French electronic act Télépopmusik — 2Square (Stephan Haeri) and Antipop (Christophe Hetier) — have been locked away in the studio for most of the past 18 months, putting the finishing touches on what will be their third album, slated for release at the end of this year. Today marks the first release from the new album: a 2-song EP remix bundle featuring “Fever / Try Me Anyway”, featuring NY-based vocalist Betty Black and remixes from Dirty Channels, Zombie Disco Squad, Populette, Pit Spector and Pino Rastovitch, available TODAY on iTunes here. Grab the FREE MP3 of “Fever (PINO RASTOVITCH Remix)” HERE.
It’s been over a decade since Télépopmusik’s first release, Genetic World, and more specifically the slinky, Grammy-nominated track “Breath” featuring Scotish vocalist Angela McCluskey, which nearly defined an era of sophisticated, down-tempo French music (along with compatriots Air, Les Rythmes Digitales and Dimitri from Paris) in the mid 2000s. Having now sold over 500,000 albums worldwide (350,000 in the US), their elegant sound is now firmly engrained in the public’s subconscious through hit singles, sold-out tours and the use of their music on many high-profile advertising campaigns. Yet we should never forget that, above all, Télépopmusik is a band that has only ever simply strived for creative beauty. Their trajectory thus far has been a pure case of “letting the music do the talking…”
Producing dreamy songs with clever production that never cramped the catchy hooks, Télépopmusik was among the first “producer” outfits to create pop albums by collaborating with various vocalists, working with both McCluskey and ex-Earthling rapper Mau on Genetic World. The group’s second album, Angel Milk, also featuring Mau, was a delightful journey in melancholy that in spite of itself became a reference point in the crossover between European electronic music and the US hip hop scene, and went on to enjoy the same critical and commercial success worldwide.
Télépopmusik’s new opus features the vocal talents of New York’s own Betty Black (aka Sylvia Gordon of KUDU) & Swedish singer Johanna Wedin, as well as the return of the now US-based (and ever iconic) Angela McCluskey. One or two surprises will be aboard too.
The band will be putting out their upcoming releases internationally, including the full-length, in collaboration with the new Paris-based label Splendid Record Factory.