With the European Parliament election approaching at high speed it's inevitable we meditate a bit on what being European really means, especially on this day and age of paradoxal globalisation/individualism intertwining. The ever-present ghost of dangerous nationalisms tainting the horizon with yet another concern regarding our collective future as human beings — and as living things as well, since the true apocalyptic race is actually between the damage we've done to the earth and the damage we've done to ourselves as a society —, one can only hope the election serves as a valuable departing point for rethinking agreements over conflicts, and bridges over borders.

But not everything is as dark as it seems: in spite of its rather turbulent current social politics, France keeps providing us with exciting new music which I carefully select every other month for you guys. This edition also marks the return of the one, the only, the magnificent Pedro Ponte and his fab custom illustrations — be sure to check out more of his work here and here. So no matter how tired/busy/hungover you might be on May 26th, put the Bonjour Motherfuckers' playlist on repeat, and get your ass out there and VOTE.

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Juniore share new single 'En Solitaire'

After having conquered our hearts with their 2018 mini-LP Magnifique (and the numerous UK/EU dates that followed its release), Anna, Samy, and Swanny a.k.a. Juniore are back with a couple of brand new tracks to get us properly psyched for their forthcoming new album, due out in the fall. 'En Solitaire' is their newest single, a Françoise Hardy-does-Purple Haze sunkissed tune which is out now via Outré, backed with live favourite 'Ah Bah D'Accord'. The 7'' vinyl is due out on on June 28th.

L'Epée release debut EP Dreams

One of the most exciting debut releases of the season is undoubtedly Dreams, the first EP from supergroup L'Epée that gathers Anton Newcombe (The Brian Jonestown Massacre), Lionel & Marie Limiñana (The Limiñanas), and Emmanuelle Seigner. Recorded in Cabestany (France) and at Anton’s Cobra Studio in Berlin, Dreams is an acid-drenched yé-yé adventure in a classy retro fashion — something properly showcased by the vintage-looking video for the title-track you can see above. They play Levitation France in September so here's another pretext to a trip to Angers in the fall.

We Only Said share video for 'Messy Artist'

Hailing from Rennes are We Only Said, who in spite of being no newcomers to the scene (their debut album was released ten years ago) have somehow managed to lay quite low — at least internationally. However, who's to say that their forthcoming new LP doesn't change this? Previewed by single 'Messy Artist' — a Pal Partha Vogelbacher cover from the San Francisco-based band's 2006 album Shrill Falcons —, My Oversoul is due out on May 24th via Les Disques Normal and is definitely worth a listen.

Sweat Like An Ape! release new album Spells That Rhyme

Sometimes a twist of afro-tropicalism is just what you need in your funk-punk drink, and Bordeaux-based Sweat Like An Ape! know it well. Uncanny in its mix of influences that range from Northern England new wave ska-lite to Victor Uwaifo's joromi sounds, Spells That Rhyme was recorded at Guitare & Créations last December by Marie Savignat, its artwork coming from Belgium cartoonist Brecht Evens under the form of an illustration titled Age Of The Lizard Men. You can stream the LP in full via bandcamp; it's out now on Platinum Records.

Vaudou Game unveil video for 'La Chose'

If you missed Vaudou Game's excellent third album OTODI when it came out last October, you should wrap your ears around it immediately. The French-via-Togo collective's addictive afro-funk sound makes them one of the most exciting live acts around, so let recently-shared video for 'La Chose' serve as an introductory taster to their music. Check it out above, and keep an eye on their Facebook page as they're currently adding new dates to their summer tour.

Brighten up your Spring with the ongoing Bonjour Motherfuckers playlist which you can stream/subscribe below (you should also check season one here). And don't forget to tune into ruc.pt for the radio version of the column, which usually goes live on the first Thursday after the column gets published, during morning show Café Olé.