Tag Archives: French Touch

Music by Bergman: Kid Francescoli

Born in Paris but raised in Marseille, which he still considers his hometown, Mathieu Hocine has been writing songs since he was a kid. When he decided to publically unveil his project in the early 2000’s, he chose the nickname Kid Francescoli, as a tribute to Enzo Francescoli, one of the stars of his beloved Olympique de Marseille football club. In the past decades, his city has had a strong influence on the development of rap music in France, but things are changing and Kid Francescoli is the perfect example. His music has a lot more to do with pop, electro, the French Touch movement, dream-pop and film soundtracks (especially Ennio Morricone’s works).

In 2009, when he was staying in New York for a while, he met an American singer, Julia Minkin. They fell in love and started playing music together as a duo, which led to the creation of Kid Francescoli’s third album, called With Julia (2014). Even though they have broken up, Julia remains his muse and their relationship has evolved into a creative friendship.

In 2017, Kid Francescoli released Play Me Again, a new album documenting the end of a love story and exploring interesting territories (hip-hop beats, reggae, R&B, lyrics in French…). Love affairs don’t always end badly. Two years after the success of Play Me Again he releases Lovers, his brand new album.

 

The muses of La Musa: Corine

Certain music is synonymous with France, from classic chanson to rebellious 60’s yé-yé, from “French Touch” electronic music, to the widescreen musical genius of Serge Gainsbourg. But it is the beautifully debauched world of 1970s French Boogie which Corine is resurrecting with her own brand of “erotic disco”. She looks every inch the authentic 70s diva with her distinctive shock of peroxide blonde hair, judicious use of eye shadow, and an extensive collection of jumpsuits. The name Corine is French prostitute slang for cocaine, and she dedicates her music to “the excess of the disco years, Le Palace, and its dancers who never grow tired”. Le Palace was a legendary Parisian nightclub on whose opening night in 1978 Grace Jones sang ‘La Vie en Rose’ from on top of a pink Harley Davidson, surrounded by shining roses and mountains of dry ice. Today in concert at Poble Espanyol.

Pardals: Vallès

Vallès és el nom artístic de Marc Costa, un jove eivissenc resident a Barcelona que actualment és una de les figures més interessants de l’electrònica local. El seu Ep “St Lucia” és una oda al french touch amb col·laboració del productor britànic L’Étranger. Recentment acaba de publicar el seu segon EP “Sorrow” on juga amb el downtempo, chill, funk i inclús el jazz i és una perfecta fusió entre l’electrònica més relaxant i la vessant més ballable d’aquesta.. Vallès és el “pardal” d’aquesta setmana.

Aquest dijous serà a la sala Barts a la festa Microwave acompanyat d’InnerCut i Alto. Una nit suculenta pels amants de la música electrònica a ritme de house, future bass, R’n’B, nu disco …

El retorn de St Germain

Una figura indiscutible i respectada en el món de la música electrònica dels últims vint anys, un pioner del ‘french touch’ i un creador d’intel·ligent, sensual i original deep house, St Germain sempre ha destacat. El seu art consumat es nodreix d’una barreja subtil de màquines i instruments, d’autèntiques arrels i influències modernes. La seva música és una barreja complexa, el que reflecteix el seu amor pel blues, el jazz i la música negra de tota mena, amb loops electrònics hipnòtics i mostres vocals harmoniosament entrellaçades. Aquesta nit a la sala Razzmatazz.