Welcome, Audiophiles, to Dave’s version of Saturday Selections. On the playlist today: MisteurValaire’s new record, Bellevue. Misteur Valaire is essentially the result of a bunch of jazz musicians getting together to form an electronica band. Bellevue marks the fourth full album released by the Sherbrooke, QC natives. This time around, Misteur Valaire set out to make an album that would make you want to dance through the winter, and the end product that certainly fits into the crystalline, snow-covered environment for which it was created. I suppose we can kick this off with the opening track of the album. If you do nothing else with this post, check out the last video. I love that song.
Over their last three releases, it seems that Misteur Valaire is steadily moving away from the jazz side of things to a more electro-pop oriented approach. For me, this means that the new record won’t quite reach the heights of their previous triumph, Golden Bombay, but Bellevue still manages to bring something new to the table, and is well worth listening to. I would say that those of you that prefer strong dance music with a good amount of intensity might actually prefer this record to their other albums.
Just like on Golden Bombay, Misteur Valaire decided to stick with a few vocalists who are featured on the album. This time around, we got Jamie Lidell, on a disco-funk infused tune, Heems, of Das Racist, providing some solid hip-hop (although when you’ve been spending your time listening to the likes of Substantial and Shing02 on Nujabes’ albums, it’s hard to listen to other hip-hop), and Quebec singers Milk & Bone on a rather light-hearted dance number. Also keeping with MV tradition, we have some comical samples to lighten the mood, this time in the form of a song about hockey! They also weren’t afraid to get a little intense, with my favourite track on the album entitled “El Kid”.
To sum things up, Bellevue is a fun-filled album with plenty of songs that would fit into any winter party playlist. Not only that, every Misteur Valaire album is available on their website, and you can pay whatever you want to get them. These guys also play an incredible upbeat and energetic show, so check out their touring schedule.
P.S. Check out this absolute monster tune from their previous album. Easily my favourite MV song.