Kazy Lambist

Kazy Lambist persistently navigates the realm of his friction-less, conflict-free sounds with a music both welcoming and panoramic, sophisticated and hedonistic, volatile and elegant, relaxed yet full of character. While others might resort to using their electronic arsenal for more aggressive means, Kazy Lambist, inspired by sensuality and emotions, refuses to confine himself to certain restricted musical niches. Not surprising for an artist who’s been striving to push boundaries since his early days, looking to offer an extensive vision to his audience, inviting listeners to daydream in their hammock, dance away in a cosy lounge or on a hypnotic sun-kissed dance-floor. His first viral hit “Doing Yoga”, had earned him the new talent Inrocks Lab audience award in 2015, film director Guillermo Del Toro’s enthusiastic endorsement and led to a collaboration with fashion designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac. Subsequently, he released the stellar breakthrough album 33 000 Ft, undeniably making a name for himself on the electro-pop scene.

Kazy Lambist is now ready to launch the second chapter, an LP almost six years in the making that shouldn’t be mistaken for the result of great artistic inertia. The fresh-faced thirty-year old still delighted us with his interim output including, the breezy Sky Kiss EP with a compelling Jean-Benoît Dunckel (Air) collaboration, breathing a new, more classic life into some of his early successes (Decrescendo EP), and a few more exploratory wanderings (‘Nasty’ together with Italian rapper Tutti Fenomeni). He also made the world dance with his live shows and Dj sets, confirming his global appeal with a platinum-certified single (‘Love Song’), five gold-certified singles (‘Doing Yoga’, ‘Headson’, ‘On You’, ‘Annecy’ and ‘Work’) and a worldwide tour bookended by a 20-concert US tour alongside fellow French outfit Kid Francescoli. Leading the international acclaim is Turkey, where his success was firmly established following a recent spat of gigs and a month-and-a-half long residence in the artistic neighborhood of Moda, located on the Asian side of the Bosphorus strait. This oriental retreat inspired the name for his new album, Moda, where Kazy Lambist - real name Arthur Dubreucq - recorded ‘Dünya’, a seraphic effort featuring the soothing vocals of Sedef Sebüktekin over Turkish violins and Jowee Omicil’s saxophone. Similarly ‘Moda Disko’, a jubilant Italo-disco collaboration with singer Den Ze would have fitted perfectly in the soundtrack for Italian movie La Grande Bellezza.

Produced with the help of Glasses (seen on “Love Song” and “Oh My God”) with Ash Workman (Metronomy, Christine and the Queens, Baxter Dury…) officiating behind the mixing desk, the collaborative record, featuring a wealth of instrumental cameos from different background, seamlessly weaves the electronic and more organic sounds together. Geographically expansive, the album draws inspiration from Turkey, Italy (where he lived for two years during the album conception), the South of France (his native Montpellier) with the symbolic Mediterranean serving as a common thread. The album immerses itself in the limbo of a flourishing chill-wave, manifesting in various bustling forms. The album narrates tales of love, striving for both sonic ecstasy and introspective sorrow (‘After All’), a combination that oozes enough suave (‘Italian Way’) and golden reflections (‘Somebody To Love’), to shine at variable speeds and better suit the listener’s mood. This fluid type of pop (‘Nirvana’ featuring Californian singer Julietta) adorns more voluptuously solar highlights to express the disintegration of the relationship between an artist and his muse (‘Lost’ with longtime stage collaborator Amouë), or becomes more restless in the immoderate elation of wine celebration (‘Méditerranée’). The music also takes on a groovy sensuality on ‘Flawless Form’, accompanied by the Strasbourg jazz collective Emile Londonien. With Moda, Kazy Lambist explores beyond the borders, all the time preserving a perfect balance between refinement and pleasure.