Stranded Horse - previously known as Thee, Stranded Horse - is back with a new album on Talitres on 11 April, 'Humbling Tides'. Yann Tambour, formerly of Encre, continues his exploration of the kora under the influence of Mali's Ballaké Sissoko. Sissoko appears on the album, which also features a cover of The Smiths' 'What Difference Does It Make?' and violin arrangements from Joseph Roumier and Mansfield TYA's Carla Pallone.
The Oui Love tour, running from 14-20 May, sees Team Ghost (featuring former M83 man Nicolas Fromageau) and Anoraak teaming up for dates in Brighton, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and London. For the occasion the two bands have also remixed each other - you can listen to the results here, or buy them on a limited edition 7" released on Sonic Cathedral on Record Store Day (16 April).
This month's Rockfort column on The Quietus is now up, featuring an interview with Emmanuelle Parrenin talking hearing loss and creative reinvention, and a chat with Pierre-Antoine Grison aka Ed Banger's Krazy Baldhead about his Malian escapade, Donso.
Electro-pop starlet Yelle, Katy Perry's UK support act of choice, is also playing her own UK headline gig to support the release of her new album, 'Safari Disco Club'. On 26 March she'll be at Electrowerkz in Angel with In Flagranti, Douce Angoisse, Tiger Love and more and Rockfort has a pair of tickets to give away. Just send us a message here titled 'YELLE Comp' before noon on 21 March and we'll select a winner at random.
Electro chanteuse Anne B, who released her first album 'Outremanche' in 2010, has a couple of UK shows coming up, first at the Man on the Moon in Cambridge on 12 March and then at the Folk House in Bristol on 27 March.
The uncategorisable GaBLé are back with a new album, CuTe HoRSe CuT, on Loaf Recordings on 11 April. It sees the group experimenting with a more polished, accessible sound while losing none of their unique charm. As a taster, the band have made a free download, BuNCH, available here.
Rockfort is branching out with a new monthly column on one of the best music sites around, The Quietus. The first one takes a look at Turzi and his Pan European Recordings label as well as the fabulous Ray Bartok.
Rockfort has a pair of tickets to give away for a great triple-bill on 24 March at the Institut Français in London. Pop sophisticate Arnaud Fleurent-Didier is joined by bluesy Senegalese singer Tété and Claude Muno. To enter, just send us a message here titled 'IF COMP' before noon on 20 March and a winner will be selected at random.
The new album from dark electronic pop trio Cercueil is called 'Eurostrate' and it's out in France on 3 March. The follow up to 'Shoo Straight Shout' was recorded at Toybox Studios in Bristol, mixed by Ali Chant (who has also worked with Gravenhurst and Scout Niblett) and mastered by Bob Weston. It's being trailed by the wonderfully poised 'After Dark', which you can listen to here, and you can also read our interview with the band here.
The new release from singer-songwriter Laetitia Shériff is a very limited album (only 300 copies) based on a soundtrack written for a 2009 run of Ibsen's Hedda Gabler at the Théâtral National de Tunis. She is joined on 12 wonderfully grainy, gritty, largely instrumental tracks by Thomas Poli, who produced and plays Moog and guitars, and jazz saxophonist François Jeanneau. It's called 'Often False' and you can listen to it in its entirety here.