Listen To Blow’s Brand New Single, ‘Shake The Disease’ Ft. Anna Majidson

French electronic pop band BLOW today release new single ‘Shake The Disease’, the title track from the Parisian trio’s forthcoming album, due for release late 2021.

Written both prior to and amidst France’s pandemic lockdown of the past 18 months, ‘Shake The Disease’ thrums with the anxiety and unease – articulated by Quentin Guglielmi (vocals), Thomas Clairice (bass, formerly a touring member of Her) and Jean-Etienne Maillard (guitar) – of staring down your 30s in an increasingly unsettled world. Whilst Quentin’s confessional lyrics often hold a mirror up to a generation increasingly forced to question everything, across the new album BLOW’s songwriting is suffused with thick, elastic grooves borne out of an enriching new collaboration with Crayon. For the album’s woozy, languorous title track, BLOW are joined by Anna Majidson of French duo HAUTE.

Speaking about the intention behind ‘Shake The Disease’, BLOW say: “This is not a love song. It’s a call for help written during a complicated time where we were losing our marks. We naturally thought of Anna to perform and embody one of the two characters in the track’s narrative. We love her voice which was perfect to bring warmth and sensuality to the track, which she effortlessly did. We’re very proud and happy to have her on the album.

As with their debut album & EPs, the lyrics across Shake The Disease are English in their entirety – a by-product of BLOW’s tendency towards English and American influences including Moderat, Jungle, and The xx. Whilst both Thomas & Jean-Etienne are traditionally conservatoire trained – originally meeting as roommates at Nancy’s Music Academy International – the new album is dominated by a collective love of hip-hop, particularly for rap obsessives Thomas & Crayon.

Check out the video for ‘Shake The Disease’ below…

Penelope Antena Delivers Touching Piece, ‘Back To Say’

Belgian and French singer/songwriter PENELOPE ANTENA is carving out her own genre melding path that has garnered praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, Marie Claire and France Inter. Her mother is renowned singer Isabelle Antena (a pioneer of Electro Samba) and her grandfather is jazz pianist Marc Moulin (the reason Blue Note opened its EU headquarters, and who was sampled by the likes of Jay Dilla).

Her touching ballad, ‘Back to Stay’, which is taken from her glowing sophomore effort, Beamorose (out 19th August on Youngbloods), adapts folk, Americana, and gospel sensibilities. A powerful cover of John Martyn’s 1967 single, Penelope’s soaring vocal work and free-flowing piano arrangement emphasizes the original heartfelt character, casting a resonant ode to lasting love in the face of inevitable change.

Here’s your chance to listen to Penelope’s version of ‘Back To Say’ below…

French Producer Blastar Comes Through With Brand New Track, ‘Solo’

Following the release of powerful melodic afrobeat track, ‘Exile’, a tribute to South African singer and activist Miriam ‘Mama Africa’ Makeba, multiplatinum French producer, BLASTAR follows up with an other Afrobeat banger, with a Rub-A-Dub style with latest, ‘Solo’.

Blastar has produced tracks for reggae/Dancehall heavyweights including, Beenie Man, Tyga and Admiral T, so this guy is no flaker; check him out below…

Song of the Day: Exile Tribute To Miriam Makeba – Blastar

The French multi-platinium producer BLASTAR, who worked with Beenie Man, Tyga, Admiral T and many more, is coming back with a powerful melodic afrobeat track titled ‘Exile’, a tribute to Miriam Makeba nicknamed Mama Africa, a South African singer and activist.

The theme is to put forward the greatness of Africa for the new Afro-descendant generation. Check out the official music video for the powerful single below…

Song of the Day: Give Thx – Joss Bari

As this is the day for reflection and gratitude, I thought I would share with you JOSS BARI‘s second single, ‘Give Thx’.

Sporting a laid-back (almost) afterhours vibe with sporadic electrifyingly tones, which gives the whole production some added spice, ‘Give Thx’ could be described as kind of a gospel song, where the French soul crooner express his gratitude for music being his saving grace.

Check out the music video for ‘Give Thx’ below. The track will form part of his upcoming debut album, ‘French Lova’, a melodic collection of hip-hop and contemporary R&B.