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Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains ‘Solide Mirage’

Recorded in Brussels, produced by Ash Workman, who has also worked with Metronomy and Christine & The Queens, with string arrangements from Owen Pallett, and released on Domino Records, the band's fourth album Solide Mirage reveals new facets and territories on every listen. Sometimes gentle ('1982','Apocalypse à Ipsos'), sometimes more grungy ('Bête Morcelée', 'Grand Dérèglement', 'Jamais Deux Pareils') or even synthy and danceable ('Ten...

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Les Siestes Acoustiques de Bastien Lallemant

Now here's a nice concept for a Sunday afternoon. Launched in 2010, singer-songwriter Bastien Lallemant's Les siestes acoustiques is a relaxing show mixing acoustic vibes and French spoken word. The audience is invited to lie down and unwind while musicians play music and narrate stories. You can even bring a pillow and even have a nap if you like - it's up to you! It's happening this Sunday 5th March at Brasserie Zedel and you can choose from tw...

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KillASon ‘Strange The World’

You should be hearing a lot more about the French rapper with impeccable English and a serious hip-hop dance pedigree soon, but in the meantime we can concentrate on his music (produced by KillASon himself) which doesn't sound an awful lot like anything else going on in the French rap scene - and that isn't just because he chooses to rap in English. It's also down to reference points that include OutKast and West Coast US hip-hop. As a taster, ha...

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28/02/2017
28/02/2017

Mondkopf ‘They Fall But You Don’t’

Since the last album under his own name, 2014's Hadès, Paul Régimbeau has divided his time between his In Paradisum label, his grindcore-influenced Extreme Precautions projects and other bands including Foudre! and the noise supergroup Violent Magic Orchestra and live work with performance artist Charlemagne Palestine, and bringing his industrial duo Autrenoir to London to support Nurse With Wound. So he hasn't exactly been resting on his laure...

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27/02/2017
27/02/2017

All About Piano!

The annual celebration of black and white keys returns to the Institut français from 31st March to 2nd April with a top line-up of workshops, masterclasses and international performers including The Piano Brothers, Barry Douglas and French-signed jazz pianist Yaron Herman, renowned for this wild improvisational flare, playing on Fri 31st March at 9pm. For more information you can visit the official website.Watch Yaron Herman performing Radio...

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24/02/2017
24/02/2017

The Blaze ‘Territory’

Mysterious duo The Blaze made quite a name for themselves with the 'Virile' track released last year, and particularly the video accompanying it, which was more like a short film and took a fresh, modern look at questions of masculinity. It eventually earned them Best International Alternative Video at the UK Music Video Awards. 'Territory', which features the same distinctive approach to vocal production, is taken from their forthcoming EP (rele...

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24/02/2017
24/02/2017

Laure Briard ‘Les Pins Des Landes’

Recently listed by Gigwise as one of their '7 new female French artists you should listen to', Laure Briard (an associate of fellow Toulousain and Tame Impala drummer Julien Barbagallo) has released a new video into the world, taken from her Sorcellerie EP. 'Les Pins Des Landes' is its dreamiest track and the video matches its heavy-lidded, delicately psychedelic mood. You can watch it below, and also check out her Line of Best Fit session from 2...

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23/02/2017
23/02/2017

The Penelopes ‘Tina’

The Penelopes have previously gained a lot of attention online for their sparkling remixes of David Bowie's 'Let's Dance' and The Cure's 'Just Like Heaven', and Bowie crops up again (via a cover of 'This Is Not America') on the flipside of their glossy but emotive new single 'Tina'. The video for 'Tina' itself includes footage from Asia Argento’s directorial feature Misunderstood, starring Charlotte Gainsbourg. An earlier version of the song ac...

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22/02/2017
22/02/2017

La Terre Tremble!!! ‘The Life Within’

The uncategorisable three-piece finally return with a follow-up to the labyrinthine 2012 release Salvage Blues. The first taster of the forthcoming album Fauxbourdon, called 'The Life Within', is at once a startlingly alien object and one of La Terre Tremble!!!'s most electrifyingly direct songs to date. The video that accompanies it, directed by Samplerman (who also produced the collage-y cover for the album) correlates perfectly with their hig...

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21/02/2017
21/02/2017

Soko ‘Sweet Sound Of Ignorance’

Enigmatic artist and actress Soko unveiled has a new track and video online, her first since the Ariel Pink-featuring My Dreams Dictate My Reality album. This track is in a similarly woozy, warped vein and is accompanied by a video, of which  Soko says "I decided to create a full trip inside my head. I love cartoons, and I cherish my inner child always and forever, so directing my own videos is always a good way to unleash it. There is something...

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20/02/2017
20/02/2017