It's festival season in the Northern hemisphere, which not only means that most bands are taking a break from writing/releasing new stuff in order to fully dedicate themselves to the perils and delights of summer touring, but also that most music coming our way during this period is either a much anticipated (and usually very hyped) album or an enticing teaser for what lies ahead.

Yes, I myself am very surprised that I actually talked about music in this Bonjour Motherfuckers introduction, but now for something completely different: have I ever told you about that time I crossed Louis Garrel? I was walking down the street, headphones on, minding my own business, when a guy in a tracksuit and hood passed me by — it all happened so fast I only realised it was Garrel a couple of seconds afterwards. I did end up meeting him eventually a couple of months later at the premiere of his first feature film Deux Amis, but by then he was already dating Laetitia Casta, whom we mere mortals can't compete for his attention. Dommage, I clearly sensed from those three seconds that we could have had it all.

And now, onwards to our carefully curated (lol) selection.


Agar Agar announce debut album The Dog and The Future

Paris-based electronica duo Agar Agar have been causing quite a stir ever since they released their debut EP Cardan last year. Now Clara and Armand are treating us to a proper full-length, a collection of ten tracks titled The Dog and The Future that is due out on September 21st via Cracki Records/Sony. The LP is preceded by singles 'Fangs Out' and 'Sorry About The Carpet' (whose Antonin Peretjatko-directed video you can watch above), and is the pretext for an extensive fall tour which sees them playing London's Village Underground on October 23rd.

Breakbot announces Another You EP, shares title-track

French DJ and producer Breakbot has announced he'll be putting out a brand new EP next month, a four-track release whose title-track has that infectious Off-The-Wall-MJ quality of magically pushing you to the middle of the dance floor. 'Another You' sees Breakbot joining forces with Ruckazoid for a magnificent funky-disco slice of heaven, and has also been superbly put to video by Olivier Lescot as the colourful animated adventure you can watch above. The EP is due out on September 14th via Ed Banger Rec.

Born Bad Records release second volume of Chébran French Boogie

Back in 2015 Born Bad Records gathered a few lesser-known names from the French '80s scene into a compilation called Chébran - French Boogie 1980-1985. Now the Paris-based label is releasing the second volume (dedicated to the period that goes from 1981 to 1987), a 17-track LP featuring a mix of "New York-style funk with electronic, Eastern or African sounds," as a press release summarises. Featuring the likes of Phil Barney, Alec Mansion, Sammy Massamba, JM Black, and many others, Chébran - French Boogie 1981-1987 is an excellent introduction to a part of French music history that is often left out from playlists and compilations.

Nicolas Godin composes the soundtrack for Au Service De La France

You may know him best as one-half of the electronica duo Air, but Nicolas Godin has also been making music as a solo artist for quite a while: after having released his debut LP Contrepoint in 2015, he has now composed the soundtrack for the ARTE espionage series Au Service De La France (English title: A Very Secret Service) that parodies those early '60s post-colonial times. The album is a sweet collection of retro-sounding tunes with a touch of Gainsbourg ('Clayborn'), typical musette ('Les Rues de Paris'), yé-yé ('Snake Dance', 'Twist À Saint Germain'), and many other influences ranging from pure jazz to the era's fashionable North African sounds. You can stream it now via most music services.

Arnaud Rebotini releases new EP Flowers For Algernon

Having recently won a César award for the soundtrack he composed for Cannes' Grand Prix winner 120 Battements Par Minute, legendary musician and producer Arnaud Rebotini is back with a brand new EP — his first on the OFF Recordings label. Flowers For Algernon is a delicious four-track release (five with the Billy Turner's remix of the title-track) of electro-techno in that superbly addictive French way. Hypnotic and retro-sounding due to the analog synths, it has the taste of a classic but its feet are solidly rooted in the present. You can stream it in full above.

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