Christine & The Queens were on BBC Radio One’s Live Lounge today and did a sterling cover of Beyoncé’s ‘Sorry’ in her own style along with the ubiquitous but still-great ‘Tilted’. Check out both above and below. Super cool, super cute.
Christine & The Queens has been the breakthrough act of 2016 and rightly so, Héloïse Letissier is an inspiration, an artist with a commanding presence and great tunes. Her debut album Chaleur Humaine was released in France a couple of years ago but an English version released this year gave her worldwide recognition along with her breathtaking performances.
Today, Christine & The Queens debited the English language video for ‘Saint Claude’, an album highlight, which live, Letissier dedicates to the misfits of the world.
I’ve been listening to the new album from Christine & The Queens a fair bit over the last month and it’s been growing on me a lot. I’ve been playing ‘Tilted’ and ‘iT’ on my TXFM show since the start of the year but the Héloïse Letissier’s music was only starting to click recently.
Now, her performance on Later With Jools Hollland this week has sealed the deal (as her videos suggest). This is one of those times when an artist propels themselves onto the next level, and TV is the best way to do that for a performer.
And what a performance this is. The music is real, and this performance is one of those joyous experiences that few artists can manage, simultaneously entertaining you and doing what the best artists do, showing you who they are.
Then comes part two, when ‘Tilted’ ends, Letisser shouts “Prince” and the song that the purple one wrote for Chaka Khan, ‘I Feel For You’, a track that still has a modern dancefloor potency rings out and the dancers move with a happiness that is infectious in the way Prince’s performances also were.
Letissier’s dance moves (and her dancers) are the kind that we feel we all have in us, not rigid but free and expressive with the music. That kind of vibrancy is what a lot of people who go clubbing want. Prince would have approved, just like he did in person with Janelle Monae at the BET Awards in 2010.