Born in Poitiers in 1979, Malik Djoudi is a French singer-songwriter of Algerian and Vietnamese descent whose languid electro pop drew comparisons with artists like Connan Mockasin, James Blake, and Sébastien Tellier. Following a brief stint in the English-singing underground bands Moon Pallas and Kim Tim, Djoudi decided to return to his mother tongue on his 2017 studio debut, Un. Characterized by its lush synth sounds and intimate ambiance, the album established Djoudi as one of the most promising newcomers in the French indie scene, aided by the success of the singles “Sous garantie” and “Cinema.” In the following years, the singer was signed by the label Cinq7 and performed at some of France’s most famous festivals, including Francofolies and Rock en Seine. He delivered on the promise of his first LP with the synth-tastic Tempéraments (2019), which featured a duet with longtime hero Étienne Daho on the song “À tes côtés” and earned Djoudi a nomination for the 2020 Victoires de la musique Award in the category of Revelation of the Year.
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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).