Daft Punk and Justice might be the first names that come to mind when Americans think of French electronic music, but there's a whole slew of Gallic producers poised to break out Stateside. From a Yeezus-producing stud to Paris' go-to fashion DJ, here's the new crÃ¨me de la crÃ¨me of the French scene.
Sound Pellegrino --> Listen <-- Founded by French electro-scene veterans Teki Latex and DJ Orgasmic, Sound Pellegrino has earned a reputation as a prolific label that has put out releases for avant electro acts like L-Vis 1990, Para One and Joakim, among many others. 2015 is already shaping up to be a big year for the crew: their fourth compilation drops next week, and Teki Latex is in the midst of a North American tour, rolling through Brooklyn, L.A., Miami and Mexico City this month.
Misty Rabbit --> Listen <-- This stunning DJ, also known as Mimi Xu, is the girl behind (almost) every fashion week soundtrack, playing at shows and events for everyone from Chloe to Versace, Pucci to Dior and Alexander McQueen. At a given set, you might hear something as eclectic as ambient electro mixed with funky house and a hint of '80s disco. Last year, Mimi found time to team up with composer/pianist Rosey Chan on "Carnet de Voyage," a site-specific sonic and visual live performance.
Club Cheval --> Listen <-- These four guys from Lille (MydSound, Sam Tiba, Panteros666 and CanBlaster) blend their respective musical interests like R&B, indie rock and metal and teamed up with Brodinski last year to co-produce Theophilus London and Kanye's "Can't Stop" off London's Vibes record. This year brings the release of their as-yet untitled album on Bromance, and they'll be heading out on a tour that brings them to Philadelphia, New York, Chicago and more.
The Shoes --> Listen <-- The electro-rock duo composed of Gullaume Briere and Benjamin Lebeau has produced tracks for everyone from French artists like Woodkid and Lilly Wood & the Prick to Shakira -- but it was their own single, "Time to Dance," with an accompanying video starring Jake Gyllenhaal, that really got them noticed. Bret Easton Ellis, of all people, caught wind of the clip and posted it on Twitter; with or without the author's help, the clip has racked over 5 million views. Their latest album, Chemicals, comes out later this year.
Soufien 3000 --> Listen <-- Soufien 3000, whose name is both a nod to Andre's and the producer's supposed "extraterrestrial origins," has a story that sounds straight out of a hip-hop fairytale: four years ago he sent a Facebook message to A$AP Rocky, who liked his spaced-out instrumentals and commissioned him to produce "Get Lit" and "Acid Rap." Be sure to also check out his remix of Evil Nine and Danny Brown's "The Black Brad Pitt."
Stwo --> Listen <-- Stwo (pronounced "Stew") works exclusively from his bedroom and says he's yet to step foot inside a recording studio. It doesn't seem to matter. The talented producer has released two EPs, Moans and Beyond, and we have special soft spots for his dancehall track "Try to Resist" and "Confused," a brilliant (and almost unrecognizable) remix of Christina Aguilera's "What a Girl Wants."