Producer and singer/songwriter Oklou’s debut mixtape, Galore, is due September 24th, via True Panther/Tap Records. Born Marylou Mayniel, Oklou’s new project, was Produced and written by Mayniel, Galore has been incubating since the summer of 2019. It lives in a space between dream and reality, a universe of artistic reimagination and feminine emancipation. “Before this, I did a lot of soul searching,” says Lou of the project. “Galore made me feel alive, which is what I was missing up to now. In writing it, I felt things that I had never felt in the past.”
Galore is set to release in three stages over the coming months. Alongside “unearth me,” the first phase of the project includes tracks “fall” and title track “galore”—listen here. Last week, Lou debuted “fall” live on Berlin-based platform COLORS—watch here, as well as a performance of her previously released single “entertnmnt”
Originally from Poitou-Charentes in the west of France, Mayniel grew up nurtured by the traditional music that her parents listened to. She was classically trained on piano and cello, and sang in several pop bands. Later, she began to discover composition using production software, and became immersed in the depths of online music culture. The effect was immediate, with SoundCloud and YouTube becoming her mediums for experimentation, sharing music written in the shelter of her bedroom.
With this technical foundation, Mayniel has steadily become an integral part of Europe’s underground music scene. Her debut EP, The Rite of May, was released on subversive club label NUXXE and she has collaborated with Mura Masa, Chynna, Sega Bodega, Flavien Berger and more.
1. little one
3. unearth me
4. god’s chariot
7. asturias (ft. Zero)
9. girl on my throne (ft. Casey MQ)
10. another night
11. I didn’t give up on you