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Aline – Je bois et puis je danse

Space Age Bachelor Pad Music

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La Femme – Sur La Planche

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Vive l’été!

Quand je suis sur la planche, tout est bon.

Et quand nous sommes sur la planche ensemble, alors…c’est comme nous sommes le monde, et rien d’autre existe.

La Femme – Sur La Planche

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JHAS – Pain Au Chocolat

pain au chocolate

“Ou est la bibliotheque?” used to be the go-to French phrase for Americans. The most basic of useful phrases, that just about every tourist needs on a trip to the City of Light or the beaches of Marseille: “Where is the library?” Because an integral part of any visit to France is to get lost amidst long-forgotten tomes dating back to the days when Saint Etienne still stood majestic on L’ile de France.

Why admire the astronomical clock of Strasbourg, the beaches of Normandy, even Le Tour Eiffel itself, when a venerable library is close at hand?

Many a tutorial CD (or, now, MP3) still leads off with a lesson about Jacques and Marie struggling to find a bathroom, pay a check or find the ever-present library. But more and more, the phrase du jour is trending in a less scholarly direction.

Pain Au Chocolat. What intellectual knows not this foreign delicacy? What high end café charges less than $12 for one (made with imported Belgian chocolate, of course)?  And what airport café has less than 100 frozen in the back?

Luckily for us, JHAS doesn’t toy with stale loaves. This 20 year-old Swede serves us his fresh take on the classic standby. Sample this delectable track, and keep a napkin handy.

JHAS – Pain Au Chocolat

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Walter Sobcek – Milkshake d’Amour

Milkshake d'Amour

C’est vraiment le son classique de Paris.

I’ve often heard people say that some words are impossible to translate. Like Backpfeifengesicht. That’s German, and it means “a face that should be slapped.”

YES.

This principle holds true in music too. If you don’t live in the Bay Area, you can’t make a real hyphy track. If you aren’t from Korea, your K-Pop will never taste right. And if you aren’t a mustachioed, cigarette puffing Frenchman, you shouldn’t even try to produce French House (without a doubt the laziest genre designation in some time)

Walter Sobcek is two people. They are both French. Voila.

C’est tout.

Walter Sobcek – Milkshake d’Amour

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Saint Michel – Katherine (Lifelike Remix)

Today I’m packing Part I of my stuff as I prepare to move back from Bogotá to Santo Domingo in January. As I do this, it is my will to turn back time a bit so my 9 months here last a little longer. That’s why I dug three months back into my music archive for a song that brought some of the best memories of my time living in this amazing city. That’s what brings us to this joint, which was the most abused track on my iTunes three months ago. I hit it the same way it hits me – In the heart and the feet.

Meet Katherine, remixed in a way that couldn’t get any more french. Both the dynamic duo Saint Michel and Lifelike are all french and the disco housed funk in this track is all that is good with french electronic music. It’s a friday tune, so it has a kick, and oh is it a serious one. Right from the get-go you can feel the song’s mean energy, and the good thing is it doesn’t let go of you until the end. There’s a really big chance that if you hit play before reading this post, by now, you are at least tapping your feet to the rhythm.

The song was released last september and it is one of the most sought after french nu disco releases of this year’s last quarter.

“Katherine, the princess all die
Only fairy tales we’ve tried,
Don’t know who I am
Katherine, I wish you to be mine.”

Saint Michel – Katherine (Lifelike Remix)

 

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Brigitte Bardot – Tu Veux Ou Tu Veux Pas

I’ve been listening to a lot of ’60’s French Pop and ran into this amazing song about one of the worlds most common creatures – the flip flopper. While a serious topic indeed this song makes light of the consistently inconsistent nature of some people and I couldn’t agree more with that approach. Recently I’ve been feeling like Peter from Office Space, I got hypnotized and realized just how much we worry about some things that do nothing to help whatever problems or issues we may be having. I’m going start treating life like the interview with the Bob’s…

La vie! pour moi elle est magnifique
Faut pas que tu la compliques
Par tes hésitations”

I’m starting to see that life is about love and that doesn’t really leave much room for anything else. Give it however you can, if it gets reciprocated cool if not still give it, if it gets misunderstood make it clear and if they don’t want it give it to someone who does. I guess it’s more a state of being than an understanding so it’s hard for me to explain.

I wish that we could talk about it, but there that’s the problem.” – LCD Soundsystem

Anyways, Bardot is a former model, actress, singer and animal rights activist most famous for her role in the controversial film by Roger Vadim Et Dieu… créa la femme (And God Created Women). While extremely vauge and playful, there’s something about this songs lyrics that just makes sense of the people who think so much they can’t feel and feel so much they can’t think. La vie!

Brigitte Bardot – Tu Veux Ou Tu Veux Pas

Florence + The Machine – Rabbit Heart-Raise It Up (Switch Remix)

Tu veux ou tu veux pas
Toi tu dis noir et après tu dis blanc
C’est noir c’est noir
Oui mais si c’est blanc c’est blanc
C’est noir ou blanc
Mais ce n’est pas noir et blanc
C’est comme ci ou comme ça
Ou tu veux ou tu veux pas

La vie, oui c’est une gymnastique
Et c’est comme la musique
Y a du mauvais et du bon
La vie, pour moi elle est magnifique
Faut pas que tu la compliques
Par tes hésitations

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Jacqueline Taieb – 7 Heures du Matin

The Ye-Ye movement was emblematic of the French 60s. With singers such as France Gall, Francoise Hardy or Sylvie Vartan, they represented a musical style very French, beautiful, innocent and naive to a provocative manner. Gainsbourg (already) was behind a few of them and composed playfully lyrics for them. France Gall famously sang “Annie loves lollipops, aniseed lollipops, when the sweet liquid runs down Annie’s throat, she is in paradise” with a voice lovely of candor…

One of the lesser known artist of the Ye-Ye movement is Jacqueline Taieb. Born in Tunisia, she moved to France early and quickly became a singer. The song below was her first hit at only 19. Called “7am” it is the story of a young student waking up early (at 7am) and detailling her fascination for Paul McCartney who she wishes could help her complete her homework.

Here again, you will see the naive accent and – honestly – can you resist her when she sings Elvis Presley?

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Jacqueline Taieb – 7 Heures du Matin

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Kelley Polar – A Dream In Three Parts (on themes by Enesco)

Kelley Polar est un ancien violoniste/compositeur classique qui a crée ce site internet et a commencer a crée de la musique Space age love. A dream in three parts est un des morceux de cet album, vraiment sorti de l’ordinaire, même si l’album ne manque pas de bons morceaux. Combinant toutes ses influences musicales, l’album est presque étrange (comme beaucoup de ses morceux précédants) mais cela dit très musical et engageant. La performance vocale peut sonner un peu fausse pour certains mais la projection des accords et les melodies nous font oublier ces petits défauts… Un des mes space age artistes favoris. Amusez-vous bien.

Kelley Polar – A Dream In Three Parts (on themes by Enesco)

P.S. Still rebuilding the site so if think you’ve seen some of these post before, it’s because you have… Trying to get back up to date after our evil hosting company Gisol Inc. stole the site from us.