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To those old enough to remember the eponymous SNES video game classic, the simple name of The Pilotwings will undoubtedly evoke happy memories. A playful, fun-driven duo from Lyon, Guillaume Lespinasse and Louis De La Gorce first emerged in 2014, making quite a splash with their quickly sold-out debut 12», ‘Agorespace’, which also marked the beginning of the adventure for BFDM. Melding muscular breaks, faux-balearic house melodies, pot-fuelled dub and reshuffled trancey accents, the pair’s inaugural outing quite clearly outlined the contours of their pieces to come. Followed by a solid second EP in 2015, and no less than two high-rated albums for BFDM and Macadam Mambo one
year later, ‘Les Portes Du Brionnais’ and ‘Une Nuit Au Boxboys’, and another EP in 2018, Guillaume and Louis cemented their status as one of France’s most refreshingly genuine and talented new groups to cycle through European stages in recent times.
Following their first album in 2016, The Pilotwings are back – having gone from two to three members – with the LP « Les Charismatiques » on the infamous Brothers From Different Mothers label.
New collaborations have also emerged on this album from long-lasting friendships but also impromptu meetings, with HAJJ firstly, the Dawn Records’ boss who needs no introduction, but also with their Lyon friend Amélie Arcuri alias Bigoudi, half of Schmilblick ; or more surprising, with the cult underground figure of Robert Lapassenkoff, crooner and singer from the 80s band of the same name who’s been recently re-issued on vinyle before joining the Pilotwings on tour.
5 years later the Pilotwings are back on BFDM with an album that seems ripe for tasting, like a fine wine with a mouthful of flavors.