Donna Blue

Second album by Utrecht-based, Dutch retro-duo Donna Blue. In the new songs (in French and English) you still hear ye-ye and sweet 60s pop (Nancy & Lee), but in this interview (in Dutch) they say jazz, more specific bossa jazz (Laurindo Almeida, who made a FANTASTIC album with Stan Getz in 1966, one of my all time favorite records) is an influence. Not that much in the two French songs, of which the dreamy ‘Mains de l’amour’ a real gem.

Barbara Rivage

Second feature on French duo Barbara Rivage (Roxane Argouin, Vivien Tacinelli). The debut album ‘Tout sera beau’ is out, and it’s a cool one. Fresh, bit dark, danceable. I hear Les Rita Mitsouko as much as Françoise Hardy (as Clara Luciani, with lesser disco input), but these two aren’t copycats, no sir. Love Roxane’s low voice, the funky basslines, the electronics. Two examples of their greatness:

Bibi Club

Canadian duo Bibi Club are on my radar for quite some time, but oddly enough, I never posted about their upbeat indiepop on this blog. The duo formed by Adèle Trottier-Rivard and Nicolas Basque, they can be tender, emotional and very very joyous. It’s modern day pop music, with electronics, guitars, beats.

New single:

Anais MVA

New, tender single by Bruxelles-based Anais MVA. For lovers of acoustic heroines like Pomme (she has a new single out too, here), Salomé Leclerc, etc.

Francoiz Breut

Francoiz never fails. So many features already, all good. This GORGEOUS new single is such a gem:

Rau_Ze

Quebec R&B by duo Rau_Ze, who certainly made a very soulful track, with 80s synths, laidback funkrhythms and that lovely lazy voice of Rose Perron. If it gots to be funky:

Mira Zoff

Thanks to fellow French pop aficionado Steve J, here’s a small feature on Swiss singer Mira Zoff. Steve tipped me her EP, released last year, and the new single (alas not on Bandcamp). Mira has a soothing sweet voice, makes indie(ish) pop with nods to Vanessa Paradis and Feist. I’d say ‘Vampire’ is a step up from the charming EP. Mira’s one to watch.

Ëda Diaz

Something different, but something really beautiful now, this French track by French-Colombian bassist Ëda Diaz. Suave Bruta is her debut-album, with a modern feel (electronics, samples, etc) but nods to the great Afro-Colombian musical tradition too. Check out the catcy Al Pelo, to get a good taste. Really colourful album. The last song is a slow burner in French:

Corine BLF

Belgian singer Corine BLF released this early 00’s sounding, sensual and danceable track:

Joe la Panic

Paola Frankel, actress, singer, is Joe la Panic. She released an album in 2022 that had a slow jam/soul vibe. This new single is more in the realms of the neon-coloured Videoclub retro-80s synth pond. Still soulful, too. I like to see where this going: