French electronic artist St Germain, né Ludovic Navarre, has signed to Nonesuch Records and will be ending a 15 year hiatus on October 9, 2015, with the release of a new self-titled album. St Germain, whose critically acclaimed Blue Note Records release Tourist sold over 3 million copies worldwide in 2000 (who can forget the iconic “Rose Rouge”), has unleashed the first single from the record upon us. “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. Check it out below the jump and note that the track is available to download now with pre-orders of the album on iTunes and in the Nonesuch Store.
Sébastien Hélary co-founded Nextbop in 2009 with the objective of introducing modern jazz music to a younger generation of fans. Aside from music, his other main obsession is food, particularly ramen and other Japanese delicacies.