Like many of its cultural offerings, France has provided a richness to House music, a certain Je ne sais quoi; Daft Punk, Cassius, Stardust then later the likes of Bob Sinclar, Étienne de Crécy, Benjamin Diamond and Modjo. ‘French Touch’ - the phrase coined during the late 80’s became an expression that would sit within French folklore until the late 90’s.
The New French Wave…
This spotlight, however, looks forward instead of backward. New talents, new ideas, new methodology and a new hunger to experiment and drive sonics and culture forward. The new French wave. This new generation of artists, creatives, label owners, promoters, and everything else in between are informed but not necessarily influenced by its former years. French flair still runs throughout, but with some added 2020 autonomy, independent, no-permission-needed and can-do approach.
Inside you’ll discover a world of new music. From the jazzy house, disco and garage inspired sounds of Matthieu Faubourg to Happiness Therapy’s Crowd Control. Folamour’s FHUO and Moonrise Hill Material imprints through to Pont Neuf’s Cosmonection and Tour-Maoubourg.
Looking for something with a slightly harder more rave-orientated edge? Then be sure to check out Paris-based label, AOC Records where you’ll find a world of releases from the likes of Bellaire and Georges. There’s more from Valentin, Lyon-based DJ Mangabey, Knuckle G and Parisien label De la Groove (co-founded by B.K Mik and Le Hutin) and music from Chat Noir Rec, Frappe, Groovence, Groove Boys Project Records and Coquelicot Records.
Djoon livestream with Crowd Control:
Tour-Maubourg @ Hallo Montag:
Folamour | Boiler Room x FLY Open Air 2019
Bellaire & Georges - Absolutely [Live Session]