Christophe Willem, the unique Nouvelle Star (French Idol) winner whose electro-pop single "Double Je (Remix)"--it's got a beat kind of like the Sugababes' "Push The Button" but is still fresh, exciting, and one of those songs that makes the language barrier completely disappear--was one of the best songs of 2007, is back.
"Berlin" is the name of his new single, just released to some French digital music stores (as well as to seemingly all continental Europe iTunes stores). You can listen to it here.
Good news: Christophe hasn't ditched the electro. Of course, that wasn't to be expected, giving who we've heard he's collaborating with for this album. He's rocked up his sound just a little bit for this song, but all that really means is we get a hard-hitting drum part and some processed sounds with a bit more edge to them in addition to the cooler electro squiggles. It might be a song that is more a matter of "oh, that's really interesting" than as absolutely totally addictive as "Double Je," but I still think I really like it...and not much in the world is as able to get under your skin like "Double Je" can. Christophe is certainly one of the most interesting French popstars going, so I'm hoping he'll deliver throughout this project.
His new album, Caféine, will come out May 25. I don't speak French at all, but if I'm understanding this correctly, said album has a duet with Kylie Minogue that is a reworking of her "Sensitized," a cover of Britney Spears's previously unreleased but leaked "State Of Grace," and a song written by one of the members of Superbus. We've previously heard that Christophe is working with Steve Anderson...hopefully on original songs.