Tag Archives: Air

Kid Francescoli – Moon (2016)

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Fat fingers result in a bonus track this Monday. In 2000, Mathieu Hocine started his project Kid Francescoli. He was soon joined by Laetitia Abello on vocals, David Borras on keyboards and Olivier Scalia on bass. Hocine was raised in Marseilles and his French roots and passion for electronica inevitably leads to comparisons with Air. ‘Moon’ features on the band’s 2016 album Play Me Again. “And it went like…”

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Air – Playground Love (2000)

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A year or so after their hugely successful album Moon Safari, Air wrote the score for Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides. The opening track ‘Playground Love’ is the only one with vocals, which emanate from neither Jean-Benoît Dunckel nor Nicolas Godin (nor Beth Hirsch). They bring in Phoenix’s singer Thomas Mars to deliver the low key “I’m a highschool lover/And you’re my favorite flavour”.

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Zero 7 – In The Waiting Line (2001)

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Londoners Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker released their debut album, Simple Things, in 2001. On ‘In the Waiting Line’, they successfully mix downtempo electronica, guitar strings and a diva (Sophie Barker). The result is soothing and has more than a passing resemblance to the sounds of another duo – their French contemporaries Air.

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Air – La Femme D’Argent (1998)

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Providing some kind of midweek interlude, the sound of Air that swept the musical world in 1998. Moon Safari was the debut long player by French duo Air. It opened with ‘La Femme d’Argent’ with its hommage to groovy Serge Gainsbourg. Marry the zeitgeist of the many ultra lounge compilations in 1996/7 with the breakout success of the daft robots‘ debut Homework in 1997, and what is born is Moon Safari. If it was formulaic, it was still cool.

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Toro Y Moi – Still Sound (2011)

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‘Still Sound’ is off Toro Y Moi’s second album Underneath The Pine. From South Carolina, Chazwick Bundick and his Toro Y Moi sound is suitably lazy, sun-soaked and cool. You will notice an air of the French invasion (Daft Punk, Air, Mr Oizo and Etienne de Crecy) and Money Mark’s keyboard of the late 1990s – that mix of dreamy electronic funk, jazz, and hip hop that was so refreshing, and, let’s face it, still is. Have a great weekend.

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