French Revolution nights are back with new, free monthly nights beginning this Wednesday when dance punks Adam Kesher, together with Hal Flavin and Inborn as well as the French Revolution DJs, play the Queen of Hoxton. You can keep up to date on French Revolution nights and hear new mixes here.
Dance prodigy Paul Régimbeau - Mondkopf - has dropped the follow-up to his debut Galaxy of Nowhere. While the productions are as hymnal as before, Rising Doom sees Régimbeau upping the intensity levels (under the influence of contemporary metal, apparently) and the air of gothic gloom. You can listen to it here.
Rockfort is putting on two nights of French music, on 8 June in Cambridge and 9 June in Brixton, with Stranded Horse as the headline act. Lisbonne (led by Marie Merlet from Monade) will be the support for both, with electro-acoustic experimentalists Partial Gathering joining the line-up in London. Rockfort DJs will also be there for both, playing the finest French tunes from the 50s to the present day. read more...
This month's Rockfort column for The Quietus in now online, looking at 15 years of Bertrand Burgalat's Tricatel label, which has released records by BB himself as well as Michel Houellebecq, Count Indigo, AS Dragon and actress Valérie Lemercier.
Serge Gainsbourg's 'Gainsbourg Percussions' is being reissued by the 4 Men With Beards label. They are billing it "the first ethno pop album ever"; what is certain is that, in 1964, it was Gainsbourg's most consistent and innovative album to date and features several of his most enduring, and endearing, songs including 'Pauvre Lola' and 'New York - USA' (on which he lists the names of buildings in New York).
'Anti-folk' singer Jean-Luc le Tenia died on 3 May 2011 at the age of 37. Over a recording career that began in 1996, le Tenia (real name Jean-Luc Lecourt) put out around 1500 songs. Only two months before his death, Lecourt made a song called 'Jean-Luc est mort' available online, and he also proclaimed himself 'Le meilleur chanteur français du monde.'
The Great Escape festival in Brighton, which runs from 13-16 May, has another strong line-up of French acts this year, with GaBLé, Nlf3, Mondkopf (pictured) and Cascadeur all playing shows, as well as Team Ghost, Anoraak, Housse de Racket and Black Devil Disco Club aka veteran electro producer Bernard Fevre. There are more details here and here, and you can listen to a Spotify playlist of the acts here.
There's a big line-up of French (and honorary French) electronic acts at Koko on 23 April, including Yuksek, Brodinski and Uffie as well as always-entertaining provocateurs Sexy Sushi. Tickets can be obtained here.
Emboe aka Emmanuel Boeuf lives in Paris and plays guitar in noise rock band Sons of Frida. Emboe's album is the soundtrack to a short film from 2010, 'Colita de Rana', by French director Lata Masud. In a Neil Young/'Dead Man' fashion, Boeuf recorded the music live while watching the film, and the tracks move from sheer white noise-outs to more reflective, piano-led moments like the 'fast' and 'slow' versions of 'A Mi Hiro Querido'. It's out on 18 April on the Zero = Petit Intérieur label; more info here.