Published Oct 02, 2007You gotta love a good war of the words between artists especially when its also a battle of the sexes and even better, en Français. Yelle is Julie Budet, a singer/rapper from Brittany, France who dropped a diss track aimed at TTC member Cuizinier called "Short Dick Cuizi. Umm, how discreet. Well, it worked, and took her from being a MySpace upstart to one of 2007s best new acts, thanks to a brilliant new album, Pop-Up, released by the Source label (Air, Phoenix). "Je Veux Te Voir is an update of the beef-stewing track. Assisted by producer GrandMarnier, Yelle confronts the misogynistic posturing of TTCs dance rap, spitting lines about Cuizinier and his partner in rhyme Teki Latex in compromising positions, eating fries and playing with fetish toys, as well as how he dreams of cruising in a Hummer, though he can really only afford public transportation (lets hope my grade nine French serves me correctly). GrandMarniers electro/hip-hop beat bounces to Yelles flow like the best double dutch rhymes on a playground, and the aggressive breakdown at the end helps emphasise that Yelle isnt some sweet little pop tart looking for a tweenage audience. (Although, kids can probably learn a lot more from this than all of that bubbly bullshit that High School Musical pushes on them. Life isn't a musical kids, get it straight!). Best of all though is how she works the attitude with a brightly-lit, follow-the-bouncing-ball promotional video primed for karaoke. It also helps that shes groovin on flying giant Jolly Ranchers with lots of puffy hearts beating in the background and of course, those soaring keytar jets at the end are magnifique!
Before her European tour with flaming chart topper Mika, Yelle will play two Canadian shows this week: in Toronto at the Social on Friday, October 5, and in Montreal with Baltimore booty man Blaqstarr at Les Saints as part of Pop Montreal. Be there.
P.S. Dont miss this awesome video by Bastien Lattanzio and Guillaume Berg for Teprs remix of Yelles "A Cause des Garçons starring dancers from the wicked Tecktonik crew.