The Legendary St. Germain Returns With New Album After 15 Years

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The Legendary St. Germain Returns With New Album After 15 Years

Wow. We got some fantastic news today in the inbox. It seems like Ludovic Navarre aka St. Germain is coming out with a new album this October. During the mid to late 90s and even through the early 00's, this guy was turning out some the best electronic / house music going and then he went quiet. Until now it really seemed like that was going to be it, and just like Harper Lee, he has reemerged with a new piece of work seemingly out of the blue.

For those of you that don't know his old stuff, check the video below along with the new single and official press release for the new album and tour.

New Track, “Real Blues,” Reveals Self-titled Album’s Malian-Influenced Sound:

Official Press Release

St Germain (aka Ludovic Navarre), whose albums Boulevard (1995) and Tourist (2000) originated a genre of French electronic music that later included artists like Daft Punk, has returned to the studio to create his first album in 15 years. The self-titled record marries percussive grooves, which have always been central to St Germain’s sound, with a new element: traditional Malian music. Today the artist reveals the album’s first track, “Real Blues,” which is available to download now with pre-orders of the album on iTunes and nonesuch.com. Nonesuch Records will release St Germain on October 9, 2015.

Composed, produced, recorded and mixed by Navarre at his Paris studio, the Magic House, and mastered by Alex Wharton at Abbey Road, “Real Blues” features a vocal sample from Lightnin’ Hopkins’ “You Caused My Heart to Weep” and instrumental contributions from Brazilian percussionist Jorge Bezerra, Malian kora player Mamadou Cherif Soumano, Malian guitarist and n’goni player Guimba Kouyate, and keyboardist and longtime St Germain collaborator Didier Davidas, from Martinique.

St Germain’s move closer to the source of the jazz and blues elements that were essential ingredients in Boulevard and the internationally acclaimed Tourist led to his interest in those genres’ roots in West African music. Tourist, which sold nearly three million copies worldwide (more than 300,000 in the U.S. alone), was equally beloved in jazz and electronic music circles, reaching #1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Albums chart and being named one of the Best Albums of the Year by Rolling Stone. In France, the album won three Victoires de la Musique awards (the French equivalent of GRAMMYs), including Best Jazz Album, Best Electronic Album, and Best Live Performance.

On the 250-show Tourist tour, St Germain performed at venues ranging from London’s historic Royal Albert Hall to the Glastonbury and Coachella festivals, with guests including Herbie Hancock, Jamaican guitarist Ernest Ranglin, Jamaican jazz pianist Monty Alexander and legendary French jazz vocalist Claude Nougaro. Following the release of St Germain, Navarre will return to the road, beginning a European in November. A spring U.S. tour will be announced at a later date.