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Blutch: Electro as Hot as Brittany

By Smaël Bouaici |

Qobuzissime for "Terre Promise", the magnificent, intimate and eclectic first album of a new Breton master of multi-faceted electronic music...

A hymn to Brittany. For his first full-length album, Terre Promise, on Astropolis Records, the label born from the thigh of the mythical Brest festival of the same name, Blutch chose to pay tribute to the region that revealed him as an intelligent and sensitive DJ, not the kind to bludgeon for the sake of the principle, but rather to take the side roads. Known for his hybrid house sets, the Morlaix producer offers an intimate and nostalgic first album, on which most tracks refer to places in the region, from Roscoff to Ouessant, via the street of his childhood.

These memories are ideas that he puts into music in a sunny way, from the shimmering opening Terre Promise, with a lyrical side brought on by Mirabelle Gilis' violin. Blutch then melts this lyricism into a UK garage beat on Cobalan. Breakbeat is found on River, also surrounded by dreamy synths. Oneiric is the keyword of this album, which alternates between contemplative (Les Bois) and more chaotic (Remparts, with the modular synths of Maxime Dangles, another member of the Astropolis family).

We also think of the 'to-be' electropop hit, Rosko, that falls somewhere between Bicep, Rone and Polo & Pan, and when we come back to the right kick on Floatin, it's to leave in a whirlwind of ethereal keyboards like in a distorted version of Donna Summer's 'I Feel Love.' An artist was born in this promised land who fully deserves his Qobuzissime.