The decision to award a Qobuzism is made unanimously by the Qobuz team. In most cases, a Qobuzism is given to a “crossover” album in the best sense of the term, in that it will speak to all of our users.

By awarding a Qobuzism, we aim to draw attention to standout albums across a wide range of genres. In theory a Qobuzism is intended to alert you to an artist’s debut which has ventured into unexplored territory; but albums which merit this distinction can, in practice, come from anywhere! In each instance Qobuz endorses the album entirely, working with the artist in order to give them the greatest exposure possible – both within and outside of Qobuz. 

What we love is to give our Qobuz users the chance to discover recordings which are not necessarily what they would normally go for.

Albums

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Africa - Released September 8, 2017 | Bonsound Records

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Breaking down borders, a total musical mix, eclecticism à go go: without a doubt, Pierre Kwenders is a creative of his time. With Makanda At The End Of Space, The Beginning Of Time the Canadian multi-instrumentalist of Congo origin (he was born in Kinshasa in 1985 and has lived in Quebec since 2001) unites rumba from his home soil with pop and electro. A multitude of languages bubble from his mouth: Lingala, French, English, and Tshiluba. Kwenders devises a stupendous pan-African symphony that one would be tempted, out of sheer laziness, to label as ‘world music’ - a term that brings him out in a rash! Produced by Tendai Maraire from Shabazz Palaces (an intriguing rap group made up of Ishmael Butler, otherwise known as Palaceer Lazaro who sings on a track in this album), Makanda At The End Of Space, The Beginning Of Time commands the listener to simply let go. Allow yourself to be carried along by the versatile rhythms and changing melodies where Congolese rumba meets contemporary sounds. An incredibly groovy nimbleness that doesn’t obscure the powerful intention behind this album. For Pierre Kwenders, this is above all a homage to the important women in his life. Four strong personalities: his mother, grandmother, aunt and little sister. It follows that the Tshiluba word ‘Makanda’ translates as ‘force’. A human and sensory kaleidoscope for a completely unique album.
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French Music - Released April 7, 2017 | Barclay

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French Music - Released February 24, 2017 | Un Plan Simple - TOMBOY Lab

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French Music - Released March 25, 2016 | Because Music

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Latin America - Released June 8, 2015 | Brownswood Recordings

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Qobuzissime - Top du mois de Jazznews
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French Music - Released November 17, 2014 | Mi'ster

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Indispensable JAZZ NEWS - Qobuzissime
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French Music - Released February 18, 2013 | tôt Ou tard

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 4F de Télérama - 5/6 de Magic - Qobuzissime - Hi-Res Audio
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Yiddish & Klezmer - Released November 5, 2012 | Naive

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French Music - Released March 26, 2012 | Naive

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Sélection Les Inrocks - Qobuzissime - Hi-Res Audio
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Flamenco - Released June 27, 2011 | InFiné

Hi-Res Booklets Distinctions Sélection Les Inrocks - Qobuzissime - The Unusual Suspects - Hi-Res Audio
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French Music - Released April 4, 2011 | Music & Roses

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