Review: If you've not previously heard of Brigitte Barbu, don't worry - it's a brand-new alias from one of electronic music's true originals, eccentric French producer Julien Auger AKA mutant house maestro Pepe Bradock. This first album from the project is undeniably thrilling, and not just because Auger rarely bothers with full-length excursions. Packed with strange electro-acoustic noises, off-kilter instrumentation and trippy, brain-melting sounds, it combines occasional abstract, off-kilter hip-hop beats with spaced-out and unusual aural textures, out-of-this-world ambient movements, and a wide palette of bizarre-but-brilliant samples that reference everything from dusty jazz and surging neo-classical movements, to Hawaiian pedal steel music and the modular experiments of the BBC's Radiophonic Workship. In a word: inspired.
Review: Three years on from the release of his last solo album, Noze co-founder Ezechiel Pailhes returns with an album of impressive cheeriness. While the music is a jaunty blend of bouncy synths, soft focus house grooves, lo-fi jazz drums, ear-catching piano lines and head-nodding hip-hop beats, it's the (mostly French) lyrical content that will raise most eyebrows. Pailhes' singing voice has always been emotive and poetic-sounding, but rarely has he actually used it to deliver lyrics based on actual poems. On "Oh!" he utilizes verses from a wide range of writers and poets, including William Shakespeare, Victor Huge, Pablo Neruda and Marceline Desbordes-Valmore.