Despite its title, ‘Paris In The Spring’ should not be confined to just the one season – and if anything it is better suited to the summer, given the array of uplifting grooves and songs it presents. The compilation is the brainchild of Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs, and is packed with 23 choice cuts to show off the French capital. Of greater interest to DMC readers will be the groove conjured up by Janko Nilovic for ‘Roses And Revolvers’, while on the far out psychedelic side of things Triangle’s ‘Litanies’ is excellent. The timeline covered by this collection is from 1968 to the early 1970s, and fans of Air, St Germain and Nouvelle Vague will enjoy the authentic sounds those acts capture now. Inevitably Serge Gainsbourg makes an appearance – and so does Jane Birkin, with the softly sung ‘Encore lui’. With library music and soundtrack references also included, this is a breath of fresh air, and highly recommended if you want to try some sunshine listening with something new.
Ben Hogwood
4 out of 5