Stepping out of the shadow of their major-league friends Air and Phoenix, the Parisian twosome deliver electro-tinged pop-rock and more…
Housse de Racket first made their mark when they toured internationally as support act to Phoenix, for whom they had already worked as session musicians, and then with their eponymous debut, Housse de Racket. Comprising just two tracks and produced by Gonzales and Renaud Letang, this came out solely as an EP and a free download on the group’s website.
In October 2008 they released their first full-length album, Forty Love. Included here was their best-known piece, “Oh Yeah!”: a slice of pop-funk that paid tribute to such R&B heroes as Stevie Wonder, Zapp & Roger, Earth, Wind and Fire, The Isley Brothers, Sly Stone, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Prince, George Clinton and Chic.
In February 2011 the duo announced that they had signed to the Kitsuné and Cooperative Music labels, and a new album entitled Alesia duly appeared on 22 August that year. At the helm this time round was respected producer (and one half of the group Cassius) Philippe Zdar, who had just produced the latest Phoenix album; further input was provided by Kitsuné label boss Gildas Loaec. The two can also be heard on the most recent release from Cassius, the Rawkers EP on Ed Banger Records.