Ludovic Navarre, alias St Germain, is releasing a new LP called St Germain on October 9th, 2015. Twenty years after his first album, Boulevard, and fifteen years after his second album, Tourist, French producer St Germain is finally releasing his third album, which he began working on in 2006.
St Germain is known for sampling jazz and blues musicians, like his well-known single from the album Tourist, “Sure Thing”, which samples Miles Davis and John Lee Hooker.
“Real Blues” samples Lightnin’ Hopkins “You Caused My Heart to Weep,” and features Brazilian percussion, Malian kora, guitar and n’goni, as well as a keyboard.
On his website, he clues us into the direction he's taking on this new album:
THIS NEW EPONYMOUS ALBUM IS A COLOURFUL AND EXCEPTIONAL MUSICAL JOURNEY. RECORDED WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF AFRICAN MUSICIANS, THE ALBUM FEATURES TRADITIONAL MALIAN INSTRUMENTS LIKE THE KORA, THE BALAFON OR THE N’GONI, THAT MINGLE WITH ELECTRIC GUITARS, PIANOS, SAXOPHONES AND ELECTRONIC LOOPS, FOLLOWING A SECRET FORMULA ONLY ST GERMAIN COULD CONCOCT.
St Germain traveled to Nigeria, Ghana, and Mali, but eventually found traditional West African musicians living in Paris — Malian singers Nahawa Doumbia, Fanta Bagayogo, and musician Adama Coulibaly — and worked with them to create samples that draw on Mandinka hunting ceremonies and rituals where singers, dancers and musicians celebrate different stages of life.
The video, directed by Charlotte Vasseneix, follows French urban art creator Gregos, who also made the album sleeve, making a plaster-cast of St Germain’s face decorated with different flags and sticking the casts on walls throughout Paris.
Source: St Germain Official YouTube