A Francophile’s Tips for Finding the Very Best Obscure Tunes
Sure, the new Robyn album is a blessing for all of us, but if you want something really fresh—and Spotify Discover isn’t cutting it—count on Annika Inez. The jewelry designer has a major obsession with French music and knows a thing or deux about where to find the best obscure stuff to scratch that itch (and also has a playlist to share if you don’t feel like doing the digging yourself).
THE STREAMING STATION
“During the day, Nova.fr plays a mix of talk radio and music in French, but I love their after-midnight mix. It’s an amazing mix of ethnic, old-school, and new fringe artists that I'd never hear of otherwise.”
THE MUSIC VIDEOS
“I love La Blogothèque for finding new artists and also for seeing known ones in a completely new light. They produce short musical film interview" with artists—some who are super famous and others who aren’t. The whole premise is that they take the band or artist somewhere, usually in public, and they perform a song in acapella. One of my favorite ones is Aloe Blacc performing in the Paris metro. Another one is Liane LaHavas—it’s just beautiful. Check out Patrick Watson and Alicia Keys, too.”
“Some of my favorite music I have come upon from being at dance performances—among them Jun Miyake pieces, including one featuring Arto Lindsay that is wonderful. Jun Miyake provided music for a lot of Pina Bausch performances.”
For the some of the songs and artists—French or otherwise—that Annika discovered via these insider-y sources, give this a listen.