C'est la vie: The French songs you need to hear right now
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L'Impératrice - Odyssée (Version acoustique)
Originally released as the title track of their 2015 EP, 'Odyssée' seems to sit that little bit nicer in acoustic. Making room for trailing panpipe solos and sweet flute interludes, the 90s French disco connoisseurs L'Impératrice strip back the electronics and allow the song to wrap you up in a wholesome embrace. That's not to say it won't still get you moving.
Polo & Pan - Canopée
This track is from the Le Baron residents' 2018 album Caravelle, which tells the story of wild, solar pop music from across the globe. 'Canopée' is one of the few tracks in the album sung in French, as the Anglophiles have found their audience in contemporary French electronics and English lyricism, but it still packs the ultimate punch. Bold percussive patterns carry this track and are the perfect ode to idleness in a world of chaos.
Thievery Corporation - La Force de Melodie (ft. LouLou Ghelichkhani)
The ultimate crowning jewel in Thievery Corporation's 2018 album Treasures from the Temple takes American lounge music, abstract jazz and embellishes with French lyricism. LouLou's sweetly-spoken words float above a mid-tempo beat which makes the perfect accompaniment to a night in the bath or a Sunday afternoon lazing in bed.
Burning Peacocks - Ondulation
Taken from a compilation album lead by French and Canadian beatmaker collective Tour De Manège, '
Jean Tonique & Bleu Platine - Un rêve à deux
Jean Tonique draws influence from 70s funk but manipulates its sounds in his own, organic way. His music is malleable like fresh dough and 9 times out of 10 produces the tastiest, fluffy loaf. 'Un rêve à deux' is one big delicious tiger bread bloomer.