Psychedelic-baggy-Madchester-ravetastic… Call it want you want, Jagwar Ma’s sound is like no other, as is there onstage energy. Look. And DANCE


Begone, cold winter! 21 faves of early 2013 (Jagwar Ma, Haim, Bondax, The Asphodells), some recurring faves (Chvrches, Phoenix) & some classics (The Cure, Ride)… Enjoy!

On whyd (just listen online):

YouTube playlist:

springcompil2013 tracklist: Jagwar Ma: The Throw - CHVRCHES: Recover - Haim: Falling - Beacon: Bring me Back - James Blake: Retrograde - Bondax: Baby I Got That - Pegase: Dreaming Legend - Disclosure: White Noise (Hudson Mohawke remix) - Tame Impala: Elephant (Todd Rundgren remix) - Frank Wiederman & Ry Cuming: Howling (Âme remix) - Isolee: Alowance - Blackstreet: No Diggity (Fare Soldi remix) - The Asphodells: A Love from Outer Space (Mugwump remix) - Petite Noir: Disappear - Everything Everything: Kemosabe - Oh Land: White Nights - Ryhe: The Fall - Phoenix: Entertainment - The Cure: From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea - Ride: Leave them All Behind - Matthew E White: One of These Days

Thanks for the inspiration Miriem Chibikh, Frvnce ML, Brunø Wandel, Martin Gamarra, Amrane Lamiri, Crame, Vincent Makles… & the “Girls” soundtrack :)

Happy New Year, happy new compil! My faves of late 2012 (Lindstrom, Tame Impala) & hopes for 2013 (Chvrches, AlunaGeorge)… Enjoy!

On whyd (just listen online):

YouTube playlist:

wintercompil 2012-3 tracklist: Lindstrom: Ra-Ako-St - CHVRCHES: Lies - AlunaGeorge: Your Drums - Kendrick Lamar: Swimming Pool (Drank) - Lescop: La Fôret - WIN WIN: Walls - TNGHT: Goooo - Tame Impala: Feels Like We Only Go Backwards - Matthew Dear: Her Fantasy - How to Dress Well: & It Was You - St. Lucia: We Got It Wrong - Holy Other: Touch - Koreless: Lost in Tokyo - Two Door Cinema Club: Something Good (RAC mix) - Solange: Sleep in the Park (Twin Shadow remix) - The xx: Chained (John Talabot mix) - Darabi: Truckin’ - Jan Hammer: Crockett’s Theme

Thanks for the inspiration Myriam Jacquet, Aurelie Lili, Brunø Wandel, Darren Hemmings & Frvnce ML; and big up Alan Aloha, Marc Arlin, Damien Lacour, Johanne Du Fox, Constance de Bosredon & more! 

PS: grab the rather excellent iPhone app Brownees ( to save this or any YouTube playlist OFFLINE! :)

11 minutes of dark bliss: The xx live at Centquatre Paris, 19.12.12 

Tracks: 00:00 : Reunion; 03:00 : Swept Away; 04:05 : Chained; 05:32 : Last Christmas; 08:12 : Infinity (& grand finale).

iPhone-shot highlights of The xx’s penultimate live show of 2012. Includes their first live performance of Wham’s Last Christmas, and ends with a rousing rendition of Infinity, lights and huge “X”-stravaganza and all! OK, I could have been closer: but it’s the sound that counts!

Alt-J, “Breezeblocks”, live at Paris’ Hotel de Ville, July 2012

The best new group of 2012? Quite possibly. They played in front of Paris’ rather grandiose town hall this month as part of a four day freebie called the Fnac Festival. Fortunately their delicate ditties come across well on such a big stage. Even when it’s actually quite a gruesome song about murder (“She may contain the urge to run away / So hold her down with soggy clothes and breezeblocks”). Hats off, chaps! Now, if only that arse singing in the background would shut up…