Paris-based singer, songwriter, and producer Oklou has been slowly revealing her new mixtape, Galore, since July, putting out the release in three separate parts – and now, the full project is out. Galore was made in close collaboration with CaseyMQ, and the song “Girl on My Throne” also adds work from the PC Music crew, being co-written with the label’s easyFun and featuring additional production from A. G. Cook. Still, it’s ultimately Marylou Mayniel’s emotional electronic pop songwriting, captivating processed vocals, and leftfield sound that makes the mixtape so good – she’s classically trained on piano and cello, but spent years in the European underground electronic scene (she’s previously worked with the subversive club label Nuxxe, and was part of the loose DJ and radio collective TGAF), resulting in something that’s sophisticated in its composition yet totally cutting edge in its sound.
Elsewhere this week, Joji’s pandemic-delayed second album Nectar finally lands, and Sufjan Stevens returns with the sprawling The Ascension. Take a listen below.