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May 4th, 2015 07:29am

French Disco Boogie Sounds

Fresh this month comes a new disco compilation compiled by Charles Maurice, French Disco Boogie Sounds 1975-1984. There are some belters on here, all dating back to disco’s golden era there’s a few rarities and obscure gems.

After the Brazilian Disco Boogie Sounds compilation, Favorite Recordings follows-up with the concept, this time focusing on its homeland language. Digging into the mysterious Charles Maurice’s vinyl collection, the label and the DJ extracted 10 amazing hidden dancefloor hits, all produced between 1975 and 1984 within the French music scene.

On one hand, tracks by Overdrive, Marché Noir, Didier Makaga or France-Lise, were mostly composed and produced by underground artists and labels from the French Caribbean and African community, and also filled with the raw spirit and power of this Tropical stamping. On the other hand, tracks by Beckie Bell, Kelly, Le Club, or Bernard Guyvan, were all released by major French labels such as Trëma, Carrere, Disques Vogue, or Pathé Marconi, and created by confirmed independent producers, acting not only in France, but also in Canada and the US.

Despite being called Toulouse, this Female disco trio were from Montreal, Canada. They were made up of studio backing vocalists who decided to team up as a group in 1975. C’est toujours comme ça l’amour originally came out as a single in 1981 and featured on the album Trois Dimensions.

Don't miss out on this magnifiqué selection, buy on iTunes here

Categories: Disco, French
Mar 8th, 2015 19:51pm

Super Discount 3

French house veteran Etienne De Crecy is back with the third instalment of his Super Discount series. The first one was released way back in 1997, still a bonafide classic to this day, 2nd edition 2004, didn’t quite live up to the debut compilation but nevertheless was a strong selection of french disco artists and quality tunes.

This track absolutely epitomises the vibe of Super Discount, a euro disco sound and sultry french vocals. There’s more crackers on this third instalment and dare I say it is on par with Volume 1.

Aug 2nd, 2014 16:44pm


L’Adulte was the first single from Sébastien Tellier’s L'Aventura, his sixth LP, and stands out as a the lead track, I love the way Tellier mixes the playful chorus with the straight from heart seriousness of the verses.

A gentle bossa beat underpins Telliers signature melodies and Gainsbourg-esque croon. Tellier goes bossa nova, what more could you wish for?

The man himself says: "Brazilian music is perfect as it’s full of mysterious chords and strange melodies, but also light & sunny. I feel my previous albums were just tests to reach this point."

Categories: Easy Listening, French, Pop
Aug 2nd, 2014 16:25pm


Ma Calypso is taken from Sébastien Tellier’s new LP L'Aventura. It’s always good to get a new Tellier LP before the summers out. Tellier is a seasonal performer in his own unique genre of French kitsch pop, a Eurovision candidate in 2008 with the Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo produced Divine - he has gone on to create  4 albums of consistently high quality music. Sexuality, My God is Blue, Confection and L'Aventura are all albums worth investing in.

The new album, L'Aventura, release on 14 July 2014. Tellier has said that the album is inspired by Brazil, Ma Calypso certainly sets the tone for the LP.

Categories: French, Pop
Aug 2nd, 2014 14:13pm

Sunset in Paradise

Watching the sun go down in a baking hot climate with the most amazing views is how I see this piece of music. After a lot of traveling lately this tune was my end of the day song that I put on to watch the sun set with a chilled glass of wine.

Although called Lovers in Paris, it better suited to the rolling hill’s of the southern French country side than the capital. Jacob Gurevitsch’s guitar playing together with the accordion is very reminiscent of the 1986 film soundtrack Jean de Florette by Jean-Claude Petit. Just beautiful.

Jun 15th, 2014 22:38pm

Blanc et noir

Some nostalgic balearic-ness from French Philanthropist, singer, actor and intrapreneur Alain Fabien Maurice Marcel Delon. Original release of Comme au cinéma (Like at the Movies) hit the French charts in 1987, a piano led lounge-groover with Delon’s spoken word delivery and typical 80s saxophones swooning over balearic beats. Certainly adding a touch of Serge Gainsbourg to the mix.

Categories: Chill, French, Pop
Jun 1st, 2014 02:05am


J'ai peur des filles is a funny little song that reminds of Bertrand Burgalat's early pop records, taken from Benoit Carre's 2013 LP Célibatorium. The LP also has a nice duet with Isabelle Carré on En commun.

Maybe I'm just listening to to much French radio!

Categories: French, Pop
Mar 22nd, 2014 11:54am

The Doll That Says No

I picked up this French compilation LP recently called La Musique du Faubourg and there are some superb old french pop numbers on it, compiled by Malik Aiary it concludes with this 1980 version of La Poupée qui fait non by Cristina.

La Poupée qui fait non (English: "The Doll That Says No") is a 1966 song written by Franck Gérald (lyrics) and French singer/songwriter Michel Polnareff the music. It was recorded by Polnareff, becoming an immediate success in France and one of Polnareff most definitive songs. Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin/Yardbirds) played guitar on the recording. Later, the english version was a hit for the Byrds and Saint Etienne covered it on the 1999 album A Tribute to Polnareff.

I've since discovered there are loads of cover versions of this song, many in french but also loads in English, German, Italian and Spanish. Cristina Monet-Palaci's 1980 version here adds a funky baseline and cowbells to disco up the track, which is also sampled by Dimitri From Paris' La Rythme Et Le Cadence track from his Sacrebleu LP.


Categories: Cover, Disco, French, Pop
Jan 26th, 2014 22:56pm

Time for some je ne sais quoi

French folk-pop duo Charlotte Savary & Philippe Chevallier better known as Felipecha released De fil en aiguille, their debut album back in 2008 and it stills sounds as fresh as une guirlande. The classic chanteuses á la française puts you in a warm and summery mood.

Charlotte Savary is better known to be one of the main vocals for the french DJ Wax Tailor, also worth checking out.

Categories: Folk, French, Pop
Jan 26th, 2014 22:00pm

Dance Dance Dance

Listening to Danton Eeprom has put me in the mood for some classic Bertrand Burgalat. Bardot's Dance is originally from his 2012 LP Toutes directions, this remix was an EP from the same year featuring the song Double Peine and 3 edits of Bardot's Dance. Michael Garçon's Studio 54 Club Remix is a supercool re-edit that speeds up the original and adds a disco groove, Burgalat does disco, what's not to like?

Double peine - EP 2012

Categories: Disco, French, Pop, Remix
Jan 25th, 2014 16:43pm

If Looks Could Kill

Marseilles born producer Danton Eeprom pressents us with a new long-player at the beginning of Feb. Currently based in London, Eeprom follows up 2009's Yes Is More with If Looks Could Kill.

Biscotto & Chimpanzee (feat. Birkii) fires off the Gallic sleaze in style with magnificent electro-dance-pop at it best. If Bertrand Burgalat made a dance record it could sound like this. A distinct french polish to this album insures Danton a place the table of Air, Daft Punk and Etienne de Crécy as well as the french-pop elite such as Bertrand Burgalat, Sebastian TellierJacques Dutronc and Serge Gainsbourg. Parisian vocalist Birkii adds a dash of yé-yé pop to this, the launch single - Biscotto & Chimpanzee.

Like this? try: Matthew Dear, Bertrand Burgalat, Sebastian Tellier

Pre-order If Looks Could Kill here on iTunes

Categories: Electronic, French, Pop
Jan 1st, 2014 19:42pm

These are the top 30 LPs that rock our world last year. 

  1. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
  2. The Limiñanas - Costa Blanca
  3. Kanye West - Yeezus
  4. Footprintz - Escape Yourself
  5. Matthew E. White - Big Inner
  6. Empire Of The Sun - Ice On The Dune
  7. Saâda Bonaire - Saâda Bonaire
  8. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - II
  9. Arcade Fire - Reflektor
  10. Bonobo - The North Borders
  11. Devendra Banhart - Mala
  12. Forest Swords - Engravings
  13. Daniel Avery - Drone Logic
  14. John Grant - Pale Green Ghosts
  15. Bill Callahan - Dream River
  16. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
  17. Washed Out - Paracosm
  18. DJ Koze - Amygdala
  19. Blood Orange - Cupid Deluxe
  20. Boards of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest
  21. Foxygen - We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic
  22. My Bloody Valentine - mbv
  23. Taragana Pyjarama - Nothing Hype
  24. Jon Hopkins - Immunity
  25. Earl Sweatshirt - Doris
  26. Darkside - Psychic
  27. Deafheaven - Sunbather
  28. M.I.A - Matangi
  29. Proviant Audio - Drift Days & Disco Nights
  30. Classixx - Hanging Garden
Blog entries for each album are in the right column for reviews and sample tracks.


Dec 10th, 2013 00:11am

Sugar Crush

The Limiñanas, back on Trouble In Mind with their stunning third album, Costa Blanca.

The band consisting of Lio and Marie Limiñana began life in 2009 as a home studio project, inspired by John Barry and Ennio Morricone LPs, books on Victorian era architecture, Film Noir and basking in the sunshine of southern France.

The LP kicks off with the coloeur café cool of Gainsbourg's narrative style, a short track that could've been a lost song from Melody Nelson, followed by this tune My Black Sabbath - a gentle strum of guitars supports the soft Franc-o-phonic sound and lush pop vocals. Alicante - an instrumental that sets the album off into a faster pace, all jangly Morricone guitars spooky organs. 

Votre Coté Yéyé M'emmerde (featuring Francesca Cusimano) was released as a single in France back in May this year, an intriguing role call - The band say - We recorded this song with a very beautiful Italian friend and actress Francesca Cusimano. We hate the boring French yéyé songs, so the song is a list of stuff we love. We took the opportunity to appoint many of the artists we love — actors, friends, filmmakers, singers, songs, Louie Louie.

I Miei Occhi Sono I Tuoi Occhi sounds very similar to the Avenues and Alleyways riff with deadpan vocal arrangements. La Mercedes De Couleur Gris Métallisé is one of the many major highlights on this marvellous fuzzed-out psychedelic LP, at 1.39 it's short and sweet, the Morricone avant-classical and experimental sonic sound is stunning. Rosas brings the funk with a swagger and style a plenty.

Bb goes totally pop 60s garage with a StereoLab wig-out, The Morricone twang is back on the mellow La Mélancolie and along with the intro La Mediterranée Serge Gainsboug's soundtrack to La Horse is an undoubtedly a major influence for the parting track Liverpool, rounding off a perfect album - superb and highly recommended.

Like this? Try: Sérge Gainsbourg, Velvet Underground, Kim Fowley, Ennio Morricone, Stereolab, Stereo Total

Nov 25th, 2013 23:45pm

Bonjour Monsieur 

Sébastien Tellier returns with LP Confection, it's a mostly an instrument affair, with all the quirky nuances that we've come to expect from the Frenchman. There are links throughout the LP that entwine the songs together, it feels very much like a complete soundtrack to a romance set in a fantasy world.

L'amour Naissant is undoutably the lead track here and the only one that features Sébastien's vocals. The rolling beats are very reminiscent of Tellier's seminal 2004 hit La Ritournelle (a bonafide classic). L'amour Naissant II and III also pop up later in the album in slightly different guises each coining the rolling piano hook throughout. The whole LP picks up somewhere in the vein of his 2006 compilation LP Universe, tracks like La Ballade Du Georges from that LP would sit along nicely in the mix.

So if your after more like 2008's Sexuality or last years My God Is Blue then you may feel disappointed, but if you approach it as a mellow soundtrack to a floating fantasy then you'll enjoy the subtle quirkiness gently weaved through lush orchestration and downbeat grooves. Good to see you again monsieur Tellier!

Categories: Chill, Easy Listening, French
Jul 21st, 2013 21:37pm

chanson d'amour

Cracking new tune from Vanessa Paradis' new LP Love Songs, this, the title track, half sung in English and half in French and written with the French pop star Benjamin Biolay. Vanessa's last LP was some 6 years ago, the absolutely brilliant Divinidylle, which is one of my favourite albums ever. So I couldn't believe my luck when I spotted this in a gas station while driving through France last month. This quickly became the soundtrack to my journey.

The title Love Songs indicates it could be full of ballads, but while there are a few I happy to say there are upbeat numbers too. Vanessa's ear for a infectious pop hook is in tact and songs like the title track, Les Espaces et les Sentiments, Mi Amor and Tu vois c'que j'vois are confirmation of that. A duet with Carl Barât on The Dark, It Comes is funny little tune about betrayal. Sombreros is a slow sumptuous summertime jam with a ska beat, skanking horns and soaring organs that Serge Gainsbourg would be proud of. The stripped back La Crème is enchanting as is most of this LP. Highly Recommened. Officially released in the UK this week, quick get it now before the sun packs up for winter.

iTunes link here, Official site here vanessaparadis.fr

Categories: French, Pop
May 6th, 2013 06:49am

Neomix Volume Two

Finally after so many people bugging me, I've put together another mixtape in the Neoloop series Neomix (I guess I can call it a series now there is a second volume!). Volume Two is as eclectic as the first and covers all the stuff we love on Neoloop.


Tracklisting is as follows:

  • 1. Get Free: Major Laser
  • 2. Why: Carly Simon
  • 3. On and On (Ruined by Rick Rubin): Justice
  • 4. Big Love: Matthew E. White
  • 5. Without You: Behling
  • 6. I Walk This Earth: King Biscuit Time
  • 7. I'm on Fire (Cousin Cole's Bad Desire Remix): Bruce Springsteen
  • 8. Hamjam (Tofu Mix): The Soul Session
  • 9. Social Studies (Plastic Plates Remix): Body Language
  • 10. So Good At Being In Trouble: Unknown Mortal Orchestra
  • 11. Big Shot: Dr.John
  • 12. Bombay: El Guincho
  • 13. Tear Club: Moullinex
  • 14. Chip Off The Old Block: Chic
  • 15. Destiny: John Talabot
  • 16. Le Grand Sommeil: Ginger Ale
  • 17. Get Lucky: Daft Punk
  • 18. Utopia: Footprintz
  • 19. Juicy Onion: Brusco
  • 20. Benediction: Hot Natured & Ali Love
  • 21. Bourgie Bourgie: John Davis & The Monster Orchestra
  • 22. Inspector Norse: Todd Terje
  • 23. Lost: Frank Ocean
  • 24. Sea: Roosevelt
  • 25. Done and Over It: Marie Madelenine
  • 26. Goblin City (Holy Ghost Remix): Panthers
  • 27. Island: The Whitest Boy Alive
  • 28. La La La: Snoop Lion
  • 29. Fashion Killa: A$AP Rockey
  • 30. Perfidia: Phyllis Dillon
  • 31. The Baddest Man Alive: The Black Keys
  • 32. Blue Skies: Willie Nelson



Jun 30th, 2012 14:33pm

A Cool Français Cocktail

Heard this while sitting in a café in Bordeaux, it's a cool laid-back lounge version of an old eighties song by Etienne Daho. This new version of Le Grand Sommeil (The Big Sleep) recorded with Etienne Daho by Ginger Ale for his tribute album Tombés Pour Daho which also features a variety of French artistes - Sébastien Tellier, Benjamin Biolay Feat. Elli Medeiros, Avril and Ready Made FC

Etienne's original version featured on his second 1984 LP La Notte La Notte... Ginger Ales lead singer, Angèle David-Guillou's seductive voice is wonderful and the cool baseline transforms the song sounding way better than the original. TRÈS BIEN!

Categories: Chill, French
Jun 24th, 2012 19:22pm

One of SOLAAR's best

Getting my French Hip-Hop on today - Originally a single in 1993 Mc Solaar samples Bonnie and Clyde, the emphatic Serge Gainsborg's duet with  Brigitte Bardot. Gainsbourg released the original tune on two albums in 1968: Gainsbourg's album Initials B.B., and Gainsbourg and Bardot's album Bonnie and Clyde

MC Solaar is adapted from his old graffiti tags SOAR and SOLAAR which he used to spray on the walls of his local housing estate.

Following the success of his eponymous debut - Qui Sème le Vent Récolte le Tempoin in his native France, Solaar shot to prominence on the back of his second album that Nouveau Western is taken from - Prose Combat was Solaar's breakthrough, spreading further afield gaining fans across Europe, Africa and and state side. This still sounds good, if a little retro. Serge, I'm sure would have been well into it.

Categories: French, Hip Hop
Jun 13th, 2012 23:11pm

The parents do not understand us

Les parents ne nous comprennent pas! Picked up this soundtrack while on my travels around France, in a quirky little music shop in Bordeaux. I haven't seen the film that it soundtracks, it's called Le bal des actrices [2009] (The Ball of the Actresses) a French film directed by Maïwenn. A film about a director that, while shooting a documentary about all kinds of actresses, falls for one of them. Linh-Dan Pham plays herself, born in 1974 she is a French actress of Vietnamese descent. As it turns out she's not a bad singer either with her cute Vietnamese ascent singing in French. The rest of the soundtrack is pretty good too!

Buy it on iTunes

Categories: French, Pop, Soundtrack, World
Jun 3rd, 2012 19:40pm

Impressions de voyage

Avec son nouvel album Les passagers, Berry nous donne rendez-vous pour un voyage en première classe.

Elise Pottier AKA Berry's second album is all about traveling with the one you love. I spent last week driving around France with this on repeat (together with Sebastian Tellier's excellent new album - My God is Blue) and it's a beautify crafted album of folky songs and french pop with a Gainsbourg-esque arrangements holding it all together. This, the title track is my current favourite. Following her excellent debut Mademoiselle this is the perfect follow-up, recommended.

Like this? Try: Francoise Hardy, Jane Burkin, Olivia Ruiz


Categories: Easy Listening, Folk, French, Pop
Apr 29th, 2012 22:53pm

Wonky Disco

Sébastien Tellier returns with new album My God Is Blue, produced by Mr Flash. Looking more like the messiah with every release Tellier's trademark beard and long messy hair is symphonious with his own brand of sexy-disco electronica. The frenchman's music remains in the high quality bracket, all the usual influences are omni present, the old styles of Philippe Nicaud, Serge Gainsbourg and Jean-Claude Vannier to the contemporary sounds of Air, Daft Punk and Bertrand Bergalat. Cochon Ville is the lead single released with a suitably erotic video of naked dancers in gods own disco. Tellier always does just enough to remain on the right edge of kitsch with an electro-pop sound that could have been released anytime in the last thirty years or far into the future. Future-retro maybe?! Sedulous is my choice pick of this LP, a slow jam that Serge Gainsbourg would be proud of, a dramatic drum roll strolls into a slow digi-funk beat with a waltzing horn section and funky quitar stabs. Good to have you back Sébastien! HIGHLY RECOMMEDED!

Out now on iTunes


Nov 23rd, 2011 21:52pm

Histoire de Melody Nelson (40ème anniversaire)

Hard to believe Histoire de Melody Nelson is 40 years old. But given it is also 20 years since Serge Gainbourg's death it puts it into perspective. Widely regarded by critics and fans alike as Gainsbourg's most influential and accomplished album. It certainly stands the test of time, a classic not just for Gainsbourg but as a piece of music made in the early seventies. 

Thanks to a big budget following international success with 1969's Je t'aime... moi non plus Gainsbourg's 1971 collaboration with Jean-Claude Vannier proved to be the ultimate magnum opus in a prolific career that covers over 3 decades. It's the young Vannier's lush, deep orchestrated string and choral arrangements composed with Serge that make this album truly unique. Never before had pop-rock songs, slow funk and soul been produced with such extravagant orchestration. Add to this Gainbourg's brooding narration and Jane Birkin's (Melody) sweet and innocent voice and you get an incredibly grandeur sound. But that's what Monsieur Gainsbourg was all about, constantly pushing boundaries and making new music and sounds that had never been done before.

Many musicians have marked the LP as a major influence, David Holmes based the majority of his second album Let's Get Killed on remakes of Melody Nelson compositions. Beck, whose 2002 track Paper Tiger from Sea Change is extremely close to the distinctive Histoire de Melody Nelson sound. Air, Jarvis Cocker, Portishead and Daft Punk have all been inchanted by it's magic.

I first discovered the album during the mid-nineties and it's remained a constant favourite ever since. Histoire de Melody Nelson is essentially a concept album based on the Lolita-esque pseudo-autobiographical plot involving the middle-aged Gainsbourg unintentionally colliding his Rolls Royce Silver Ghost into teenage nymphet Melody Nelson's bicycle, and the subsequent seduction and romance that ensues. 

The original album is under 30 minutes long and starts and ends the epic tracks Melody and Cargo Culte clocking in over seven and a half minutes each. Now available in a new 40th Anniversary edition with outtakes and alternative versions. Also there is an interesting documentary by Sebastien Merlet about the making of the album with interviews from Jane Birkin, Jean-Claude Vannier, Jean-Claude Charvier, Tony Frank and Andrew Birkin.

Occasionally imitated but never matched, truly exceptional and highly recommended.

Buy it on iTunes

Aug 19th, 2011 00:22am

Pascal superbe!

Another French pop tune from Pascal Parisot, I'm listening to a lot of French radio of late. Pascal (born 1963) has a definite Serge Gainsbourg sound to his voice and here it's ever apparent as he duets with his partner Fredda. Taken from the 2000 album Rumba. Love the bossa nova beats and sunshine melody.

Categories: French, Pop
Aug 19th, 2011 00:04am

Magnifique Monsieur

Just heard this great pop tune on French radio, not one that I've heard before but at first I thought it was Neoloop favourite Bertrand Burgalat as Chanson singer-songwriter Albin De La Simone has a very similar voice and sound. Recorded and released back in 2003 from his self-titled LP, which also turns old to be very good and has matured very well. Albin, born 1970 in Picardie, France has also worked with Vanessa Paradis, Arthur H, Pascal Parisot and Alain Souchon to name a few.

Categories: French, Pop
Jun 21st, 2011 00:08am


I've been listening to a lot of old french pop lately, this little ditti is the title track from Pascal Parisot's 2003 album Wonderful. Reminds me of early Manu Chao tunes. Pascal sings like a young Serge Gainsbourg with the accompaniment of a light reggae beat and a catchy chorus sung in English. The perfect complement to a sunny afternoon.

Find more of his tunes on MySpace3

Categories: French, Pop
Jun 12th, 2011 23:04pm

Perfect French Pop!

Following a bit travelling around Europe, I heard this track in a shop in Switzerland and discovered it was none other than Charlotte Gainsbourg dueting on a Étienne Daho track from his eighth studio album Growth resumed from 2003. It's a great song and reminds me of the tunes Charlotte done with her father the great Serge Gainsbourg.

Categories: French, Pop
Mar 13th, 2011 23:37pm

Just discovered La Femme and their excellent EP Le Podium #1

The Paris-based lo-fi surf rockers realised their debut EP at the end of last year, La Femme Ressort (The She Spring) is an eerie tune, reminds me of the Twin Peaks soundtrack. French new wave pop with a sassy edge, the lo-fi production adds to the dark and mysterious sound.

Listen to the rest on their MySpace page.Buy it on iTunes

Categories: French, Lo-Fi, Pop, Psychedelic
Jan 16th, 2011 18:21pm

While driving through the French countryside of the Dordogne region at night with just the light of the sat-nav glowing on the dashboard, you need a suitably dark and mellow soundtrack for such a drive and Arthur H's Pour Madame LP from 2000 fits perfectly. Arthur's husky croon creeps in and out of the subtle beats, sometimes singing or whispering or just the spoken word of a man possessed. Haka Dada has the hypnotic groove of a snake charmer. Great album and a French classic.

Arthur Higelin (born Paris 1966), better known under his stage name Arthur H, a pianist, songwriter and singer. He is the son of the French singer Jacques Higelin. Drawing on such influences as Thelonious Monk and Serge Gainsbourg he's a bit of legend in France.

Official site, Buy it on iTunes

Categories: Chill, French
Jan 16th, 2011 01:33am

Following my recent visit to France I came back with some cool new tunes. Village-Joie by Thomas Dutronic comes from Dr. Tom Ou La Liberté En Cavale, an album of various artists tribute to French composer Franck Langolff. Langolf wrote most of Vannessa Paradis early albums including breakthrough debut Joe Le Taxi. The LP gathers renound artists such as Vanessa Paradis, Alain Souchon, Natalie Dessay, Ours, Arthur H, Thomas Dutronc, Claire Denamur, Liza Manili, Renaud, Yannick Noah, Cécile Cassel and Raphaël. There is also an animated film of the music too!

Check it out here

Categories: French, Pop
Oct 31st, 2010 18:53pm

Any excuse to put up some Sebastian Tellier, listening to Darkstar track Dear Heartbeat below reminded me of this tune from Sebastian's Sexuality LP - His third studio album which was produced by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo of Daft Punk, a classic album that I never get bored of. 

Sebastians's done a few classics in his time including the seminal orchestrated hit La Ritournelle and his Eurovision entry Divine. Born in 1975 in Paris the songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is currently signed to Record Makers, a French independent record label. He sings in English, French and Italian.

Check out all his albums, cool stuff!

Like This? Try: Bertrand Bergalat, Yuksek, Etienne de Crécy

Official site, buy on iTunes


Sep 26th, 2010 20:54pm

Some mixed up styles from the excellent Ana Tijoux, hip-hop with latin and french flavours. Ana raps in both French and Spanish, this tune 1977 (the year of her birth) is a stunning piece of raw unconventional music. A superb example of how hip-hip reaches all corners of the globe.

Anamaría Tijoux was born in Lille, France in 1977, daughter to Chilean parents living in political exile during Pinochet's dictatorship. She became famous in Latin America as the female MC of hip-hop group Makiza during the late nineties. Her latest LP 1977 was recorded between May and September 2009, the new album was produced by Hordatoj, Foex y Tee, of the label Potoco Discos, together with Habitación Del Pánico.

Official Site, Her place in MySpace, Buy it on iTunes

Categories: French, Hip Hop
Apr 11th, 2010 17:26pm

More chilled out vibes today, this is an absolute classic for me, Dimitri from Paris (born Dimitris Yerasimos 1963) is a French music producer and DJ, best know for his disco compilations. He's produced many runway soundtracks for fashion houses such as Chanel, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Hermès and Yves Saint-Laurent. I think his music suits the fashion scene perfectly, this tune appeared on his excellent debut solo album Sacrebleu released in 1996. Very cool.

Like This? Try? Kid Loco, Alexkid, Waldeck

Dim's place in MySpace, Dim's mix album's on iTunes Sadly none of his solo album's are on there yet.

Categories: Chill, Electronic, French
Mar 17th, 2010 00:05am

Some late night chilled out reggae for you now, I've been listening to some out mixes and this tune come on, I'd forgotten how good it was. The original White Stripes version is a killer tune to begin with of course, The Dynamics slow the whole thing down and change the arrangement to give it a nice easy reggae drum and bass with melodica that Augustus Pablo would be proud of. Seven Nation Army is from The Dynamics 2008 covers album Version Excursions. The band are from Lyon in France.

Like This? Try: Easy Star All-Stars, Ticklah Vs Axelrod, DubXanne

Buy it on iTunes, Bands place in MySpace

Categories: Chill, French, Reggae
Jan 12th, 2010 01:19am

Clanging drums and wonky tonk piano... A grand masterpiece of crazy pop... Heaven Can Wait.

Following on from her excellent album 5:55 from 2006, Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin's daughter has collaborated with Beck to make IRM, her best album to date. Full of Beck's distinctive style and lyrical nonchalance, who himself is massively influenced by Serge Gainsbourg. And it's all in there, it's an eclectic mix of tunes that hang together well, Charlotte is sounding more and more like her mother, although Charlotte does has a better voice, not to say I don't enjoy Jane Birkin's songs as she has made some quality pop with Monsieur Serge.

It's sounds practically like a new Beck album but with Charlotte doing all the singing, Beck does chip in with background vocals here and there, apart from this track which is a full on duet. So Beck plays Serge to Charlotte's Jane, and in true style of the legend they have also managed to maintain Serge's forward thinking pop while plundering from his past. It's very early indeed to think about albums of the year, I just hope come the end of the year it won't be forgotten about as it really is a magnificent album. With such talented parents the expectation bench mark is set very high, Charlotte has a lot to live up to, with IRM I think she has achieved it… The old man would have been proud. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Like This Try: Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, Beck, Jean-Claude Vannier, Bertrand Burgalat

Charlotte's Official Site, Beck's Official Site, Buy it on iTunes

Dec 10th, 2009 00:33am

listening to some old old tunes tonight, this just sounds so good, a classic bit of cheesy french sixties pop.

iTunes have got two of her old albums up there, worth investigating! She also does this in English 7AM.

Buy Jacqueline on iTunes

Categories: French, Pop
Oct 20th, 2009 00:29am

Spooky being lost in space all on your own! Sounding like an early AIR tune, but it was recorded in the early Seventies. In 1975 before the release of the first Black Devil Disco Club album, Bernard Fevre released an album called ‘The Strange World Of Bernard Fevre’ and like the first Black Devil album it was so far ahead of it’s time that even now people struggle to believe it was really recorded over 30 years ago. Love to new cover by Non-Format too!

Buy it from Lo Recordings

Oct 19th, 2009 01:39am

A real feel good vibe, just add blue sky, a Mojito and a spanish dancer!

This Album is just amazing, to many good tunes on to pick just one. Many worldly influences and styles chop about with a colourful array of happiness. Gotan Project’s Christoph H. Müller and Peruvian percussionist Rodolfo Muñoz (Chinchivi, Sandunga) have teamed up to create RADIOKIJADA, a unique musical adventure based upon Afro Peruvian rhythms and culture, a crossover of powerful percussion, strong melodies, deep basslines and contemporary production methods.

Bands place in MySpace, Official Site 

Buy it on iTunes

Categories: Electronic, French, Jazz, World
Oct 19th, 2009 00:04am

Following on from the last post about AIR sounding like Bertrand Burgalat, what better time than to share a bit more bert. You'll find other tunes by bert in previous months. This is his superb collaboration with Robert Wyatt, a little late for summer but a classic bert tune, taken from the album Cheri B.B. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Official site - tricatel.com

Berts place in MySpace - myspace.com/tricatelburgalat

Buy Bert - iTunes

Oct 18th, 2009 23:10pm

Amour, Imagination, Rêve - Absolutely love this track from Air's new album Love 2. Sounding more and more like Bertrand Burgalat these days the duo from Versailles always have to live up to that outstanding debut, I think this new album comes close without a doubt.

Bands place in MySpace

Oct 3rd, 2009 00:46am

Havana to France via Chinese Man!

Chinese Man Records - The Groove Sessions Vol.2 is another album I picked up from my trip to France this week. It's a very eclectic affair to say the least, mixing up an array of styles from Hip Hop, break beat and Jazz to Bollywood chants, Cuban rhythms, weird electronica and mad film samples. This track is quality! Album RECOMMENDED

Official Site, Bands place in MySpace

Sep 29th, 2009 23:25pm

La Musique Magnifique!

Just got back from France, got loads of new tunes for you. Quite a few to get through, but this little pop ditty brings a smile to your face. It's got that kitsch french pop vibe going on even though they sing in English. The Sophia Lorenians are from Paris/NewYork, so far they have only released this on 7" Single.

Bands place in MySpace

Categories: French, Pop
Sep 6th, 2009 22:54pm

Hang on to the summer, i've got some sunshine tunes left!

Have a listen to this version of Claudine Longet's Ain't no mountain high enough, it's a typical kitch arrangement made in 1971 of the Motown standard. An uplifting summer sizzler with added Français beat.

Categories: French, Pop
Aug 19th, 2009 23:45pm

MMmmm... Please me, I don't want to do it with.

What can I say about Bertrand Burgalat other than he is a genius! He's made 6 albums, all brilliant. Impossible to pick one track from Bertrand as there are so many great tunes. This is from the Portrait-Robot album (2005). I'll post some more in time.

Burgalat is well-known for his cool, breezy 1960s-style pop sound, something he has lent to his production work with Air. His musical influences include the "ye-ye" sound of French pop made famous by France Gall, Françoise Hardy and Brigitte Fontaine, as well as the singers Jacques Dutronc and Serge Gainsbourg.

Official site - tricatel.com

Berts place in MySpace - myspace.com/tricatelburgalat

Buy Bert - iTunes


Jul 31st, 2009 00:29am
Skanking Banjos!

Just a great mix of kooky instruments, this little tune swans along to a ska beat, twanging banjos and moody clarinets.
Love it!

Jul 28th, 2009 23:14pm

She's My Lover, it's all about the percussion on this one, tambourines and maracas sprinkle all over a baggy beat, It's a great tune the Stone Roses never made.

The original version of this tune is on the amazing debut album A Grand Love Story - released in 1997. A classic. This is a later version that came with a CD repackage Special Edition. Jean-Yves Prieur, aka Kid Loco is a French electronic musician, DJ, remixer and producer. He was born on June 16, 1964 in Antony, Hauts-de-Seine, France.

A new Kid Loco remix album is due this year.

Official website - kidloco.com

His place in myspace - myspace.com/kidbravo

Buy the Album - Amazon.co.uk


Categories: Electronic, French, Lo-Fi
Jul 28th, 2009 22:23pm

Channson simple et magnifique!

Great voice for such a young woman, the arrangements remind me of Yann Tierson's work for Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain Soundtrack.

Béatrice Martin (19) is a Canadian pop singer-songwriter from Quebec, who performs under the stage name Cœur de pirate.

Her place in myspace - myspace.com/coeurdepirate


Categories: Folk, French, Pop
Jul 27th, 2009 22:12pm

Lose yourself in the beauty of it all, another little tune I picked up a while ago that I added to a compilation for traveling to/and around France this week. listen to the way it builds up in the first 30 seconds to a cacophony of beauty, a gentle guitar, Françoiz vocals, a shaker and a full blown string quartet. If only it was longer.

Si Tu Disais (if you said) is taken from Vingt à Trente Mille Jours (French for "Twenty to Thirty Thousand Days") the second album by singer Françoiz Breut, released in 2000 (in France).

Francoiz Breut place in Myspace

Categories: French, Pop
Jul 26th, 2009 22:58pm

Just got back from France and discovered this band called Java, this is from the album Safari Croisière released in 2003. It's got accordéon's, what more do you want! It's all going on.

Categories: French, Pop
Jun 14th, 2009 18:17pm


I'm off to France this week so I'l compiling a few playlists to accompany my road trip, hence the last few blog entries have a very French influence. If you like Serge Gainsbourg and want hear more, try this excessively kitsch concept album about, well, sex! Orchestral funk, moody whispering over breezy bossa, smokey organ porn. Furiously pop and totally cult for perverse record collectors everywhere. This is a cracking track from a classic album.

The incredible Philippe Nicaud. A rising young talent of 50s French cinema, filming with Jeanne Moreau (Dos au mur), Dalida (L’Inconnue de Hong Kong) and Brigitte Bardot (Voulez-vous danser avec moi). With Erotico… Nicaud he plunges hungrily into the era’s melting pot of pop with the help of Gérard Gustin and his pulsingly crafted orchestrations. Great album cover too!

Philippe Nicaud left us April 18th of this year in the age of 82 years... R.I.P

Buy it from Vadim Music


Categories: French, Lo-Fi, Pop
Jun 14th, 2009 17:55pm

Psychedelic French Pop from the Master

Serge Gainsbourg's varied musical style and individuality made him difficult to categorize. His legacy has been firmly established, and he is often regarded as one of the world's most influential musicians. I've admired much of his music over the years, just when you think you've heard it all I can't help re-discovering another track everytime I trawl through his extensive back catalogue. Pure class!

Histoire de Melody Nelson (from which this track was taken from) is a 1971 concept album. The Lolita-esque pseudo-autobiographical plot involves the middle-aged Gainsbourg unintentionally colliding his Rolls Royce Silver Ghost into teenage nymphet Melody Nelson's bicycle (Jane Birkin), and the subsequent seduction and romance that ensues. Histoire de Melody Nelson is considered by many critics and fans to be Gainsbourg's most influential and accomplished album.

At just under twenty-eight minutes, the short running time and the stylistic consistency and similarity throughout the album gives it qualities more in line with an EP or an extended musical piece with a number of movements. Histoire de Melody Nelsons is a mix of freewheeling guitar, funk style bass guitar, near spoken word vocal delivery, and lush, deep orchestrated string and choral arrangements by Jean-Claude Vannier who composed almost the entire music for the album.

Buy it on iTunes


Categories: French, Lo-Fi, Pop
Jun 13th, 2009 19:39pm

Sunshine and Psychedelic pop

Every summer I always dig out some old Serge Gainsbourg to drop in to mix compilations. This is from a soundtrack to a movie called La Horse.

Composed by Gainsbourg and Vannier in 1970, a true pearl of Psychedelic pop stunningly modern and powerful.

Categories: Chill, French, Lo-Fi, Soundtrack, World