You can tell that spring’s under way, and summer’s coming. The soulful, sultry songs are lining up. Take this track by Docile:

Sarah Maison

Heard Sarah on FIP Radio today, loved that deep voice. Bit like Fredda, or Francoise Hardy. This is the single, with Arabic influences. Quite good.

June & the Jones

J&tJ were featured here before, their new, danceable, yacht-y single needs exposure too. Not a real video yet, might be coming up. Love this beachy vibe:

Ariane Moffatt

Canadian songstress Ariane Moffatt just released a new album, the very tender ‘Incarnat’. The album feels like somebody caressing you with a feather boa. ‘Beauté’ is a gorgeous single. She also duets with Jane Birkin’s daughter Lou Doillon, in a cover of The Korgis ‘Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime’ in French.

Autour de Lucie

Autour de Lucie was one of the biggest 90s indie bands from France, who could measure up against the biggest Brit Pop and American indie bands. After a long period of silence, they started up again recently, this is a great new single.

Gainsbourg Forever (III)

March 24 marks the 50th birthday of ‘Histoire de Melody Nelson’. To celebrate, I made an extensive playlist with preludes, inspirations, songs that Jean-Claude Vannier & Gainsbourg made earlier, soundalikes, contemporaries and use of samples. It’s HERE on Spotify.

I wrote an article for Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant about HdMN, that piece was translated to English for THIS website.


Reymour is a Swiss duo (Lou on vocals, Luc on instruments), they live in Bruxelles, they’re on an Amsterdam based label and make eighties-wave inspired music. Heavy on bass and organs. Great stuff.