Video of the week: Odezenne

A new video from ODEZENNE, who recently won the prize for best video at the inaugural French indie prize – le Prix des Indés – for ‘Bouche à Levres‘ . Another video, ‘November, showed clashes between protesters and police in Paris in the manner of a documentary. Even though ‘Boubouche’ is much lighter, it still show the Calais jungle becoming a real jungle, burkinis changing into ‘facekinis’, and angels losing their feathers, all under the gaze of the army. So maybe there’s a serious message after all…

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New Release: Jain

French singer-songwriter and musician Jain was born in Toulouse in France but spent time living in the Congo – she’s a citizen of the world. Her music reaches simultaneously for hip-hop, electronic dance, dub, reggae, soul, and the blues, and her efforts thus far have been wildly successful in France and beyond.

Jain’s debut album Zanaka is bursting at the seams with ideas and styles, ranging from rock, funk, reggae and trip-hop. The whole album is anchored by the 23-year-old’s quirky jazzy vocals, which are fashioned to add rhythm.

Agreeably wonky, but aimed-at-the-mainstream pop that weaves all over the place, refusing to settle in one place” say The Guardian about ‘Come’ in their “F&M Playlist”.

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Video of the week: Tinariwen

Tinariwen have revealed a new animated video “Ténéré Tàqqàl”, directed by Axel Digoix, who has worked on films including Despicable Me 2 and The Little Prince.  The song is extracted from their new album Elwan, which is out February 10.

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New Release: Wax Tailor

Wax Tailor fifth studio album “By Any Beats Necessary” has been revealed today. The title references the Malcolm X phrase “By Any Means Necessary”, which was in turn inspired by Sartre’s play “Dirty Hands”.

This new take on the western frontier leads us on a fabled road where blues, psychedelic rock, soul, funk and hip-hop collide.
“I conceptualized this album as the soundtrack to a better elsewhere that I imagined to be the south western part of the USA”, said JC Le Saout, the man behind Wax Tailor.

Joining him on this ride are guests such as Ghostface Killah from the Wu Tang Clan, The Rugged ManA-F-R-O & Token. The album also features Tricky in a very personal duet with Charlotte Savary, Lee Fields, the godfather of the retro soul scene, Sara Genn, Mattic and Raashan Ahmad and newcomer Idil.

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