(taken from album Témé Tan, out Friday 6 October through [PIAS] Recordings)

Fresh from touring Europe in support of Milky Chance, Témé Tan – the musical alias of multi-instrumentalist and producer Tanguy Haesevoets – has unveiled new single ‘Améthys’, taken from his self-titled debut album, due for release on Friday 6 October and available to pre-order now. The album also includes first single ‘Ça Va Pas La Tête?’, which was added to Double J in early 2017.

Watch the video for ‘Améthys’ here

Travelling is in Témé Tan’s blood. Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, his family were constantly back and forth between Belgium and Kinshasa, something that is effortlessly reflected and at the heart of his debut long-player which is both ultra modern, reflecting the life of a man who can feel at home on four continents, and shot through with a deep respect for older traditions and identities.

Talking about ‘Améthys’, the artist said:

This song is a tribute to my mom, Cécile Verstraete. She passed away in February 2014. The title Améthys is a nickname I gave to her. In French we call people who have both African and European parents “métis”. The first crystal my mother ever gave me was an amethyst. She thought this stone would help to study and meditate. I later discovered that the amethyst was linked to creative people as well. So I mixed “métis” with “amethyst” and came up with this name for her. The song is written around memories we shared when I was a little boy.

Of Congolese descent and growing up between Kinshasa and Brussels, Tanguy’s first musical memories were the rumba records his uncles played at family reunions and the zouk tapes of his cousins. Deciding to become a musician after celebrating his 18th birthday at a Beastie Boys concert, his music is a modern blend of minimalistic grooves, electronic beats and seductive harmonies.


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