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Pop - Released May 29, 2020 | Animal 63

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After the album closes, we can only wonder at Meryem Aboulouafa’s voice on her eponymous debut. We are held in a 38-minute hypnosis during which the Casablanca singer’s dreamlike organ takes control of our souls and senses, we embark on a hybrid voyage mixing soul, pop, electro, oriental music and faux film music. But like her contemporaries Kadhja Bonet (who often comes to mind), Weyes Blood, Jenny Hval and Lana Del Rey, Meryem Aboulouafa’s universe is also made up of sounds, ambiances and, above all, words… Her father raised her on all the classics (Beatles, Stones, Floyd, Dylan, Piaf, Brel, Brassens), before she went on to study music theory and violin at the Conservatoire, write her first poems in Arabic and French, and study interior design at Casablanca’s École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. Guitar in hand, a young Meryem would write her first songs drawing the attention of Manu Barron from the label Animal (The Blaze, Myth Syzer, Johan Papaconstantino, Gabriel Auguste). With the help of Keren Ann she perfects her already solid first drafts which are intelligently assembled by production experts Para One and Okard. “Para One brought a cinematographic element to the recording which suits me well as I visualise a lot of my music and lyrics”, explains the singer. “Ojard is more about melodies, orchestration and the elaboration of complex harmonies and sounds.” A stripped-down piano here and lyrical neo-classical strings there. Continue on for warlike rhythms and a blend of electronic trip-hop. Throughout, instrumentals take care to follow the voice and introspective lyrics. “The Friend” evokes a muslim prayer and its poetic gestures, “Deeply” discusses the complexity of the human soul, “Breath of Roma” is a love letter to Italian culture, and so on and so forth. Eleven pieces make up this fascinating puzzle from beginning to end with great emotional finesse. We should narrowly avoid branding Meryem Aboulouafa the hidden love child of James Blake and Oum Kalsoum as this debut album (a Qobuzissime winner!) is the work of an artist of great personality. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Pop - Released April 29, 2020 | Animal 63

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released April 17, 2020 | Animal 63

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French Music - Released March 13, 2020 | Animal 63

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Pop - Released February 12, 2020 | Animal 63

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French Music - Released January 17, 2020 | Animal 63

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Pop - Released December 3, 2019 | Animal 63

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French Music - Released November 27, 2019 | Animal 63

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Electronic - Released July 10, 2019 | Animal 63

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released November 30, 2018 | Animal 63

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released November 23, 2018 | Animal 63

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released April 27, 2018 | Animal 63

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For some years now, producer Myth Syzer has been brightening up the landscape of French rap with new and innovative productions for Hamza, Damso, Joke and his group Bon Gamin. On the side, the beatmaker is still serving up instrumental projects, often minimalist but sometimes more dancey, as with Ikaz Moi and Bromance on their Cerebral EP. For each composition, Myth Syzer tells a story and shares an emotion directly with a sense of real intimacy, in the manner of his hero J Dilla.With this characteristic eclecticism, it isn't surprising to see this versatile goldsmith putting together a first solo album with a rose-tinted, romantic look. Put down after a breakup, Bisous is a reduction of all the possible affairs of the heart that can go on between two people. He invites a whole new generation of refreshing voices from Bonnie Banane to Aja via Oklou and Muddy Monk: Myth Syzer shows us some little touching scenarios in which everyone can find themselves. The result defies classification, sitting somewhere between 1980s chanson française, atmospheric electro-funk and hypnotic lo-fi rap, in the wake of the piece Le Code and its implacable melody. The producer even treats himself by bringing on Doc Gynéco who offers his best performance in years, reminiscing about Isabelle Adjani in Pull Marine.In this enchanting and unticketed journey, the most surprising element is the role of Myth Syzer himself, with his assured but sparkling voice, as if the conductor was putting down his baton to join the instruments: sometimes solo, often keeping time on a bridge. This completely spontaneous role opens new vistas for an already-established artist. This sweet interlude is only a step on the way to another place, as indicated on the final piece with Roméo Elvis and Ichon, Ouais bébé, which is harder and colder. Everything's always in movement: the code has already changed. This is a unique album, always taking the listener off-balance, and covered in hot sand like on an August beach. © Aurélien Chapuis/Qobuz
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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released April 11, 2018 | Animal 63

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released March 14, 2018 | Animal 63

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released November 16, 2017 | Animal 63

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 6, 2017 | Animal 63

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released July 12, 2017 | Animal 63

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Electronic - Released April 7, 2017 | Animal 63

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