A band that have impressed me of late are Parisian soul stylists French Boutik. They describe their music as "La Nouvelle pop Moderniste" and have a brand new pair of 45's out on 6 September entitled Ici Paris. The tunes in question are released on copaseDisques and capture a pop sensibility mixed with a Gallic charm that grows on you with each play. I can hear elements of northern soul and classic British beat, combined with Gainsbourg-esque songwriting and a deftness of delivery. The band - Zelda, Serge, Elian, Iky, Gabs - have produced a promo video that oozes with quality and Parisian cool. It's just what you need to put you in the mood for catching the Eurostar and checking out the Left Bank.
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More French brilliance to come in the next few days. Watch this space.
To paraphrase Roger Daltrey at the start of Live At Leeds, this is my first blog entry for a very long time. So what better way to start the new term? Where else than with those favourites of this blog The Moment. We've featured them many times before but special mention needs to go to their recent release on Plastic Pop. It's a four track ep boasting all brand new Adrian Holder compositions that are rammed full of soulful harmonies, infectious grooves and crashing guitar - as the band so accurately put it "the only truth is music". The tunes are You Are Free, Be My Lady, Minor Emergency and Daisy Chain. This is the foot stomping, floor filing, flame burning prowess of Minor Emergency.