Dirty. French. Electro. Given how defined that sound is nowadays, that’s almost all we need to say about this Marseille trio. You know how it goes: grimy electro bass, myriad blips and beats, hand claps and, of course, on-edge, pseudo-provocative English lyrics – all of the ingredients that we’ve come to hear from the French electro scene since the breakout days of everything Ed Banger.
Like many of the Ed Banger outfits, Nasser dabble in a bit of production, turntabling and remixing. Since starting up in 2009, they’ve put out an album and four EPs – the latest, Nasser #5, released just a couple of months ago, features an assortment of remixes done by themselves and of their own tunes (it’s available for free download at bit.ly/tohknasser). But, this fortnight, when they hit Hidden Agenda as part of Le French May, they’ll be more about producing single-minded dancefloor tunes with their live lineup featuring a frenzied double dose of drums (live from Nicolas Niegeolat, machinised from Romain Chicha) as well as walls of guitar and keyboards (Simon Henner).
Indeed, it’s a setup that’s a hot commodity in today’s world of pop; taking from the best of both the electronic and live worlds, morphing their once all live instrument lineup into a hybrid between rock and electro-pop, piling those guitar riffs on to electro synths and bass-lines. We’ve seen plenty swing through Hong Kong lately (think Friendly Fires, Metronomy, The Naked & Famous) but perhaps none more similar than when French Horn Rebellion stopped through for Clockenflap. That was a chaotic sensory experience. This may be rather similar.
Nasser plays Hidden Agenda on Sat May 5. Tickets: Alliance Francaise, 2527 7825.