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Alan Braxe's Artist Tips

Alan Braxe (real name: Alain Quême) is no novice when it comes to creating killer dance cuts. From his seminal, late-’90s “French Touch tracks (such as the hugely popular “Music Sounds Better With You,” recorded with Stardust) to his work with Fred Falke and Kris Menace, Braxe’s throwback disco synths, loose ’80s drum patterns, and airy Jazzercise melodies have been bobbing heads and filling dancefloors for more than a decade. Recently, it’s been Braxe’s remix work that garners the most attention. Read more » 

Poni Hoax: It Ain't Just Disco

There’s more than a little quizzical amusement in Poni Hoax lead singer Nicolas Ker’s voice when he discusses his band’s many influences. “Everybody wants to have a disco beat, and nobody listens to disco,” he exclaims. “In the band, nobody knows disco, nobody owns disco records.”

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Parisian Boat Parties!

Parisian summers wouldn’t be complete without parties afloat. While most natives head to coastal getaways in the summer months, those stuck in the steamy center of the City of Lights seek relief in faux seaside pastimes, like city pools and the Paris Plage, a man-made, palm tree-lined beach bordering the Seine. Less sandy–but no less sweaty–are the parties on a pair of docked boats: Le Batofar and Le Bateau Concorde Atlantique. Read more » 

My Paris By Fafi

France's graffiti queen, Fafi on eating well and shopping right in the City of Lights.

1. Le Tambour
41 rue Montmartre, 2nd
m° Sentier

If you want an after-party steak or mussels, or if you want to join all the night birds of the neighborhood in sharing one more cognac, this is the place–it never closes.

2. Hoa Hung
14 bis rue Louis Bonnet, 19th
m° Belleville

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The History of French House Sound

Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter wasn’t wearing a mask when he played a rave in rural Wisconsin, bundled in a varsity jacket, back in 1996. He was just a French guy with puffy hair jacking Chicago tracks… in the middle of nowhere. The event was a techno camp-out called Even Further. It was a big deal that Daft Punk was there, because Bangalter had come all the way from France, but it didn’t seem like a revelation. It was just Chicago through a different lens.

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