A little while ago, I had the honour to be part of the jury that picked this year's winners of Berlin Community Radio's Welcome to Berlin, a Musicboard-funded venture that attempts to tap into the city's forward-thinking pop undercurrents. One of the three nominees is an NFOP regular, Quebec City native Antoine Lahaie aka Antoine 93, and he is also the first to have taken advantage of the chance to record a new song in a fully equipped, professional recording studio. The result of that day-long project is "Me and the Sound", a glistening gem that stays true to the sound of the Montreal/Berlin axis that Lahaie is as devoted to as few others. The single is furthermore backed up by a compelling remix by fellow Montreal cosmopolitan Agor Cowan aka Blue Hawaii. Both tracks are available as a free download right here. There's also a comprehensive interview with the artist over at i-D, another partner of Welcome to Berlin (in German).