Maybe you saw him opening up for his label bosses Air on their world tour at the end of 2002. Or you may have come across his track Fantino on the Lost In Translation soundtrack. Or if you are a Phoenix fan like myself and you keep your ear to the ground for the latest cool Parisian grooves, you may have heard talk of Sebastien Tellier's recordings over the last few years...
Whatever,,, if you haven't heard La Ritournelle from his second album Politics yet then you are in for a real treat.
The understated funky beats come courtesy of Fela Kuti's main man Tony Allen, on top of which Sebastien layers up looping sustained piano chords combined with Blue Lines-era Massive Attack strings that manage to melt your heart by about bar 2!
On paper a four minute intro may sound excessive, but when you hear it, it makes total sense and it does not out stay its welcome.
And then... by the time Sebastien's intimate falsetto enters the frame singing of "making love on the grass", and declarations of everlasting love you know this is something special that you are not going to be able to dislodge from your brain too easily.
In fact, come bank holiday Monday morning it will still be resonating in the back of your mind, and i can't think of a better soundtrack as you dip your croissant into your bowl of fresh coffee, reveling in the fact that it's Monday, and you don't have to go to work. Bliss.
(click here to buy Politics from Amazon UK)