Weval – Half Age Ep:
I’m not ashamed to say that I discovered this album thanks to the Schweppes ad, like many people. It really struck me, I find that each element is perfectly placed, the album is very coherent with a fabulous universe of sound. The voices are used very precisely and the musical colours are incredible as well as the composition. To have seen them live too, it’s one of the albums I’ve listened to the most, aperitif, car, after party, it’s crazy…
Jóhann Jóhannsson – Album Orphée: Extract from the album :
It was very difficult to choose between the contemporary classical music composers I love (Max Richter, Olafur Arnalds…). I chose Jóhann Jóhannsson because of his death (which was way too premature) this year… His music, his universe transports me and soothes me greatly beyond being virtuous… In particular his album Orphée which can be listened to over and over again…. take a book and let yourself be transported…
Bon Iver (Justin Vernon) – All his albums – re:stacks :
No need to present Bon Iver…. All his albums are masterpieces that I advise you to listen to. The first time you hear it, its music can be confusing but you can only be bewitched and transported… I listened a lot to his albums whilst on the road…. I chose Re:stack for the serenity and depth of this song… I also advise you to listen to his cover of Bonnie Raitt’s “Can’t make you love me”.
For me, Kiasmos is really the perfect fusion between electronic and classical music. This album is ideal for the afternoon and evening, or in cocooning mode at home or even for before going out… the mix is perfect. I advise you to listen to their live versions!
Sidney Bechet – Si tu vois ma mère :
I have always loved jazz (and soul) and Sydney Bechet in particular… There is such strength and sensitivity in his music, he makes me travel through time… I discovered it thanks to my grandfather who left me his vinyl collection. Of course, I was already listening to great classics like Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Nina Simon… But it has for me something special that I can’t explain…
Depeche Mode – Enjoy The Silence –
This music represents to me the love I have for my father. My father being a fan of this group, we went to see them in concert in Bordeaux January 2018. I had provided him tickets for his 49th birthday. It was a unique experience, certainly the best concert I could see. Aside from their impressive discography, they are technically and visually impressive.
Otzeki – True Love –
New actors of electronic pop, they represent for me the future of this scene. Having seen them in concert at the Ahoy Festival in Bordeaux, I found them unpredictable, precise and powerful. Their single True love is just transcendent and impressive.
Earth Wind & Fire – September –
Groove, funk, joy and simplicity. Listened early in the morning to put in a good mood!
Bronski beat – Smaltown Boy –
Jimmy Somerville’s voice is simply awesome on this. Just listen once and then the arpeggio and the melody remains forever engraved in our brains !
Eurytmics – Sweet Dreams –
Would they have thought that it would become a global, aimless classic? I regret sometimes to be only 23 years old and not having lived through all this wave Electronic, New wave, synth pop. It must have been impressive.
ANMA & JOVEM – Birds Mind (NoiseFloor Records)
French artist ANMA links with countryman JOVEM for a fantastic new EP that finds the pair collaborate on one track and serve up one solo effort each. ANMA is a techno obsessive who has been playing guitar and keys since youth. He co-founded the Hover Mind label and is also part of Arrival with FIB so is deeply entrenched in the scene with his own unique perspective. JOVEM meanwhile switches up progressive house and melodic techno and is a regular headline act around France. His richly layered tracks come on this label as well as his own Palace Rec, and in coming together with ANMA the pair find plenty of exciting new ground.
Their collaborative ‘Birds Mind’ is the collision of two musical worlds. It was made during a day in an apartment surrounded by two monitor speakers, synthesisers and a computer before a hectic night in the largest club in Toulouse. The track features a pan flute, ethnic percussion and fat bass that will lift up the floor and then mesmerise with catchy arpeggios that bring real colour. ANMA’s ‘Wild Horse’ “is an invitation to a journey through wilderness, as if you were a fiery horse in search of freedom”. This plays out with real tension and texture in the brooding techno grooves, augmented by storytelling synths that build tension and take you on a real adventure. Finally, JOVEM’s ‘Redemption’ is “the story of the devil who came down to earth to understand the real behaviour of humans”. In real terms it is an epic bit of progressive techno with majestic synth breakdowns and upright drums that together will get hands in the air.
ANMA & JOVEM Birds Mind (NoiseFloor Records) Release: 26th April 2019 Cat No: NF004