Long before Saint Germain liqueur was flavoring every craft cocktail at hipster bars, the French DJ Ludovic Navarre (aka St. Germain) was providing his distinct flavor of music at hipster clubs. Navarre released the album Tourist under the name St. Germain in 2000. The house and jazz fusion album was an instant classic. Now, fifteen years later, St. Germain has released another album. The self-titled album – released on October 9 – features house beats, electronic loops and samples of blues and jazz tracks layered on top of live recordings of Malian musicians playing traditional Malian instruments like balafon, kora and n’goni.
Let’s check out the single “Real Blues,” which came out earlier this year and features vocal samples from legendary blues artist Lightin’ Hopkins.
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