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New Releases: Vitalic & Tristesse Contemporaine

Voyager, the fourth album by pioneering producer Vitalic – aka Pascal Arbez – arrives on a new label, Clivage, and sees him digging into his disco roots, exploring the legacy of innovators like Giorgio Moroder, Cerrone and Patrick Cowley, and collaborating with guests including Miss Kittin. Drowned In Sound have recently praised his “audacious maximalism” and “stylish, off-centre Eurodance.”

He’s also embarking on a UK tour in March:

3 March The Tunnels, Aberdeen

4 March Ironworks, Inverness

10 March SWG3, Glasgow

11 March Electric Brixton, London

After their self-titled first album and the more reflective electronic pop of Stay Golden, Tristesse Contemporaine‘s Stop and Start completes the trilogy while beginning a new cycle. The trio at the head of this voyage through time and space are a motley crew who met each other in Paris: Narumi from Japan, Maik from England via Jamaican roots, and Leo from Sweden. The essence of what they play as Tristesse Contemporaine is “less is more” – two chords, minimal instrumentation, all mixed with maximum reverb. Abandoning the middle of the road, the band focused on ten tracks where they put their cards on the table and pedal to the metal.

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Video of the week: Le Vasco

Le Vasco are back, still navigating from instant hooks to transgressive experimentation. Spotted on underground scenes, The Great Escape or Les Transmusicales de Rennes, the collective plays a futuristic R&B, with large musical landscapes and sensitive melodies.

They worked with Polybius Studio to illustrate (through images, videos and internet art) the journey taken on their forthcoming album La Transe Des Oiseaux.

In their new video, Le Vasco take us to another dimension where reality is in the process of becoming virtual.

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Video of the week: Johnny Mafia

Johnny Mafia draw on the legacies of the Ramones, the Pixies or Jay Reatard with their garage-style energy. They adhere to the basic tenets of rock and roll: play it fast and loud !

The French rock quartet break the sound barrier in their latest video ‘Sleeping’: A crazy rock race where the band members compete on the roads of their native French department of Yonne in mutant soap boxes, in scenes that will be familiar to anyone who has ever played Mario Kart!

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Video of the week: Chinese Man

Five years after their first album ‘Racing with the Sun, hip-hop icons Chinese Man are back in early 2017 with a new opus, SHIKANTAZA, written in Marseille, Mumbai and their secret nest in the French countryside. Shikantaza is an invitation to let go, to capture the moment, a personal path to enlightenment.

You can watch ‘Liar’, the first video has from the upcoming album, below.

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