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The new MP3 blog from London's club Contact. The idea is to allow people to hear new music they wouldn't have otherwise found but, if anyone has any copyright issues with a particular song, i'll take the link down. Songs are only available for a limited amount of time.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

The new Nouvelle Vague album came out in England this week. As most of you will know, the debut saw a dozen classic post-punk / new wave songs given a bossa nova makeover by a handful of sultry "nouvelle scene Français " chanteuses. Far more than a novelty item, it was one of the most brilliantly realised pop records of recent years. Sadly, the follow-up, Bande A Part, never really hits the same heights. Despite apparently being influenced more by the Caribbean than Brazil this time, it sounds almost exactly the same and, as a result, a little predictable. The lack of the remarkable Camille doesn't help matters either. That said, it is still all rather lovely. An eerie Fade To Grey (Visage) and a charming interpretation of The Killing Moon (Echo & The Bunnymen) are two of the highlights.

Nouvelle Vague - The Killing Moon

One of the men behind the group is Olivier Libaux, a superb songwriter himself and a leading light in the NSF. His extremely odd concept album / musical about murder in a small town, L'Héroïne Au Bain, featured contributions from the almighty Lio and her little sister Helena Noguerra. The gorgeous xylophone-led title-track is a duet between the latter and her long-time collaborator Philippe Katerine. Think early Cardigans but French and stuck in a Miss Marple novel.

Olivier Libaux ft. Helena & Katerine - L'Héroïne Au Bain

As a bonus, having just watched Les Bleus beat Helena's native Portugal, i could hardly pass up the chance to post the magnificent Euro 2004. Philippe gives Noguerra a test on star players which she resolutely fails ("Thierry? Kluivert! Beckham? Pavel!") until she gets to Zizou. It was originally posted a long time ago on the awesome Blow-Up Doll.

Katerine & Helena - Euro 2004


  • At 12:07 pm, Blogger Adrian said…

    I love this Euro 2004 track. The random quizzing, the way the word "Zidane" is said, the "ouuuuuuuuuiiiiiiiiiiiii". It's all brilliant.


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