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Listen to The Aikiu "The Red Kiss"


This is so fresh. Even the Brits haven't found out about it yet.

Jean Phillipe points me to emerging new French pop artist The Aikiu. Born in Paris, the singer now travels between New York, Paris and Los Angeles to work on a range of different music projects, including his own.

The Aikiu is no stranger to traveling and takes his musical cues from a myriad of different cultures. His father was a traveling salesman, which took young Aikiu from Paris to Morocco, Libya, Guinea, Senegal and Gambia all before the age of nine. In his teens, he moved from Africa to Southern California where his passion for music flourished. He listened to everything from Madonna to Michael Jackson, and from R&B to classic soul tunes.

He was initially signed to Los Angeles based Violator Management (home of some leading hip hop artists) but his development deal hit a rough spot when his manager passed away. He returned to Paris to work with greats like Timbaland and Nile Rodgers to finetune his soundboard crafts. He started working on some songs together with childhood friend Julien Vichinevsky, which lead to the production of an EP of songs.

One of the most noteworthy tracks on this EP is "The Red Kiss," a song filled with '80s inspired synths and The Aikiu's emotive, imperfect vocals that give it loads of authenticity.

Listen to The Aikiu "The Red Kiss"

June 20, 2008 in Hot New Pop Alert | Permalink


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No one's heard of him yet cause he sucks. I could barely listen to the whole song. Unimaginative, boring, shit.

Posted by: Shekhar at Jun 20, 2008 10:51:15 AM

I loooooooooooooooooooooooooooove the red kiss, sound, lyric and the voice.......... so sensual........... Thank the aikiu for this moment...

Posted by: Domino at Jun 20, 2008 12:50:52 PM

Amazing track.The songwriting, the voice and the lyrics are great.Classic indeed but still magic, especially considering that it seems to be a demo.

Posted by: Marie dahou at Jun 20, 2008 12:52:20 PM

I like it too ! Shekhar, what did you have for breakfast ? Remember : meat is murder !!!

About the song : the name is The Red Kiss, not the Red Rose, or the Red Meat, who's bloging ??? :-)

I like True to You even better, awesome,


Posted by: Jacktheripper at Jun 20, 2008 3:31:18 PM

I'd rather listening to horny, mating cats than this. Arjan, you're usually right on the money! What are you thinking?

Are you punking us?

Posted by: Tony Briant at Jun 20, 2008 11:48:57 PM

Loved it!

Posted by: Adi at Jun 21, 2008 7:15:44 AM

Tegan and Sara Pre-Sale Tickets!!

Posted by: kjr_28 at Jun 21, 2008 10:29:43 AM

the aikiu is the best that i've listened in these days!! thanks for share

Posted by: lalai at Jun 22, 2008 12:13:30 PM