Hocus Pocus (group)

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Hocus Pocus
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Background information
Origin  France Nantes
Genres Hip-Hop, Jazz, Soul, Funk
Years active 1995 – Present
Labels On and On Records
Associated acts C2C (aka Coups 2 Cross)
Members 20Syl
DJ Greem
David Le Deunff
Antoine Saint-Jean
Hervé Godard
Matthieu Lelièvre
Past members Cambia
Yves-Dominique Richard
Yannick Busi

Hocus Pocus is a Hip Hop / Jazz band from Nantes, France. Formed in 1995,[1] their music is a mix of hip-hop, jazz, soul and funk. Originally being 20syl's brainchild, Hocus Pocus was formed in 1995, and gradually gained attention in the late '90s. The band, however, reached significant commercial and critical success in 2006 with the 2005 LP 73 Touches re-release, the "Hip Hop?" single (featuring the Procussions) having hooked many listeners who were curious about its blend of French, English, and acoustic/electronic elements. Though quite far removed from legendary bands evolving in that same category (like the Roots), Hocus Pocus' more radio-friendly recipe happened to be very effective. The band came back in 2007 with a mixed live/studio LP, Place 54, featuring more international collaborations and another hit single, "Vocab!".[2]

Members[edit]

20Syl[edit]

20Syl, the MC of the band has also worked on his individual projects including release of a solo EP Motifs. His collaboration with Oddisee resulted in a charting single "Ongoing Thing".

Members[edit]

  • 20Syl
  • Matthieu Lelièvre - Guitar
  • Hervé Godard - Bass
  • Antoine Saint-Jean - Drums
  • DJ Greem - DJ

Earlier members included Cambia, Yves-Dominique Richard and Yannick Busi.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Peak positions Certification
FR
[3]
BEL
(Wa)

SWI
1998 Seconde Formule  –  –  –
2002 Acoustic Hip Hop Quintet  –  –  –
2005 73 Touches 103  –  –
2007 Place 54 13  –  –
2010 16 Pièces 13 76 59

Maxi Singles[edit]

  • On and On Maxi Single (October 2001)
  • Conscient Maxi Single (January 2003)
  • On and On - Part 2 Maxi Single (December 2004)

Collaborations[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
FR
[3]
2010 "À mi-chemin"
(feat. Akhenaton & Ben l'Oncle Soul
70

Discography: 20Syl[edit]

EPs[edit]

Year Album Peak positions
FR
[4]
2014 Motifs (EP) 102

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
FR
[4]
2014 "Ongoing Thing"
(feat. Oddisee)
172 Motifs (EP)

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.onandon-records.com/
  2. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Hocus-Pocus/e/B001LHLF6O/ref=ac_dpt_sa_bio/
  3. ^ a b "Hocus Pocus discography". lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "20Syl discography". lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 

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