My week just gone has been filled with the funk and disco of Shalamar and McFadden & Whitehead, and the classical romance of celebrated French chanteuse, Edith Piaf.
Christine and the Queens is the unequivocal breakthrough artist of the year. From magazine covers and music awards to performing on stage with Elton John at the Camden Roundhouse: you name it, this lady has been there and got the T-shirt (or likely will do by this time next year).
Chaleur Humaine is the international debut album from this idiosyncratic French musician, whose real name is Héloïse Letissier. It’s a superbly delicate electronic pop album filled with sounds that leave you agog.
What do you get when you blend a vigorous dance beat with cool choir vocals and eager slap bass licks? The gravity-defying new single from Justice, ‘Safe and Sound’.
French songstress, Laetitia Sadier, makes music that seems to be intrinsically anti-commercial. Here second solo album, Silencio, confronted politics and power, asking whether we are really better off under constant surveillance, and whether our leaders truly have our best interests in mind. Art-house philosophising of this kind is frequently shirked, but that doesn’t stop it being important – and it helps that Sadier delivers her oral treatise with melodic aplomb.