There’s something just simply so fabulous about the French and their electronica.
College, who you’ll recognize from the art house drama, Drive, has recently dropped his latest album, Heritage, and it’s quite the gem.With his style of slight variations throughout each track and his keen texturing abilities, composer David Grellier creates beautiful synth-heavy soundscapes for our ears.
Catch the two track sampler below and while the vinyl is sold out, you can always grab a digital copy of the rest via iTunes.
I honestly don’t think I could keep up with this French duo even if I tried. Chill Bump has been working persistently on dropping fresh tracks on the regular. They’re massively appealing, super approachable, and genuinely talented fellows.
It only seems up from here. Ready your ears for EP #4, The Loop, due out December 3rd and keep yourself entertained with their latest video, “The Eponym,” belowwhich features Bankal and Miscellaneous in playful classroom scenes. Their sound keeps tightening and tightening, I love it.
Charlotte Gainsbourg has made a definitive name for herself in the art and entertainment world, besides being the daughter of notable European parents. With a famous actress as a mother and a French singer for a father, it’s no wonder Gainsbourg had seamlessly entered the industry when she was merely 15 years old.
Fast forward some years into adulthood and Gainsbourg still has not let up. With multiple film parts and releasing a fourth album last winter (among other amazing collaborations), she appears to still be making her way all over the world performing for the masses. Diane Roka was there earlier this year when the singer/songwriter performed at TLA here in Philadelphia. Grab a handful of music below and check out the rest of Diane’s sketches below.
Chill Bump may be one of the hardest working camps coming out of France. With the short and sweet EP releases they keep pumping out, my inbox doesn’t even get a chance to breath.
In their newest drop, Hidden Strings, Miscellaneous lays down his distinct maddening flow (in English no less) over impressive and glitchy hip-hop beats. Each track is heavy and the structure and production is absolutely solid. This could be my favorite release of theirs, especially with the Intermission track and the insanely creative beats Bankal keeps hitting our ears with.
And all fantastic things come at name your price. Grab your copy below.
Julie Budet (aka the front-woman of Yelle) is a French electro-pop artist that does more than demand your ear’s attention. Joined by producers GrandMarnier (Jean-Francois Perrier) and Tepr (Tanguy Destable), the group create effortless dance music that will get you moving in no time.
It may be the simple fact that Budet does not utter one word of English, or maybe it’s the infectious hooks, whatever it is I’ve been sold a long time ago and now it’s your turn. With no intentions of slowing down, Yelle has just released their latest album Safari Disco Club which is 13-tracks of pure motion.
Check out some of my favorite songs below and be sure to watch their newest music video for track, “Comme Un Enfant.”
Sparse folktronica was waiting for me once I got back to Philadelphia, and I just couldn’t resist sharing it with you all.
There’ Bon Iver-esque reverb on the hymnal vocals and sparkling effects that make their way in between the thick layering of synths. It’s a gorgeous blend of minimal sounds that come together, something French producer, Kelly Pavan, is no stranger to. Alone In The Storm EP, will be the debut release from the brand new European record label, dhARMA, that specializes in beautiful and eclectic electronica sounds.
Have a listen below, I’m sure there’s plenty more to come from dhARMA.
I’m pretty sure you all know by now how I feel about the French and their hip-hop. I fucking love it, so of course I was extremely hype on being tipped off on Chill Bump.
Straight out of Tours, France – this rap/hip-hop duo consists of Bankal (Beatmaker) and Miscellaneous (MC) who both have been busy making names for themselves in their home country. It’s nice to hear when two furious forces join together and create something so absolutely smooth that it’s hard not to listen.
Check out their latest EP entitled Back To The Grainwhich shows off their crate-digging and beat dropping skills all while simultaneously throwing that middle finger up.