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by Europavox (Clermont-Ferrand, France)
12 January 2017
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Barbagallo
Based in
France, Toulouse, Perth
Style
Pop
Science is unequivocal: without an event of cataclysmic proportions or the intervention of a god of some kind, turning the world upside down is an impossible task. You want summer in December? There seems to be only one solution: cross the Equator, head south and you’ll find warm temperatures and hot sand, luxuriant forests and scorching sunshine. Unless someone proves science wrong. This someone might be Julien Barbagallo. Don’t move, not even a toe – listen to this man’s second album under his own name, Grand chien, and you’ll immediately forget about the cold and the grim, the fallen leaves, the naked trees, the flu and ...
La Femme
Based in
France, Biarritz, Paris
Style

We saw it coming from afar. At first a modest, but already powerful wave. Two guys from Biarritz, Marlon Magnée and Sacha Got, not even old enough to legally drink alcohol – but probably drinking loads of it nonetheless –, started writing and releasing songs at the beginning of the decade. Several EPs and singles, a growing audience on the internet – the wave grew bigger and bigger and bigger, until it was reclassified as a tsunami with the (re)release of their exhilarating hit single ‘Sur la planche’ in 2013 and their exceptional first album Psycho Tropical Berlin the same year, which received critical acclaim ...

PNL
PNL
Based in
France, Paris
Style
"QLF", standing for Que La Famille ("only family") is the motto behind each song made by these two, and it has been true their entire explosive career. The elusive brothers from the Parisian suburb of Corbeil-Essonnes decline all interviews and public appearances. They haven’t performed at all in 2016 and have self-produced their records. They certainly have the skills, but their secrecy has become inversely proportional to their success – their third record went platinum after only two weeks....
Jacques
Based in
France, Strasbourg, Paris
Style

Tout est magnifique (« Everything is wonderful »), boldly states Strasbourg-born and Paris-based producer Jacques’s first EP, released on his up-and-coming label Pain Surprise. His claim is to be taken very literally; for the young, bizarre, hilarious yet profound man, who hides deep thoughts and serious mysticism beneath his freakishly tonsured scalp, each and every one of the soulless things that surround you is full of wonders.

Those pans you cook your steak in, the old cheese grater sleeping in the dust of a forgotten cupboard? Full of secrets, mysteries and sounds. The screwdriver you cursed ...

Nusky & Vaati
Based in
France, Montrouge
Style

Don’t be fooled by their teenage faces – these two know exactly what they’re doing. Or at least, they experiment and do it pretty well. With daring and aplomb, Nusky & Vaati are pushing the boundaries of French rap.

They met in 2014, after Nusky had listened and loved one of Vaati’s productions and contacted him over Facebook. Two mixtapes soon followed, with each one of them playing his part. Nusky, the rapper, crafts the lyrics, while Vaati, the producer, creates the beats. Traditional rapper clichés don’t suit Nusky, as evident from the videos, devoid of fancy cars, muscles, bling and submissive girls with ...

Super Parquet
Based in
France, Clermont-Ferrand
Style
Super Parquet. Literally, "great wooden floor". It’s not the name of a DIY store but of a band from Auvergne, an unlikely meeting between four guys from backgrounds in traditional regional music and electronica, two worlds that seem to have nothing in common. Defining their style is not easy, but letting yourself go when they play live definitely is. Their gigs lie midway between a village fair and a rave party, a colourful mixture blending traditional sounds with electronic ones. Bagpipes, the banjo and unidentified local instruments flirt with synthetic machine sounds, and their relationship seems as natural and harmonious as can be....
Flavien Berger
Based in
France, Paris
Style
Don't trust the Internet. Never. Look at this article you're reading right now, for instance. It states that Flavien Berger is French, that he's from Paris. The photo shows a creature seemingly complying with all the criteria usually associated with human beings. Dates are mentioned – 2014, 2015, the 21st century. But listen to Berger’s first two EPs, Glitter Glaze and Mars Balnéaire, or to his long-format odysseys Léviathan and Contrebande 01. Le Disque de Noël, all released on the cutting-edge Pan European label, also home to Pony Hoax, Nicolas Ker, Koudlam and Judah Warsky. Or go to one ...
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