Al K-Pote (who became), who proclaimed himself “the Emperor”, is originally from Evry, where he grew up after his birth in 1981 in Paris, under the name of Atef Kahlaoui. After many collaborations with his label mates Seth Gueko and Ol Kainry and an active participation in the group Unité 2 Feu, he released his first album, L’Empereur (2008), followed by La Crème du 91 (2009) and La Crème d’Ile de France (2010). The following solo project, L’Empereur Contre-Attaque (2012), is a mixtape that precedes the release two years later of L’Orgasmixtape. The year 2016 sees him collaborate with Butter Bullets for the album Ténébreuse Musique and release Sadisme & Perversion..
He first made a name for himself as an actor on the small screen, notably in the crime series CSI: Miami and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, but also in the music series Mash. In 2014, he released his self-produced debut album. Two years later, he signed a contract with S-Curve Records, and went on to become a serious hit, placing his next album at the top of the Billboard jazz charts. Since then, things have been going well for Mr. Odom, who comes to L’Astral with songs from his most recent recording simply entitled Mr.
Ásgeir has four studio albums, including the freshly released Bury the Moon, which will be featured prominently at L’Astral. Following in the footsteps of Bon Iver and other folk countertenors inclined toward electro and finely arranged chamber pop, Ásgeir offers songs that are both silky and substantial. The 27-year-old Icelander’s English-language repertoire is generally based on guitar, voice and lyrics. It all starts there… and we’re soon enough somewhere else. An excellent melodist, a singer with conviction, gifted with his own artistic direction, Ásgeir needs to get in front of fans of indie folktronica.
At the age of 22, Shermar Paul, aka Night Lovell, already has three albums in the bank: Concept Vague (2014), Red Teenage Melody (2016) and Goodnight Lovell (2019). As a teenager, the MC launched the song “Dark Light”, a viral hit on the web five years ago. His deep, rocky voice finds solid purchase in the beats, and his rhymes are (to say the least) loaded with testosterone. On the menu: sex, cash, jealousy, love, ambition, nightlife, human conflict… the rap life, right?
Nestled somewhere between Mac DeMarco and ’70s California rock is Summer Salt. While references to bossa nova abound, the Austin band’s penchant for flowing pop-rock songs and the sweetness of a sunny, slightly outdated psychedelia are particularly noteworthy. The Beach Boys, Dope Lemon, The Lovin’ Spoonful and Donovan also come to mind when listening to this band that seems to live in a permanent summer. Farewell, winter! (For a few hours).
Since their debut album in 1996, Anti-Flag have been arming themselves with gritty and uncompromising punk, as evidenced by their 20 or so studio albums. The indomitable Pittsburgh-based combo remain ardent defenders of the DIY ethic so dear to the punk movement and have never really let up in almost 30 years of existence. Vindictive, committed, militant, the American band has more reason than ever to shout its rage and charge the stage. For Anti-Flag, there will always be something to revolt against, and 20/20 Vision, released a few weeks ago, is proof of this over 11 abrasive titles. Punk is far from being dead.
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