Lous and the Yakuza — Colors session

“I remember the parties when we were young,” Lous, now 24, recalls dreamily. her parents would listen to congolese artists such as koffi olomide and papa wemba, but also mozart, beethoven and vivaldi. as a teenager, lous delved into system of a down and korn, but also james blake and fka twigs. her mother favoured classic singers: etta james, aretha franklin and bob marley – distinctive voices that still speak to generations today.

Her debut single, “dilemme”, which already has more than 30 million spotify streams, melds smooth trap beats and electropop with her distinctive, cool murmur: “si je pouvais je vivrais seule/ loin des problèmes et des dilemmes.” (“if i could, i would live alone/ far from problems and dilemmas.”)