Karpatt: Angora

Long one of France’s most popular bands, Karpatt—singer-songwriter Fred Rollat, guitarist Gaëtan Lerat and bassist Hervé Jegousso—paint scenes of life’s adventure and grind, using an intoxicating mix of Gypsy jazz and French chanson, with touches of folk and rock. On Angora (named for the Paris bar where many of the album’s 13 tracks took shape), they share tales of survival, melancholy, nostalgia and a Central American journey. Salvador is a story of resilience … More Karpatt: Angora

Marvin: By Marvin

Zouk emerged in Guadeloupe and Martinique as a carnival-beat music style, but in recent years it has taken on a more sensual cadence, conducive to slower dancing and love songs. It has also transcended its Caribbean origins, attracting artists without island roots. The singer-songwriter Marvin Yesso is a case in point. Son of French mother and an Ivoirian father, he grew up in small-town Brittany. Despite an early preference for soul … More Marvin: By Marvin