"French do it better" is an expression that keeps popping up on the different music related websites that I browse, and with good reason: The French DO make a lot of insanely cool electro music. This week I want to share three tracks with you, all from French artists. The music videos are also some of the best/funniest I have ever seen.
First off is a track that's not so much electro as it is rock. I'm usually not a fan of electronic rock as I feel in most cases 'electro rock bands' will drown the pure organic sound of rock instruments in a mess of distorted synthesizer noises and electro beats. It almost feels like they're trying to hide the fact that they're not that good... But sometimes, very rarely (when the moon is in the seventh house and Jupiter aligns with Mars...?), electro and rock seem to come together in perfect symbiosis. This French band (at least I think it's a band) Poney Poney have got a rocking tune which is made even better with simple and subtle electro effects. You'll know what I mean when you hear it. Also, the music video for this track is really funny and original in its simplicity.
Ed Banger Records is a French record company that is home to many famous electronic acts such as Cassius, SebastiAn, Justice, DJ Mehdi, Uffie, etc. It is run by Pedro Winter, who until 2008 was Daft Punk's manager. Needless to say, this record company is suffused with electronic awesomeness. Therefore, I must share with you some tracks that have been concocted in the magical cauldrons of this electro factory extraordinaire. First off, a DJ called SebastiAn and this lovely lovely music video for his track Embody.
Finally, a track by DJ Mehdi called Signatune. This version is has been given the Midas Touch of the electro deity that is Thomas Bangalter - one half of Daft Punk. The song is quite dramatic and almost a bit sombre, which is conveyed brilliantly by the exquisite accompanying music video. However, this does not take away the awesomeness and power from the track, which is made even 'rawer' (and more awesome in my biased opinion) by Thomas Bangalter's remix. I recommend you turn the volume up a little bit more and enjoy the track.