Listen, I get it. It's easy to look at the world around you and feel discouraged. From more or less explicit bigotry to plain lazy ignorance, there's plenty to choose from when it comes to a reason for giving up and accepting we're meant to self-destroy sooner or later. And yes, I do get a bit tired (and annoying, I'm told) of playing the optimist, but frankly, are there any other options?

June is supposed to be a month to celebrate tolerance and diversity, and we sometimes tend to forget there's never been a bigger need to do so. All the prejudice that's been hiding underneath sheep clothing for the last few years was bound to come out eventually, but that's actually a good thing: it makes it easier for us to fight it now that it's become visible.

So be nice to one another, celebrate love in its every shape and form, stay hydrated, and don't forget to recycle. Here's a selection of awesome new music to help.


PAALMA release debut EP Paalma Welcomes You

There's s special kind of sound that instantly evokes the mellow lightheadedness that comes with a sunstroke, and PAALMA seem to emulate it quite well with 'Ping-Pong', the opening track of their debut offering Paalma Welcomes You. Released last month via Les Paalmiers/Kidding Aside, the EP comprises five cosmic-coloured tracks from the Paris-based quartet whose presence will be mandatory in any fuzz-filled summer playlist. You can stream it now in full via Soundcloud.

It's Sunday share video for 'Comme Un Fool'

And now a little something for all of you nostalgic shoegazers in the back: Parisian duo It's Sunday have unveiled the visuals for 'Comme Un Fool', the newest single from their debut LP Tissue Issues which is out now via Howlin Banana Records. Heavily influenced by heavyweights such as My Bloody Valentine or The Jesus and Mary Chain (for whom they opened last year at Le Trianon), Lucas and Dawnie are shown through a series of analog-looking stills on the new clip, which goes splendidly with the slightly vintage-sounding tune.

Cosmo Vitelli returns with Holiday in Panikstrasse Part 1

French-born, (currently) Berlin-based producer and DJ Benjamin Boguet a.k.a. Cosmo Vitelli has just put out the first volume of a two-part LP he's releasing via German label Malka Tuti. Holiday in Panikstrasse Part 1 gathers four tracks which navigate the seemingly unrelated waters of post-punk, electronica, kraut, and pop, and that see Boguet collaborating with the likes of Julienne Dessagne (Fantastic Twins) and Sebastian Lee Philipp (Die Wilde Jagd). Stream the album in full above, and check out the Marco dos Santos-directed video for 'Kuldip' here.

Dabeull unveils new EP Intimate Fonk

French producer Dabeull is back with a brand new five-track release which is out now via Roche Musique. Intimate Fonk is a super soft R&B treat which perfectly showcases Dabeull's multiple influences ranging from Prince to Nile Rodgers, passing through Justice and Dâm-Funk. The EP was preceded by this chilled-out single 'Love You So Much', which was co-produced by Darius and also sees him collaborating with Kunta. Dabeull is set to return to the UK later in the year, so keep an eye on his Facebook page for more info.

Isaac Delusion share new single 'Fancy'

Two years have passed since the release of their sophomore album Rust & Gold via Microqlima, but French duo Isaac Delusion are finally back with brand new music: 'Fancy' is a pop electronica tune (they define their genre as "tropical/zouk/paranormal") with bittersweet undertones and serves as the first taster to a forthcoming LP whose details are still to be unveiled. They play La Cigale in Paris next January but no other dates (French or otherwise) have been announced yet.

Ah yes, here's the part where I go on and on about how amazing the ongoing Bonjour Motherfuckers playlist is, and how you should stream/subscribe/show some love below (season one is available here). Remember the column is also a radio segment at RUC's morning show Café Olé, usually on the first Thursday after a new number is published.