The Fashionably Late Top 125 of 2019: French 79

Another rough year corresponded to another bumper crop of excellent music. Once again, my list is huge, because I fell in love with each of these 125 records and found it impossible to not include all of them in my fashionably late list.

I'm choosing to post my favorites in alpha order from A-Z again this year. You'll probably find some records that everyone and their fifth cousin raved about, but I hope you'll also find a few records that might be new to you, and that you'll fall in love with them as much as I have.

My thanks, as always, to the artists who created these records.


Who: French 79

What: Joshua

When: November 2019

Where: Alter K

Why: Another year, another fantastic electronic album from France. Simon Henner, the man behind French 79, has a bit of a Midas touch. Joshua shows off Henner's skill for putting together sophisticated songs and building sumptuously gilded beats. There's a lot going on here, and Henner's creations slink from glittering discoball infusions to ethereal rhythms to strutting, bass-heavy dancefloor-filling throbs. But, as with countrymen Justice, as plush as these songs are there's an almost constant hint of something just the right amount of unsavory. If this record doesn't get you moving, check your pulse.   

[posted 3.21.20]


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