French electronic music has a rich history and one that has broken through internationally at times without the limitations of language of traditional songs. Be it Jean Michel Jarre and his pioneering work in the 1970’s to the free house and techno parties in the early ’90s which were fertile ground for future pioneers such as Laurent Garnier and Etienne De Crecy. This itself morphed into the more downtempo styles of Air and St. Germain and the anarchic in Mr Oizo and eventually Justice via Ed Banger. And need we mention Daft Punk? But it has been sometime now since a new generation has broken through, and with Fakear (along side luminaries Dream Koala, Stwo, Superpoze and Nowadays records releases) a new dawn has broken.
Whilst previous EPs and a few high profile remixes have put Fakear firmly in the French consciousness (the ‘Sauvage’ mini-album went Top 10 in the French LP chart) and landed him a cover of the respected Tsugi magazine, it is the ‘Asakusa’ EP (released via Nowadays Records) that is set to take this sound global. The fact he is already selling out London venues, supporting Bonobo, performing above the likes of Hudson Mohawke on European festival bills and remixing Andreya Triana is evidence of that. Coming from a “band” background, Fakear creates highly potent and hypnotic electronic, melodious compositions. A sound that a new generation of music fans are helping to explode on the internet and in clubs organically away from any notion of manufactured, business-minded McDance music.
The ‘Asakusa’ EP leads with “Ueno” and takes influence from the East via a harmonious walk through the streets of downtown Tokyo backed by lush piano and strings. “Skyline” is the takeoff single of the EP and showcases Fakear’s addictive and complex beat making. It’s a flight to New York, the city that never sleeps. ‘Asakusa’ finishes with “Venus,” the end to an emotive journey that signposts a major talent. It is however for Fakear in someways the start, as an early live favourite from his self-released days in 2011 and now cemented to record for the first time.
Fakear’s Forthcoming album will be released by Ninja Tune for the USA and UK and by Panthéon / Mercury Music Group / Universal Music France for the rest of the world.