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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Maghreb - Released June 15, 2018 | Glitterbeat Records

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 4F de Télérama - Qobuzissime
An escapee from the collective Bargou 08, Tunisian electro musician Sofyannn Ben Youssef took on the pseudonym Ammar 808 to release his hair-raising first album. As with 808 State, English pioneers of the Manchester acid movement, the name is a reference to the legendary TR 808 drum machine, which was the pride of any electro or hip-hop producer's arsenal in the late 1980s and early 1990s. And while this machine teams up with traditional North African instruments (guembri lute, gasba flute, zukra pipes), it doesn't impose a dominant retro feel on the album. The crafty producer has also brought along a few of the most remarkable voices of the North African scene: his compatriot Cheb Hassen Tej (Ichki lel Bey, El Bidha Wessamra), the Moroccan Mehdi Nassouli (Boganga & Sandia, Layli), found here alongside Titi Robin, and the Algerian Sofiane Saïdi (Zine Ezzine), with whom Ammar 808 pursues a fruitful dialogue, which was begun in the company of Mazalda on the very winning album El Ndjoum. Ammar 808 lines up covers of traditional pieces, but dresses them in futurist combinations. Already excited by the good surprises thrown up by the electro chaabi movement, and by the Acid Arab collective, this Maghreb United shows that in the aftermath of the Arab Spring, clubbers will still be filling the dancefloors. © Benjamin MiNiMuM/Qobuz
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French Music - Released February 2, 2018 | 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 | Circus company

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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

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Qobuzissime - Hi-Res Audio
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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