A divine trek through the Himalayas with The Limiñanas
If you stop to listen, you will hear just one thing as you climb the mountainous terrain of Himachal Pradesh on a guided trek out of the small village of Manali: the sound of your steps on the powdery ground. As you traverse this incredible desert area north of New Delhi, pop in your earphones and enjoy the lilting flow of “Pink Flamingos” from French rock duo The Limiñanas. The song's catchy rhythms and magnetic tonalities set the tempo as you take in the sublimely majestic Himalaya peaks all around. Upon seeing this ochre and white landscape, British author Rudyard Kipling exclaimed, “Surely the gods live here.”
A stroll with an electronic chill vibe through verdant Ireland with Darius
The wind-battered weeds seem to sway in harmony with the vocal stylings of Darius featuring Max Jury in “Echo”. The duo's extravagantly electronic sounds are a perfect backdrop to a road trip to Gleann Dá Loch, the valley of two lakes south of Dublin. Explore this wild region and lose yourself in the hypnotizing sounds of this young genius from Bordeaux, France.
Gleann Dá Loch
Urban pop immersion with Royaume in Tokyo
The Japanese metropolis bustles all around you with its bright neon lights and hurried inhabitants. Slip on your headphones like the locals and let the pop and R&B-inspired sounds of “If We” by the band Royaume wash over you. The clear vocals set off by the frenetic bass beats of this duo will set the pace as you head towards the lively Kawaii Monster Café with its cupcake-coloured decor.
Kawaii Monster Café
YM Square Building, 4th floor
+81 (0)3 5413 6142
Romantic melancholy in Paris from Pépite
When you get off at the Jussieu metro stop on Paris's left bank, wander along the banks of the Seine and feel the poetry of the French capital. As the solemn silhouette of Notre-Dame emerges on your right, duo Pépite's latest release “Reste avec moi” resonates in yours ears. Let yourself be rocked by the haunting rhythms of these two musicians, Édouard and Thomas, who define themselves as “wanderers with feelings”. Stop for a minute and admire the romantic view with their beautiful electronic beats in the background. Planning to be in the City of Lights this autumn? Catch them in concert on 9 October 2018 at La Cigale to get the full effect.
Pristine nature and electro with Charlotte Gainsbourg in Montreal
Charlotte Gainsbourg's soft voice sings “Deadly Valentine” as you paddle past the serene landscapes of Lake Huron. Outside Montreal, the immense Algonquin Provincial Park is the perfect setting for Gainsbourg's airy, deep sound. The morning fog burns off little by little to finally reveal the rippling pine forest all around. As you listen to the electro cadence and smooth vocals, everything will fade away until you are all alone, in nature.
Algonquin Provincial Park
Ontario K0J 2M0
+1 705 633 5572