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Deja Vu

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Deja Vu
Deja Vu


With their ability to move seamlessly from the triangle to the donkey jaw, cymbals to Chinese gong, vibraphone to wind machine, percussionists are undoubtedly the most atypical members of the classical orchestra. Paul Changarnier, Nicolas Cousin and Alexandre Esperet are a case in point. Having set their sights on the marimba - Latin American xylophone, cousin of the African balafon - they decided to use it as the main vehicle for their artistic dreams.

With the label No Format, they embarked on a project which would see them taking on pop hits of the kind that are produced in mega studios on the other side of the Atlantic and dazzle with a thousand lights and special effects. But they wanted to do it without leaving France or their beloved instruments. They wanted to make pop without machines, guitars, bass or synths.

They ended up finding a hitherto unknown instrumental formula that belongs to them and them only, one conceived as the perfect fit for the voices from the well-known French artists that were called upon to interpret the songs. Camille, with her extraordinary energy, makes Rihanna's 'Don't Stop the Music' waltz in a new organic mode; Blick Bassy redecorates Ariana Grande's 'One Last Time' in the colours of Bassa; Malik Djoudi envelopes Frank Ocean's 'Super Rich Kids' with a subtle ethereal texture; Camelia Jordana made her mark on this bonanza of reinvention by slowing down the tempo of 'Dance Monkey'; The voice of Sandra Nkake imbued Lana del Rey's 'Video Games' with a solemn and sublime mystery.

Like an old love that's rediscovered with new eyes, an air that comes back from far away but could have been born today, somehow familiar but never seen before. Deja vu but never heard until now.

Deja Vu: the name of this magnificent, unprecedented experience, this unidentifiable flying platter.


  1. Name
  2. One Last Time (feat. Blick Bassy)
  3. Happy (feat. Camille)
  4. Super Rich Kids (feat. Malik Djoudi)
  5. Chandelier (feat. Sandra Nkaké)
  6. Malamente (feat. Camélia Jordana)
  7. Don't Stop The Music (feat. Camille)
  8. Royals (feat. Malik Djoudi)
  9. Bad Guy (feat. Blick Bassy)
  10. Dance Monkey (feat. Camélia Jordana)
  11. Video Games (feat. Sandra Nkaké)

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