What is a Qobuzissime? It’s an award presented by Qobuz for a first or second album.
Pop or Reggae, Metal or Classical, Jazz or Blues, no genre is excluded. More often than not the award is presented to a newly discovered artist.
Sometimes it might be a particularly quirky or a crossover album from a discography.
The important aspects are uniqueness, sincerity and quality. We look for these things in the recording, the project and the sound identity.
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Les Amazones d'Afrique
World - Released January 24, 2020 | Real World Records
French Music - Released March 22, 2019 | Wagram Music - Cinq 7
Malik Djoudi’s second album (after Un in 2017) forms a perfect summary of French electronic music, with beautifully bare arrangements (Essentiel) often combined with an up-tempo rhythm (Aussi Jolie, Belles Sueurs), as well as intimate and poetic lyrics revealing the various sides of the singer’s temperament, while also addressing the anxieties and hopes of a generation. With his androgynous voice, Djoudi sings about the night (Épouser la nuit), an imaginary journey (Train de nuit) and madness (Folie douce), all on captivating melodies only he has the secret to. While neurasthenic guitars and synthetic, icy and hypnotic layers are the singer's favorite sounds, he sometimes invites other instruments into his little world, often in the form of familiar and comforting samples (the brass of Dis-moi que t'y pense).
Maghreb - Released June 15, 2018 | Glitterbeat Records
Au pays d'Alice...
French Music - Released November 17, 2014 | Mi'ster
Flamenco - Released June 27, 2011 | InFiné
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13 "Babi Yar" - Sergei Prokofiev: October (excerpts) Kirill Kondrashin Gramophone Editor's Choice