As the 38th Les Recontres Trans Musicales festival in Rennes approaches, we take a closer look at the line-up and pick out ten acts worth taking time out for
If you don't know what to see on Thursday night or early Friday afternoon, you can't go far wrong with Glasgow composer and electro-acoustic act Anna Meredith. Winner of the Scottish Album of the Year 2016 award, Meredith is definitely one to watch for 2017.
Parc Expo – Hall 8, Thu 1 Dec, 10.45pm
Les Champs Libres, Fri 2 Dec, 2pm
Paris-based four-piece Contrefaçon are an electronic act who revel in cross-genre dance music. They released a four-part EP series in September which feels distinctly cinematic: one moment you'll picture a high-speed chase in Tron, the next you'll have come over all Ryan Gosling in Drive. Think Kavinsky meets Daft Punk.
Parc Expo – Hall 9, Sat 2 Dec, 3.50am
And here's some more French electro for you, this time in the form of Paris-born Yoann Feynman aka FEYNMAN. He's been making electronic music since he was 17 – eight years on, and with a handful of releases under his belt, his debut album Air finally saw the light of day earlier this year, via his own label Fake Music.
Parc Expo – Hall 4 / Green Room, Thu 1 Dec, 11pm
Formerly known as Happy Meals Ltd, London-based HMLTD are one of the most exciting and unique bands on the UK scene right now – take a listen to Is This What You Wanted in the player below, which starts off like a pre-programmed Casio track, building into an industrial-punk frenzy, before levelling out and finishing up with a drum'n'bass-esque outro. Definitely ones to catch in the flesh.
Parc Expo – Hall 3, Thu 1 Dec, 10.15pm
Nova Twins are Amy Love and Georgia South, a grime-tinged punk duo from South East London, who released their self-titled debut EP via Robotunes earlier this year on 19 August. Imagine a grime version of Deap Vally, all bluesy scuzz and tuff rhymes, and you're not far off.
Parc Expo – Hall 3, Fri 2 Dec, 1.10am
Esperanza Denswil is a Dutch singer-songwriter, MC, producer and actress. Better known as her alter-ego Pink Oculus, Denswil's sound is reminiscent of Erykha Badu and Alicia Keys – in 2013 she independently released her single Sweat, making a name for herself in Holland and throughout Europe thanks to a hectic touring schedule. One thing we're sure of: Pink Oculus is ready for a bigger stage.
UBU, Thu 1 Dec, 5.45pm
Liv Bruce and Ben Hopkins make up American queer punk duo PWR BTTM, pronounced 'power bottom'. Recently signed to Polyvinyl, home to Japandroids and Alvvays, PWR BTTM address issues of identity politics and genderqueer experience via relentlessly catchy powerpop. Their upcoming UK tour with Edinburgh-formed quartet The Spook School is already sold out: beg, steal or borrow a ticket if at all possible (NB don't steal, obv).
Parc Expo – Hall 3, Fri 2 Dec, 2.50am
You may have already come across Irish rapper Rejjie Snow this year – he featured on Momma, the opening track from Letherette's Ninja Tunes-released Last Night on the Planet LP earlier this year. But Snow has been around for a few years now, with 2013 mixtape Rejovich among the releases we'd advise you to hunt out. 2016 has seen Snow sign to 300 Entertainment, and plans are underway for his imminent debut album, with Grammy Award winner Rahki on production duties.
Parc Expo – Hall 3 , Thu 1 Dec, 11.35pm
We recently caught Reykjavíkurdætur at Iceland Airwaves, where it was commonly agreed that they're among the most thrilling, exciting and empowering things you'll ever seen. A 15-person feminist rap collective from Reykjavík, you owe it to yourself to get to know 'em. Hell, everyone should know 'em. 'Nuff said!
Parc Expo – Hall 8, Sat 2 Dec, 2.10am
If you're still alive and well at 5.30am on Friday night (well... ok, Saturday morning), then you could do no wrong by going along and checking out Rozzma, an MC and producer from Cairo, Egypt. If the deafening bass of party-starting cut Baby is anything to go by, this promises to be one hell of a way to end your night. Or begin your morning, whichever.
Parc Expo – Hall 8, Fri 2 Dec, 5.30am