Pulsar: Vinyl LP

Pulsar: Vinyl LP

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Release Date: 7th June

Don't get more French disco than L'Imperatrice with their high gloss bass pumping space funk grooves. The French Touch.

For those who dig: Phoenix, Daft Punk, Air Justice... French Touch, innit.

With two successful albums and a sold-out world tour under their belt, Paris-based L'Imperatrice have matriculated from a good-times instrumental act created by music critic Charles de Boisseguin to a six- piece powerhouse whose sashaying mixes of funk and French Touch, disco and deep house now include the fetching vocals of singer Flore Benguigui

Their new album Pulsar , is a focused but far- reaching record, the jubilant testament of a band with plenty to say and the skills to say it themselves.

Across 10 tracks, L'Imperatrice move freely and authoritatively among the sounds they love, bridging hip- hop, kosmische, and modern pop with their most unabashed embraces of French Touch and international house ever. Benguigui, meanwhile, boldly sings of self- empowerment by shirking beauty standards, ageism, and drab normalcy, with a little help from an exciting set of new friends.

A longtime fan who had seen the band multiple times, Maggie Rogers flew to Paris to lead the svelte and graceful "Any Way," approaching the song with an unabashed vim. They had a similar encounter with Erick the Architect, who was so enthusiastic about the sample- based and panoramic "Sweet & Sublime" that Benguigui scrapped one of her own verses to make more room for him. And Italian singer Fabiana Martone (Nu Genea) crafted the melody for "Danza Marilu" the moment she heard its disco thump.

Throughout these 10 songs, L'Imperatrice espouses the rare willingness to be real about life and its woes while also sounding like a perfect picture of joy. Pulsar opens like a window being slid open onto an unimagined world. During the title- track finale, where a casual confession of suffering climbs into a mighty climax rooted in redemption, the band intertwines dubstep, turntablism, and symphonic strings to offer a bracing conclusion: however we are is OK.

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