Archive for January, 2009

Sinsemilia – Douanier

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Sinsemilia, also known as Sinsé, is a reggae band that was formed in Grenoble in 1990. The name of the group is very similar to the cannabis plants sensimilia, which are the female plants that have not been fertilized by a male plant and thus without seeds. The group first used this name in concert at the Fête de la Musique in 1991, referring to the reggae album Sinsemilia by Black Uhuru. This first concert drew one thousand attendants, and in the following fifteen years more than one million albums have been sold.

Hypno5e – Daybreak at Slaughter-House

Monday, January 19th, 2009

Hypno5e is a French experimental metal band formed in Montpellier in 2003. The band has released their first album, Des Deux l’Une Est l’Autre in January 2007, which was released in all of France. Hypno5e uses both lyrics in French and in English. The band has toured throughout France with other bands such as Gojira, The Ocean Collective, and Eths.

Partenaire Particulier – Elle est Partie

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Partenaire Particulier was a French trio, then a duo of pop, electronic, and new wave from Bordeaux which was very successful in France in the mid-1980s. Three of their singles were ranked on the SNEP chart (Top 50), including their signature song Partenaire Particulier. The group was recently revived due to their appearance in the RFM Party Tour. Partenaire Particulier is currently recording songs for a new album as well as planning concerts for 2009.

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Chagrin d’amour – Chacun Fait

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Chagrin d’amour is a French pop duo, often hailed as the music artists to record the first French hip hop album. In 1982, they released Chacun fait ce qui lui plait, a recording of songs all performed in French with obvious influences by the rap music style. The album gained instant success in the country and sold over 3 million copies. Chagrin d’amour’s songs with simple rhymes and rap techniques caused many amateur music artists to become interested in the hip-hop style, beginning a new era of French music.

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