September 22, 2014

The Kooks - Listen (Mercury Records)

Listening to The Kooks' new LP feels like some kind of time traveling experience.

Somewhere between 70's Liverpool and 2014 digital London, from old-school British indie rock to very contemporary electro/pop sounds, Listen switches between the times...but also between rhythms, alternating between dancefloor-proof anthems and melancholic ballads.

Let Luke Pritchard energetic vocals guide you through this shining indie music kaleidoscope!

My favorite extracts below:

A l'écoute du nouvel album des Kooks, on a l'étrange impression d'un voyage spatio-temporel. Départ du Liverpool 70's et son bon vieux rock/pop british, arrivée dans le Londres digital de 2014 et des sonorités electro/pop très dans l'air du temps.
Listen surfe entre les époques, mais aussi entre les rythmes, alternant les hymnes euphorisants et les ballades mélancoliques. Bref, un kaléidoscope chaleureux de tout ce qu'on aime dans le rock indé.

September 18, 2014

Bing Ji Ling - Sunshine For Your Mind

A Ny-based underground producer/songwriter, Bing Ji Ling is responsible for a series of overlooked self-produced LPs filled with many soulful folk gems. In his latest musical journey, he revisits a wide range of pop/soul classics with his rejoicing solo guitar-led style.

Timeless tunes from  the likes of Sade, Maze, Prince, Donna Summer, Ned Doheny, Tears For Fears get a brilliant 70's-flavoured folkish relooking. Simply irresistible!

My favorite cuts below, album available on his Bandcamp page.

Producteur & songwriter new-yorkais méconnu, Bing Ji Ling essaime depuis quelques années les albums auto-produits peu avares en perles folk fleurant bon la soul. Dans le nouvel épisode de ses pérégrinations musicales, il revisite avec sa guitare acoustique une série de classiques d'artistes pop/soul comme Sade, Prince, Donna Summer, Ned Doheny...Dur dur de résister à ce délicieux lifting aux accents folk seventies!

September 16, 2014

Guts - Hip-Hop After All (Heavenly Sweetness)

Appearing as a guest in Hip-Hop After All, legendary MC Grand Puba states: "I stay true to the thing they call Hip-Hop, for 30 years straight and I doubt if I stop". This could pretty much be the perfect mantra to describe Guts' musical philosophy.

In his best album to date, the French beatmaker delivers a true old-school fireworks, from jazzy "Dillesque" cuts, to soulful moments, or west-coast-flavored tracks. Spiced-up by an impressive line-up of guests, this new LP is a groovy love letter to the Golden Age of Hip-hop.

"I stay true to the thing they call Hip-Hop, for 30 years straight and I doubt if I stop". Cet extrait du titre Forever My Love, rappé par le légendaire MC Grand Puba, pourrait être le leitmotiv de Guts.
Depuis ses premiers faits d'armes musicaux, aux débuts des années 90, jusqu'à ses pérégrinations sonores plus récentes, le producteur n'a eu de cesse de déclamer son amour pour cet âge d'or du Hip-Hop, qu'il fait revivre avec brio dans son meilleur album à ce jour, Hip-Hop After All.
Entre passages groovy très "Jay Dill-esque", titres plus soul, ou morceaux fleurant bon le son "west-coast" de l'époque, Guts passe ses classiques en revue, bien aidé dans son entreprise par un casting de guests haut de gamme (Grand Puba, Masta Ace, Cody Chesnutt, le jeune trompettiste Leron Thomas...). Ruez-vous dessus!

September 10, 2014

V4YS Concert Review - Jazz à La Villette, Year 1959 Tribute - Eric Legnini & Friends vs Ray Charles - 060914

Sandra Nkaké, 060914 - Photo Vincent B.

"Jazz is not dead" is this year's Jazz à La Villette festival mantra. Well, "Groove ain't dead either" , judging by the massive gig closing this "Year 1959" special day in a packed Cabaret Sauvage.

After Miles and Coltrane, 1959s funky side was effectively on display, with belgium pianist Eric Legnini vision of Ray Charles' early works, especially his What'd I Say album.

As much as I enjoy Eric's jazz productions, I get even more excited when I see him letting his piano aside to focus on a Rhodes. I got even more excited when I realised he had invited two of the funkiest singers around to join him, Sandra Nkaké and Alice Russel.
Add to this a red-hot band and the talented young flutist/singer Elena Pinderhugues, and you have a recipe for some serious fun.

Sandra Nkaké, Elena Pinderhugues, Alice Russel - Photo Vincent B.

Setting the pace with his uber-groovy Rhodes lines, Eric Legnini let ample space to his vocal guests, who litterally turned the Cabaret Sauvage upside down.

Special mention to Sandra Nkaké, who once again blew me away, not only with her powerful voice but also her enthusiasm, humor and energy. I truly believe she's currently one of the most overlooked soul/funk female singer.

No Artelive recording for this one, but get a quick grasp of the atmosphere with this little video of their hot Ray Charles' Talkin' Bout You cover:

Thanks to my friend Vincent for the beautiful pics!

September 9, 2014

V4YS Concert Review - Jazz à La Villette, Year 1959 Tribute - Omar Sosa vs Miles Davis / James Carter vs John Coltrane - 060914

Bringing Jazz/Funk legends on stage is the bread and butter of large Jazz Festivals. Challenging artists to offer special experiences through specific themes or encounters is much harder to set up. This is where Jazz à La Villette's artistic direction thrives, and that's why this festival has become my personal favorite over the last few years.

Among the many interesting events this year, an intriguing "1959 special" Saturday, to bring us back to this exceptionally rich calendar year in Jazz history.

First appointment of the day, a journey with Cuban pianist Omar Sosa to share his personal vision of one of 1959 many gems, Miles Davis's timeless Kind Of Blue.
Originally set-up in 2009 for the Barcelona Jazz festival, released as an album last year with the help of The Afri-Lectric Experience sextet, Eggun is the title of this project.
Get ready for an exotic "Kind Of Many Shades", courtesy of Omar's latin/world influences. Joy & happiness guaranteed with this ArteLiveTv streaming available only for a few weeks. 

Second part of the day, to check out if saxophonist James Carter could fit in John Coltrane's 1959 Giant Steps.
Well...he could and even more! In a trio format with Gerrard Gibbs (organ) & Leonard King (drums), James blew one of the best Jazz hurricane I ever saw live. More than 2 hours of Coltrane's furor, mixed with some of his own compositions. Sweet, harsh, soft, aggressive, funny, emotional, a word free! A symphony of atmospheres to also enjoy courtesy of ArteLiveTv for a few weeks.

September 7, 2014

Issac Delusion - Isaac Delusion

This one was released just before the summer, but has only been flowing like water on my decks these last few weeks. Better late than never to recommend it to you on the blog, as it's definitely one of my favorite release in the indie/electro/pop space this year.

Poetic, delicate, melancholic, energetic...French band Issac Delusion first self-titled LP is effectively all this...and more.

Surfing on Jules, Nicolas & Bastien warm electro/pop sound, Loic's ethereal Patrick Watson-like voice brings the project one step further. From modern folk atmospheres to housy moments, a truly cohesive album you should not miss out!

Full streaming on Deezer, extract below:

Sorti juste avant l'été, le premier album du quatuor français Isaac Delusion tourne seulement depuis quelques semaines sur mes platines. Mieux vaut tard que jamais pour vous le recommander, puisqu'il est un de mes gros coups de coeur 2014 dans la catégorie indie/electro/pop.

Poétique, délicat, mélancolique, énergique...le disque est tout ça à la fois, et bien plus en fait. Surfant sur l'impeccable son electro/pop de Jules, Nicolas et Bastien, la voix aérienne du chanteur Loic, très Patrick Watson-esque, propulse le projet dans une autre dimension, pleine de grâce. Entre passages "modern folk", et moments fleurant bon une deep house chaleureuse, l'album ne lâche jamais un fil directeur rêveur. A ne pas rater!

Streaming intégral via Deezer, extrait ci-dessus.