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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
French duo Terrenoire take their name from the Saint-Etienne district in which they grew up. On their debut EP, the duo bewitchingly tells the story of their odyssey to the capital, “the City” as they call it, alongside the irrepressible attraction that brings them back to their hometown. The two brothers Raphaël and Théo chase their utopian “Black Paradiso”, as they elegantly explore their childhood through surreal poesy and moving productions between electronic hip-hop and French chanson.
Not satisfied with producing one of France’s hardest trap projects of the year in 13 Block’s “Triple S”, Ikaz Boi returns with “Brutal”, a debut album of his own that welcomes the audience into his eclectic universe through a portal of diverse instrumentals, features, and interludes. The project counts Ateyaba (fka Joke) amongst its guests, a voice that has become increasingly scarce over the past few years; building on their past collaborations, the pair offer up ‘Pyramid Tokyo’, a vibrant performance that serves as a reminder of why the French scene misses the Montpellier rapper’s unique flow.