Rockfort is very much enjoying the new EP from Nice's Das Glow, Concrete. We have fond memories of his Weiss Gaz release and this, out on Marble Music, pulls the same trick of being simultaneously enervating and energising. 'The Key' (described as 'Ghostpel') is the pick of the other two tracks although 'Jenga' does manage to breathe a little new life into the filter house template. You can listen to the whole thing here.
The latest Rockfort column on The Quietus looks at the 'unspoilt village' problem and features an interview with Carla from Mansfield TYA about singing in French and the lure of the night.
The label launched by John and Jehn, Pop Noire, is hosting a party on 24 January 2012 at Shacklewell Arms, London, featuring a live performance from first signing Lescop (Mathieu Lescop, formerly of ASYL) and DJ sets from John and Jehn and Harry O'Children. You can watch the video for 'La Foret', the opening track from Lescop's debut EP of neat, Etienne Daho-y pop here.
La Féline release a new EP on 5 December on Les Boutiques Sonores, featuring four ghostly, reverb-shrouded covers recorded with producer Domotic (Karaocake, The Konki Duet). As well as a new version of their own 'Le Peur Et Le Courage', Echo contains covers of Johnny Remember Me (available as a free download here), the Angelo Badalamenti/Julee Cruise collaboration 'Into The Night' and a traditional French song 'Le Roi A Fait Battre Tambour'.
It's been out for a few days now but in case you've missed it, you can hear the first single on Domino from Frànçois and the Atlas Mountains, 'Piscine' here - the album E Volo Love is set to follow in early 2012.
This month's Rockfort column features an interview with legendary composer and arranger Jean Claude Vannier in which he talks about his new album, Roses Rouge Sang, the cult of Serge, Michel Houellebecq and why he's not interested in looking back.
Franco-Finnish duo The Dø, who have had a hugely successful couple of years in France, finally get a UK release for their second album, Both Ways Open Jaws, on 14 November via Village Green and are following it up with a show at the Hoxton Bar and Kitchen on 23 November.
Nlf3 are following up their Beautiful Is The Way To The World Beyond album with a new EP, released on 31 October on their own Prohibited label, called Beast Me. It's an EP that gets better as it goes on, starting with the fairly routine 'The Golden Path' but climaxing in style with the scabrous acid rock-out of the title track.
You can read this month's Rockfort column on The Quietus here, featuring an interview with dance producer Mondkopf about his new album Rising Doom... and a little about the French rentrée.
The one-time hip hop producer turned his hand to electro and was one of the key figures on the Ed Banger label. Tragically, he died at the age of 34 as a result of what appears to have been a freak accident in his home. Follow the links for a couple of his finest.