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Jamie xx releases first
solo album "In colour"

 

Numéro meets Jamie xx, the electro music sensation discovered in 2005 with his band, The xx.

In his new album In Colour, out today, the young British artist invokes a sunny nostalgia whose hypnotic rhythms take you on an ecstatic voyage between subtle pop and ethereal electro.

Portrait of Jamie xx by Romain Bernardie James

Artwork of In Colour 

 

After starting out with the group The xx, it’s been success all the way for Jamie Smith.

 

Since then, under the pseudonym Jamie xx, the young British musician has made a name for himself remixing, including Adele’s Rolling in the Deep, Florence + the Machine’s You’ve Got the Love and culminating in his 2011 reinterpretation of the album I’m New Here by American legend Gil Scott-Heron. After producing tracks for Drake (a duet with Rihanna) and Alicia Keys, Jamie XX, at a little over 25 years old, has finally decided to bring out the début solo album that everyone’s been waiting for.

 

With In Colour, he sets the tone right away: the music is just as ethereal as ever, but evokes a sunnier, more joyful nostalgia that, far from anaesthetizing the senses, transmits a pure warm feel.

 

On a trip to Paris, Jamie xx concurred: “Escapism, dreaminess, and an alternative to daily life have always been features of the electro music I liked. The ambivalence between the melancholy of certain tracks – echoing the feeling of emptiness that everyone feels at some point in their lives – and the joy they bring when a whole crowd dances to them totally fascinates me. This contrast between melancholy and euphoria is at the heart of my music

Moodymann: urban myth or house music monster?
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Moodymann: urban myth or house music monster?

Music For many people, Moodymann is the true genius of 90s house music. As bonkers as he was sexist, this mysterious melody-maker from Detroit would hand out shots of vodka to the crowd mid-set before disappearing, transforming his story into an urban myth. The title of his new album, Sinner, wasn’t chosen by chance… For many people, Moodymann is the true genius of 90s house music. As bonkers as he was sexist, this mysterious melody-maker from Detroit would hand out shots of vodka to the crowd mid-set before disappearing, transforming his story into an urban myth. The title of his new album, Sinner, wasn’t chosen by chance…

Brooke Candy enlists Charli XCX and Maliibu Miitch for a sensual song
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Brooke Candy enlists Charli XCX and Maliibu Miitch for a sensual song

Music Powerful basses for a rhythm between rap and trap, raw and provocative lyrics, the sensual Brooke Candy presents her latest track "XXXTC", part of her album "SEXORCISM" which will be released later this year. Alongside the British singer Charli XCX and the Bronx rapper Maliibu Miitch, this latest hit is a lively collaboration. Powerful basses for a rhythm between rap and trap, raw and provocative lyrics, the sensual Brooke Candy presents her latest track "XXXTC", part of her album "SEXORCISM" which will be released later this year. Alongside the British singer Charli XCX and the Bronx rapper Maliibu Miitch, this latest hit is a lively collaboration.

The new wave explosion of Tears for Fears
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The new wave explosion of Tears for Fears

Music With six studio albums and more than 30 million records sold, Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, founders of Tears for Fears, ruled the new wave of the 1980s. This summer, the two musicians are touring all over Europe, including 3 dates in the UK on July 26 (in York), July 27 (in Durham) and July 28 (in Colchester). With six studio albums and more than 30 million records sold, Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, founders of Tears for Fears, ruled the new wave of the 1980s. This summer, the two musicians are touring all over Europe, including 3 dates in the UK on July 26 (in York), July 27 (in Durham) and July 28 (in Colchester).

Faka, the queer duo ruling over South Africa
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Faka, the queer duo ruling over South Africa

Music The Faka duo have made their mark as the figureheads of queer culture in South Africa. Sporting high heels, Desire Marea and Fela Gucci are celebrated for their “kwaito”, a sort of African rap diluted by a post-apartheid house. The Faka duo have made their mark as the figureheads of queer culture in South Africa. Sporting high heels, Desire Marea and Fela Gucci are celebrated for their “kwaito”, a sort of African rap diluted by a post-apartheid house.

Miley Cyrus, wild feminist in “Mother’s Daughter”
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Miley Cyrus, wild feminist in “Mother’s Daughter”

Music White, African-American, wheelchair-bound, transgender, overweight... a wide variety of women are represented in “Mother's Daughter”, Miley Cyrus’ new feminist music video, along with activist slogans and images.  White, African-American, wheelchair-bound, transgender, overweight... a wide variety of women are represented in “Mother's Daughter”, Miley Cyrus’ new feminist music video, along with activist slogans and images. 

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Tina Kunakey licks a woman in a Kim Chapiron music video

Music For the first music video of electro band Pink Noise, director Kim Chapiron (“Sheitan”, “Dog Pound”, “La crème de la crème”) unveils the most psychedelic and improbable video out now. There are Tina Kunakey and Molly Constable, hallucinogenic toads and lots of licking. For the first music video of electro band Pink Noise, director Kim Chapiron (“Sheitan”, “Dog Pound”, “La crème de la crème”) unveils the most psychedelic and improbable video out now. There are Tina Kunakey and Molly Constable, hallucinogenic toads and lots of licking.