if you’ve been frequenting JOVM for the past couple of years – or the past few weeks, you may remember that I’ve written about the Paris-based French/Argentine producer, songwriter and vocalist Claude Violante. Violante has developed a reputation as being a rather big thing in her native France – her 2012 self-titled debut EP received international attention across the blogosphere, including on this site. And as hal of the production duo, Haussmann, she helped scored music that appeared in the end credits to Oscar winning actor Jean Dujardin’s Les Infideles. Violante has also developed a reputation as a remixer, as she’s remixed the work of beloved French underground acts, Trésors and La Chatte.
Your Heart is Weak, the much-anticipated follow-up to her self-titled debut effort is slated for a July 7 release through Tsunami-Addiction Records and the EP’s first single “The Double” was deeply inspired by 90s R&B; in fact, to my ears, the song channels the spirt and feel of Lisa Stansfield’s “All Around The World.” The EP’s latest single, “No Mercy,” manages to channel 90s house as it pairs cascading layers of shimmering synths, propulsive drum programming, glitchy vocal samples and Violante’s silky and plaintive vocals – but just underneath the surface of a certified banger, is a moody rumination on loneliness and desire.