When: 7.30pm on Thursday 22 November 2012
Where: Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF
We’re exciting to be promoting the Manchester leg of Oui Love, one of only three UK dates featuring three of the hottest French bands of 2012.
Jupiter is a French-English duo based in Paris, who first met in London. The impact of disco and electro-funk on their music is a clear one, yet the band happily quotes a wider range of influences, such as Sly & Robbie, Beach House, Alan Parsons Project, Siriusmo or even the Beastie Boys. Their first single, Starlighter, caused quite a stir on the blogosphere when it came out in 2009. As a true underground anthem, it encompassed the fullness of the band: a rich blend of songwriting chic and dancefloor hedonism. Their remixes for Metronomy, Anoraak and Two Door Cinema Club all carried that same signature style. This handful of tracks drove them to appear on compilations by Ministry Of Sound, Valérie and eventually Kitsuné. The Parisian label moved on to release their two following singles: Saké, which topped electro charts for weeks in spring 2011, and a couple of months later Kass Limon, an electronic take on a forgotten tropical disco tune by Kassav’. On stage, the duo turns into a love triangle involving a third musician. Juicy Lucy, Jupiter’s debut album, was released this summer, and compresses their sound into 11 tracks: heavy beats, light vocals, sober yet chiseled production, sharp songwriting and melodic generosity. The record seamlessly bridges the gap between many genres: boogie funk, italo, neo disco, arena rock, psyche pop with a hint of dub & reggae. In late September 2012, a new EP for Juicy Lucy (Needs a Boogieman), including remixes by Little Boots, Punk Jumps Up (Kitsune) and Zimmer.
Juveniles‘ first digital EP came out by surprise early in June 2011. Since the revelation-like discovery, a lot of things have happened to the Juveniles. With two singles out on Kitsuné — We Are Young and the twirling Ambition — as well as a series of well-crafted remixes for Yelle, Stuck In The Sound and Is Tropical among others, the band imposed their own sound. Juveniles went on to explore the sounds of keyboards older than them, learnt their classics, covered the Smiths and dreamt of Manchester. With New Order as spiritual fathers, and Metronomy and Cut Copy as dream-godfathers, they honed their bewitching electronic pop, rich with an elastic beat and catchy choruses, and thought about their future without losing sight of the basics. As children of the post-punk era and freedom lovers, they have founded their own label, Paradis Records. Because they want to live their dream fully, they have become partners of the major AZ (Universal), in order to get the means of realising their ambitions. Twelve months was what the Juveniles needed to become, along with La Femme or Lescop, one of the leaders of the new French scene.
The warmth of pop, a sombre voice and the heat of the dancefloor are the defining features of Yan Wagner, a Franco-American who now settled in Paris, a modern young man ready to take off. His first single, Forty Eight Hours, extracted from his debut album of the same name (out November), has echoes of New Order. In the Parisian studio, Yan Wagner and Arnaud Rebotini piled up beatboxes and vintage synthetisers to record the album. From supporting some big names (Air, Goldfrapp, Midnight Juggernauts etc) to doing some creative remixes (Blackstrobe, Juveniles, Thieves Like Us), this Franco-American, who once imagined he would become a bar pianist, is starting to make a name for himself on French soil, after a remarkable appearance on the Kitsuné Parisian compilation, which provoked a sea of reviews from magazines & blogs around the world.
Manchester’s own French club night, Paris Is Burning, will be spinning records between the bands.
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