Festival season and release season rarely match well. Actually, you're only legally allowed to put out new music in August if you're a major artist — and pretty much the same with the last two weeks of December —, the penalty being your new baby, that labour of continuous pain and love and divine inspiration, slipping completely under the radar of both music publications and the public in general. France is no exception to this rule, adding to the fact that this country really takes their holidays and days off seriously (August in Paris means a virtually empty city since most businesses close for the whole month), which makes it a rather slow month if we're talking new and fresh, especially music-wise.

Obviously wanting to excuse myself for the slight delay in delivering the new edition of your beloved column Bonjour Motherfuckers by doing the most French thing in the planet a.k.a. blaming it on external factors, I nevertheless made sure your regular intake of some of the best new French music around would come in time for the rentrée — be it academic or political. Because, frankly, we're going to need all the help we can get.


Rubin Steiner releases new album Say Hello To The Dawn Of Paradox

French musician, DJ, and producer Rubin Steiner has graced us with a brand new LP which arrived just in time for our summer goodbyes. Say Hello To The Dawn Of Paradox came out on August 31st via Platinum Records and was preceded by an addictive single called 'Girls', a mix of nu-disco and indie-pop whose lyrics rely on namedropping some of the most prominent female musicians of the past decades. You can check out the video above and order the album here.

TH Da Freak share visuals for new EP

In case you missed it, last July TH Da Freak released a summerly, slightly surfy EP called Still Freakin' Out whose nine tracks were composed, mixed, and recorded in two days only in the French southwestern region of Andernos-les-bains, using an 8-track tascam. The EP, which can be downloaded for free via Bandcamp, has now gotten the proper visual treatment with a 22-minute clip (yes, it's the entirety of the release) showing mainly footage of sea, sand, and sunsets — a bit of a summer-themed fireplace. Watch it above.

LISPECTOR shares new single 'Nothing To Believe In'

Described by her label as "the most well-kept secret musical project from Bordeaux," Julie Margat a.k.a. LISPECTOR is back to the land of the albums (after a fairly long pause following her 2014 The Cult of Less) with her 22nd (!) solo effort: Small Town Graffiti is due out on October 11th via Teenage Menopause Records. Preceding the LP is first single 'Nothing To Believe', a lo-fi yet intense tune showcasing the musician's craftsmanship and maturity, properly illustrated by a joyfully retro video set in a roller rink. You can watch the clip above, and head over to the label's bandcamp for the album's pre-order.

Hypnolove unveil new single 'Climax'

Toulousian trio Hypnolove have unleashed a brand new single which perfectly encapsulates that lazy late summer vibe of slightly chillier nights and earlier sunsets: 'Climax' is a stunning example of their vibrantly funky Disco-Pop, succeeding to previously-shared 'Marbella' and serving as yet another taster from forthcoming album Plexus, which is due out sometime in September via Record Makers. Jupiter in Sagittarius opens our horizons indeed. Stream 'Climax' above.

Odezenne announce new EP Pouchkine

After having released a proper full-length called Au Baccara last year, Paris-via-Bordeaux Odezenne are back with a new EP: Pouchkine comprises five tracks including opener and first single 'Bleu Fuchsia' which you can stream above. If you're a fan of poetic social-realism spoken-word similar to Fauve's (R.I.P.) with a steady beat and hypnotising synths, then this release is definitely for you. You can pre-order it via bandcamp; at the time this was written there were only 7 vinyl copies left so my advice is to hurry.

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