FKJ, also known as French Kiwi Juice is Paris-based multi-instrumentalist and producer Vincent Fenton and he is coming to the Cape Town International Jazz Festival this year.
The singer from Tours, France turns 28 at the end of March and he has been described as a pioneer and one of the flag-bearers of new New French House. French House is a style of European dance music popularised in the late 1990s by French artists.
Defining characteristics include a heavy reliance on filter and phaser effects on and alongside late 1970s or 1980s disco track samples (or original hooks inspired by said samples). Think Motorbass and the more jazz-influenced St Germain in the mid 1990s into Daft Punk of the late 1990s.
Into the 2000s it was Bob Sinclair, Ettiene de Crécy and Modjo, and now the late 2010s has experience a resurgence in interest in French House, which means FKJ’s timing is great. His music sits somewhere in that space where experimental soul, R&B and house meet jazz.