Another week, another adventure in a new city. Welcome back to our on-going City Guide series, where your favorite artists take us on a tour of the city they call home. This week, we travel to Toulouse France, where we are joined by Redeyes, who's hot off his recent Unfinished Theory EP via The Nothern Quater. Below, he and his friend Lulah Da Curly give us the inside scoop on the city, where to eat, shop for records, and more.
Words and photos by Redeyes & Lulah Da Curly
This is a Toulouse City guide by myself and my friend and talented photographer Lulah Da Curly which I've been working closely since my last album “Broken Soul” on The North Quarter.
We all like a good drink, so where are the top spots to head to before a night out?
Toulouse is a young and student filled place so there's a lot of bars to have some drinks before going out, but if you want to have a great selection of crafted beers and listen to some dubstep you can have a go-to “La Houblonniere” at Ct Cyprien.
Where can you find the best clubs / late-night venues in town?
Ain't no doubt the best club in town is “Le Bikini”, one of the best sound systems I have ever played, the venue is legendary in Toulouse and helped a lot with developing Drum and Bass here, you also got a sweet restaurant and swimming pool in the summer.
Brunches are a weekend staple, which spots stand out to you?
“La Fiancee” is the perfect place, pancakes are treats, cookies are crazy good, coffee on point, you better have a reservation as its a tiny but mos def a lovely place.
Best dirty late-night street food option?
‘Le Boui Boui’ it's not a dirty late one but its definitely worth trying it. Best doner kebab in town by far, only take away tho.
Where can we shop for records and music memorabilia in Toulouse?
“Le Laboratoire’ has maybe not the deepest and sharp selection but I just love the vibe here, its the kind of place where u feel at home and just want to dig in every box, and you will always find something good to take home.
Your Sunday escape plan when you need to get away from it all?
There are so many places to chill in Toulouse that I love, a lot of parks like “le Jardin Japonais” but also some good museums, and if you go to “Les Abbatoirs”, which has some great expositions, from Picasso to Graffiti artists, you also got a park and a great view on Toulouse banks.
Something everyone should do when visiting Toulouse, but probably hasn’t?
You need to go to the parking of “Les Carmes” and park on the rooftop and you will have a sick high view on Toulouse.
A track that reminds you of your childhood in the city?
I will choose two, First one is Dj Food “Scratch Yer Hed” Squarepusher remix, I first saw Dj Food in Toulouse in 1995 for a Ninja Tune night in a small venue with 20 people in the club. They were doing a b2b on 4 decks and the mix was amazing. I remember them playing this tune with a soulful vocal over it... I really wanted to start djing after this night.
The second one is “Warhead” by Dj Krust because its the first drum and bass 12" I bought at Jellyfish records in Toulouse to start djing drum and bass.
What are other great exports that come from Toulouse?
I could say Drum and Bass because we got a lot of good artists like Monty, Visages, Trail, Le Lutin and label like Vandal Records. But my hip hop culture wants me to say Graffiti because Toulouse always been covered by talented people like Miss Van, Fafi, Tilt, Der … they exposed their art all over the world in galleries and streets and are now doing great festivals in Toulouse like Rose Beton.
A gift you can’t leave Toulouse without taking home for friends?
Toulouse is named the “Pink City” because of his … red bricks... so what about taking home one of those fancy red brick.