DX unveils ‘SDX’ his sensational new EP which features sparkling gems that are packed with groove and funk. Released via Cracki Records/Because Music, the nine track project opens with previously released singles ‘Prime Of Your Life’ and ‘Xphanie’ which wonderfully set the scene for the singer/songwriter’s seductive and serene sounds. Whether it’s the hushed intonations of ‘I Still Care” and ‘First Fantasy’ or the heartfelt atmospherics of ‘La Même’ and closer ‘Regrets’, ‘SDX’ captures the delicacy and beauty of modern romance.
Opening with an array of dazzling synths and a sizzling electronic beat, ‘Let’s Pretend’, the second offering from Parisian newcomer Sinqa is an absolute blast. The funk-filled track follows up the artist’s sensational debut single ‘Siren’ which dropped last month. Released via Kitsuné Musique, the infectious single’s delectable instrumentation are brought to life by Sinqa’s magnificent vocals and catchy melodies.
French electronic duo Duñe x Crayon release their first new single in three years with the groove-inflected ‘Hundred Fifty Roses’.Serving as the first single from their forthcoming debut album, ‘Hundred Fifty Roses’ encompasses another lush electronic bed boasting sensational basslines and a crisp beat as Duñe’s smoky vocals are smothered on top. Check out the track here and be sure to keep an eye out for the album which is set to drop earlier next year.
Parisian trio Oracle Sisters follow up their delectable debut single ‘Always’ with another slice of lush indie pop in the form of ‘Spotlight’. Comprised of Lewis Lazar, Christopher Willatt and Julia Johanssen, the band impress once more as the smoky guitar licks and earnest drum beat are accompanied by those warming tones. Check out the track and it’s spectacular music video which is set in a world of Parisian drag queens.
If you’re looking for a smooth pop track that’s packed with groove, look no further than ‘Nudes’, the dazzling new single from French based, Belgian born artist, singer and model Claire Laffut. Produced by Gaspard Murphy, the track features the magnificent Yseult, whose silky smooth vocals beautifully complement the golden tones of Laffut. The accompanying visual, directed by Jean-Charles Charavin wonderfully captures the track’s austere and sensual aesthetic.
French artist Flavien Berger delivers masterful soundscapes that entice and draw you in on new album ‘Contre-Temps’. Split into two parts, the 31-track project features contributions from Julia Lanoë and Bonnie Banane and takes you on a cosmic journey of scintillating synth pop concoctions that are topped off by Berger’s calming voice. ‘Contre-Temps’ is an album that intrigues and captivates you from start to finish, with each track seamlessly leading into the next.
French-Congolese duo TSHEGUE serve up a dazzling slice of Afropunk in the form of new single ‘M’Benga Bila’ which is lifted from their newly released EP titled ‘Telema’. Comprised of vocalist Faty (who moved from Kinshasa to Paris at age eight) and producer Nicolas ‘Dakou’ Dacunha, it’s safe to say that TSHEGUE’s music packs quite the punch. A rhythmic whirlwind of sounds that transcends borders and language, ‘M’Benga Bila’ is the ultimate feel good song of the summer.
Founder of the Foufoune Palace collective, French based artist Luidji has shared his highly anticipated debut album titled ‘Tristesse Business: Saison 1’. Comprised of seventeen deep and introspective tracks which serve as the follow up to 2015’s ‘Mécanique des fluides’, the record is another insight into the artist’s groovy sounds that touch on love and difficult relationships. To mirror his evolution, the Parisian rapper imagines a character drowning into water and trying get his head out of it. As suggested by the siren lying by the rapper’s side on the album’s cover, an aquatic universe is hypnotising listeners’ ears from start to finish.
Meet SÔNGE, your new favourite artist creating sparkling R&B gems that entice and intrigue. Having just released her debut album ‘Flavourite Câlâ’ last month, it’s on stand out single ‘Roses’ that the rising French singer/songwriter shines brightest. Backed up by a dazzling array of electronics and killer bass, the song encompasses a shimmering aesthetic whilst SÔNGE’s sanguine vocals are smothered on top.
Prince Waly, who makes up half of the group Big Buddha Cheez, is a true storyteller. As he keeps saying: he was bottle-fed to American cinema, something that is ever present when listening to his music. On ‘BO Y Z’, the Montreuil artist pushes the boundaries of his music. Nineties imagery, a cinematic tone and a fantasy of the ubiquitous gangster are the three constants that define his universe. The 9-track record features contributions from various quality guests such as Tengo John, TripleGo, Loveni, Alpha Wann, Enchantée Julia and Feu! Chatterton.
Loveni has dropped gem after gem in the past few months. After Ichon and Myth Syzer, it is the turn of the third “Bon Gamin” member to go solo with debut project ‘Une nuit avec un bon gamin’. The eight-track project encompasses a laissez-faire aesthetic with its vibrant and anthemic tunes. Once again Loveni hit the mark by keeping things simple and effective with an atmosphere that transports you into a cold and beautiful, sometimes romantic nocturnal mood.
French artist Zed Yun Pavorotti’s ‘Septembre’ tells the story of a child-adult or an adult-child. It’s a succession of images related to childhood, a confused speech that, by its confusion, tends to show the violence that falls free on a child when he must kill himself to renounce his innocence. Zed Yun Pavorotti delivers a number tinged with melancholy and depressive emotions with the abstract nature of his music adding to its mysticism. While trying to dive into the mind of the rapper from Saint-Etienne, the audience discovers the world of a big child, somewhere between reality and fiction, between concrete and stars.
Enchantée Julia has a voice that is delicate and graceful with a sensual touch. On ’45 tours’, she offers a melodious and retro yet refreshing soul track that is full of sweetness and memories. Assisted by Prince Waly, she transports the audience to the 90’s. With ’45 tours’, the intriguing singer from the South of France and the Big Budha Cheez member deliver a fervid languorous ballad about an impossible love affair between a drug dealer and his charming client.
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Parisian based artist Ehla brings her soulful, silky voice to a stirring upbeat instrumentation on ‘L’Antidote’, which is co-produced by Enzo Serra. The French pop vocalist channels the 90’s wave back through a groovy track that is full of hope. Combining nostalgic vibes with a modern electronic touch, the singer creates her very own DIY sound which is brimming with an infectious energy. Serving as the first single of her forthcoming new album, ‘L’Antidote’ is a brilliant taste of what’s to come from the singer.
The word “Mou”, means “nonchalant” in French. Nonchalant but not lazy, Mou redefines the codes of rap and French chanson. Putting his oar in, with the existing French wave, he navigates between genres with a touch of humour. With a wheedling and often hypnotic sound, Mou soothes and relaxes but never forgets to entertain using the clichés of rap to distort them and offers a well-needed dose of love, softness and altruism. This is ever present throughout his latest offering ‘Royal Calin’ which dropped last November; a six track project which features stand out singles such as ‘Cha-Cha’ and the groove-inflected ‘Croissants’.