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Monday, January 31, 2011

[ZAZIE 24/7] Lundi - Zazie et moi : le fan de sa vie (ou presque)

A gauche : Zazie / A droite : un mec qui aime Zazie / Au milieu : des fraises Tagada.
Titre du jour : La fan de sa vie (album La Zizanie, 2001)

Rencontrer des artistes, c'est la plupart du temps un plaisir. Pour peu qu'on arrive à créer un minimum de connivence, ce qui n'est pas systématique mais néanmoins loin d'être difficile, on a souvent de bien belles surprises. J'estime avoir été chanceux depuis mes débuts de blogueur-musical-non-influent-mais-passionné, même si mon tableau de chasse n'a pas encore de quoi impressionner. Mon luxe, c'est surtout de pouvoir choisir de ne rencontrer que des artistes qui m'intéressent a priori même si l'inconnu a parfois du bon.

Il y a ceux que l'on découvre, que l'on a l'occasion de croiser, avec qui l'on échange. Et puis il y ceux que l'on espère pouvoir rencontrer. Ceux que l'on suit depuis toujours, qui signifient quelque chose. Une admiration mêlée d'une certaine appréhension : et si l'on était déçu ? Si l'image que l'on se faisait était écornée par la réalité ?

Saturday, January 22, 2011

[INTERVIEW] Jenifer : "On ne m'a jamais rien imposé"


Mon histoire avec ce curieux album a commencé de manière surprenante. Un jour, j'ai reçu un mail intitulé "petite trouvaille", contenant lien pour écouter un titre de d'une "nouvelle artiste nouvellement signée, qui a bossé avec des noms pointus de l'électro-pop". Intrigué, je découvre une petite bombe pop en français, funky et au texte plutôt amusant. Sauf que la voix m'est familière. Ayant entendu parler d'un nouveau projet de Jenifer je tente ma chance auprès de mon interlocutrice au sein du label. Bingo, "Je Danse" annonce le quatrième album studio de la première gagnante de la Star Academy.

Un virage certain, étonnant, risqué mais artistiquement payant. Si les premiers tubes un peu mièvres de la chanteuse n'étaient pas plus votre came que la mienne, vous risquez de devoir vous avouer vaincus. Appelle-Moi Jen est un bien beau disque de pop française, ambitieux, à la production léchée mais jamais prétentieuse. La voix de son interprète est mieux utilisée que par le passé, et l'on n'est plus dans la performance de type staracdémicien. Plutôt dans l'espièglerie joueuse et les fausses minauderies souvent sexy. On regrette donc d'autant plus le succès très mitigé du disque (au vu de sa mise en place à 100 000 exemplaires), qui a sans doute dérouté une partie de la fan base de l'artiste. C'est peut être une bonne chose finalement.

Dire qu'on va rencontrer "Jenifer" c'est s'exposer aux blagues pas très fines de ceux qui se pensent toujours un peu plus cools que les autres. C'est aussi l'occasion de vérifier s'il y a quelqu'un au delà du livret de l'album. La réponse est sans conteste positive. Jenifer est une jeune femme d'emblée sympathique. Certes dans le cadre de la promotion d'un album c'est souvent le cas, mais on ressent une réelle implication, une envie jamais feinte de défendre son travail et surtout une chaleur sincère. Certes, le feu de cheminée qui brûlait tout près y était sûrement pour quelque chose, mais l'accueil n'est pas toujours aussi agréable.


En fait Jenifer, c'est un peu la fille avec qui l'on a une folle envie "d'enfiler des verres de vodka", comme elle le chante dans l'excellent premier single de l'album, ou de prendre un thé devant la cheminée en discutant comme on le ferait avec une bonne copine. Trente-cinq minutes, c'est court, mais quand vous les passez avec elle, il en résulte une longue discussion.

[NEW] Neon Hitch - Get Over U


So the best song of 2011 so far is... Neon Hitch's Get Over U. Well it didn't take long to get an awesome bouncy and perfect pop track to get obsessed about, did it? Written by Sia, the song is highly reminiscent of Robyn's sound, which can only be good. It's an instant and clever tune with an highly addictive power.

Neon Hitch has been around without getting very far for quite some time, but if she has other jams like this one to offer, I'll welcome her to the Golden Pop Circle with open arms. 

Listen to the track below. I would be surprised if you didn't fall in love. I'm hooked.

Monday, January 17, 2011

[CONTEST] 5 Take That "Progress" albums to win!


Take That's latest album as five-piece band is really good. I even put it in my top 30 records of 2010 list. Progress is an ambitious and clever record that proves that bands can evolve and grow into credible acts even if their early years were not really letting you expect that. 

To celebrate the fact that they've sold shitloads of it in the UK and Europe in general, their French label AZ/Universal are giving me the opportunity to have you win one of 5 albums we're giving away. You can play from wherever you live in the world.

To get a chance to win, simply answer the following question : 

Name two of the four other albums the producer of Progress also worked on in 2010.
(three of them have been mentionned intensively on the blog)

To enter the contest, simply tweet me the correct answer (@itspop with the hashtag #ProgressItsPop) or Facebook it (www.facebook.com/itspop) or send me an e-mail

You have until Friday January 21st 11:59 pm GMT to enter!

You can follow AZ on Twitter: @LabelAZ

(visualisez ce billet en français en cliquant sur more more more) 

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

[INTERVIEW] Lykke Li: "I feel very different"


Interview disponible en français sur OWNImusic.com

I had the pleasure to meet the great Lykke Li during her promo trip to Paris a few weeks ago. Hot on the heels of the release of Get Some the first single off her second album Wounded Rhymes (due out on February 28th), she was getting ready to go on new adventures around the world, including promo trips and a massive tour that will take her all around the world in 2011.

I had the chance to hear all of Wounded Rhymes, and while it goes on with the electonic melancholy Lykke was displaying on her debut Melodies and Desires, it seems like a breath of fresh air in her work. Stongly influenced by the context in which she created it (about which you can read below), the album manages to sound very personal and universal at the same time. I will tell you more about it closer to the release, but for now, here's what Lykke Li has to say about life, inspiration, what it means to be Swedish or the state of the current music industry.

Here's a Lykke-themed Spotify playlist you can listen to while you read the interview!

Monday, January 10, 2011

[FREE DOWNLOAD] Yelle - Safari Disco Club


After watching Yelle play a few new tracks alongside some from her debut album a few weeks ago, it was high time the campaign for her forthcoming second studio offering Safari Disco Club started rolling.

With the unveiling of the eponymous track, it’s shaping up well. The track is a fun (yet slightly annoying vocally, but that’s nothing new with Yelle) and bouncy tribal-electro-pop track with enough power to have you on your feet in a matter of seconds.
I’m quite disappointed she is teaming with the atrocious Katy Perry as the California Gurl’s opening act, but I dig the fact she’s going at it internationally even more than the first time.

Plus she’s sounds pretty good live, thanks to a great two-man band that gives her nice little pop songs a great beating edge. She’ll give the vocally-disabled Perry a run for her money.

Put your leopard jacket on and meet me in the savannah for a hand-in-the-air disco-party.

Listen below and download for free... The album's out on March 14th.

[NEW!] Britney Spears - Hold It Against Me


The new Britney single, Hold It Against Me is now available for you to hear. It's highly disappointing, very cheap and Cascada-esque on first listen. It's not a grower since it's very immediate, but quite frankly it's immediatly bad. I'm super disappointed since I was expecting something brilliant and groundbreaking à la Blackout. Let's hope the album is better.

Saturday, January 08, 2011

[BEST OF 2010] The top 5 EPs of the year

They're not singles, they're not albums (even though some of them are better than most albums) but they're awesome nonetheless. I didn't know how to include them in my top 30 albums or singles lists, so I decided to make one specifically for my favourite EPs of the year. Some very promising stuff I hope to see take off in 2011. 

Here's a Spotify playlist to listen to all those musical treats! 

 

1. Florrie - Introduction EP

Drummer for the Xenomania in-house band, model, songwriter and singer. Florrie is shaping up to be quite an amazing popstar, with absolutely amazing pop tracks reminiscent of Girls Aloud's best releases. More good points : a great personality emanates from her, and she's really convincing live. My hottest pick for the year to come. (Get the EP for free on Florrie's very good website).


2. Brigitte - Battez-Vous EP

These two eccentric French ladies have had their share of experience with past projects, but their association seems like the best idea ever. Their unique, glamourous and sometimes hilarious universe, coupled with an incredible stage presence, create an immediate love the songs just confirm. Don't miss them.


3. Alex Gardner - EP
Alex is one of those wannabe popstars that didn't get the success he deserved because of an almost non-existing promo campaign. Too bad, his debut EP (that was released in a few countries only) showcases a great talent, a suprinsingly deep and mature voice for a 18 year old, and super catchy and addictive pop songs. Let's hope his second shot at popstardom is more successful, it would be a waste to see him go away from the music scene.


4. Gravitonas - Kites, The Hypnosis & Coliseum EPs

This slightly od twosome comes from Sweden and offers a very exciting electro pop sound theyr released in the for of three EPs (a bit like Robyn, yeah!), almost making a perfect debut album. A few softer and quiter tracks make up for a couple of sometimes larger-than-life songs that makes them sound a bit like a modern-day Queen. Great great body of work anyway.


5. Charles Pasi - Uncaged EP

This super-talented French harmonica player, songwriter and singer is bound for great things if his debut EP is anything to go by. He's got incredible performing skills which make his jazzy-funky-poppy tracks even more enjoyable. Watch out for him in 2011, he could be one of the brightest new stars of the year.

Also check out : Birdy Hunt, a Paris-based 6 piece rock band that made quite an impression with their debut EP, which you can get for free on their website.
 

[BEST OF 2010] The top 30 albums of the year


Here's my late post of my favourite albums of 2010. As you might have guessed if you're a regular reader, my #1 album of the year is Robyn's Body Talk, probably the best collection of flawless pop songs on a very long time.

What are your favourites? Feel free to comment and add your suggestions.

Here's a Spotify playlist I made with my favourite tracks of each album.

Find out who made the top 30 after the jump!