New Music – Bonnie Banane, Olivier St. Louis, Bad Fit
New music to blow your socks off from Paris, Washington DC and Belfast
Every week, we highlight a couple of new acts from around the globe who’ve caught our attention. Please feel free to share tips with us or check out all past New Music selections here.
From Paris, Bonnie Banane has been something of a best-kept-secret in her homeland for a few years but her “Soeur Nature” EP from last year indicates that it may be time for those of us beyond France to sit up and take notice. Banane is a performer who is doing some wicked, inventive things with a slate of futuristic pop, r’n'b and electro wigouts. Fans of Roisin Murphy and Christine & The Queens may dig where Banane is heading.
You may have heard this dude before when he traded as Olivier Daysoul or from his studio work with Onra, Bibio and Hudson Mohawke and live outings with Oddisee. Now releasing tracks under his full name, St Louis’ “Black Music” EP is full of soulful kicks and thrills, where “Ain’t Cool’s” blast of retro sweetness rests easily alongside the slo-mo hip-hop sway of “Dog In Man”. Sounds like St. Louis has all bases covered
How can anyone resist “the baddest band in Belfast”? While we’re not sure who came up with that moniker – maybe the Bad Fits themselves? – it does come good when you hear the kick and bubblegum drift of “Strong Forever”. It’s abundantly clear that Grace Loughrey, Danny McConaghie, Pando and Megan O’Kane – who’ve previously played in acts like Lantern For A Gale, Vanilla Gloom and The Salt Flats – know quite a bit about heavenly punky harmonies and thumping guitar lines already.