29.2.08

Decalicious


With the pile of "electronic" dance music mounting exponentially by the second, it's a relief to find a new duo -- Hamburg's Decalicious -- get endorsement from heavy hitters like Digitalism and Brodinski ... they've gotta be good (unlike the rest of the crap out there)!

The pair's sound finds itself "somewhere in between disco-influenced French house and harder sounds along the lines of their friends ... Digitalism." Sounds appealing, right? Check out "La Faviere 76 (Larsz Chaptier)" -- off their 040 Recordings vinyl single (buy it here) to confirm for yourself, but doubtless, you'll be pulled in by the German outfit's off-kilter, hypnotic aesthetic. It's like Vitalic taking a page out of Justice's book and recording a cut for some Satanic circus soundtrack. (Does that make any sense?)

Additionally, they're good at remixing! Re: their remix of Liberation Frequency's "Aldente B-Moll." While I've not heard the original song, the remix is fulfilling, and that's all I need. These guys ... are ... bound ... to ... blow up!







Decalicious - La Faviere 76 (Larsz Chaptier)







Liberation Frequency - Aldente B-Moll (Decalicious Remix)

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28.2.08

Tim Goldsworthy Remixes These New Puritans


So -- guess what? Hedi Slimane's These New Puritans (MySpace) is the buzz band of the moment week month year. They're refreshingly angular, simple, charismatic, and detached from any other British buzz scene. They're just really sexy. Like a really, really sexy couture-endorsed version of Test Icicles.

Beat Pyramid is easily one of the most anticipated releases of 2008, and lucky for us, These New Puritans has released a 12" single for "Navigate, Navigate" to entice us to buy Beat Pyramid when it's released on March 18.

Aside from featuring the original single, the 12" also includes a Tim Goldsworthy (AKA the Loving Hand) remix ... which you can download -- free of charge! -- below.

I'll end the post on this note:
A week before Hedi Slimane's Autumn ‘07 collection for Dior Homme was to be introduced on the catwalk, Slimane called Jack Barnett (These New Puritans' de-facto band leader) to Paris, requesting of him the no small task of composing a 15-minute soundtrack suitable for the collection. In under a week, they worked for hours on end long into each night, only retreating for sleep to the top floor of a block of Paris flats, writing, producing, recording, mixing and mastering the 15-minute track. The resulting “Navigate, Navigate” seemed to draw as much of the resulting press as Slimane's sleek, elegant costumes. It showed the band, in only a few short months, to have moved light years ahead of previous work.
Enjoy!







These New Puritans - Navigate, Navigate (the Loving Hand Remix)

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27.2.08

Elenette


Got another Cosy Recordings one for ya here: Elenette (MySpace. The Swedish quartet stands out for a few reasons:
(1) They sing, for the most part, in Swedish!
(2) They sound more like the Monochrome Set rather than yet another outrageously good Swedish guitar-pop group.
Like wackier Clash plus the Monochrome Set with a twist of 50s girl group swing and rockabilly. I kid you not. Elenette -- despite the sort of girly name -- will blow your socks off with their quirky rock dance tunes. Boy do I love the alto sax in their arrangements -- what ever happened to that instrument!? How much more soulful is a sax compared to a guitar!?

Buy their stuff digitally on Last.fm or get hard copies from Cpsy Recordings. Enjoy. Enjoy very, very much.







Elenette - Pappa Go Riot!







Elenette - Jag Hatar Maen

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Geometri


Geometri is an 8-bit/lo-fi apocalyptic glitch act from Brighton. (Yes, I made that up -- what do you think?) The U.K. duo plays these quasi-funk/disco songs that teeter dangerously close to the cheesy side of things, but are redeemed by a self-assuredness and loopy original rave beats, synth lines, and vocoder vocals a la Yellow Magic Orchestra.

They're hectic, scatterbrained, and hyperactive, but maybe that's a good thing. Regardless, these two won't be dubbed unoriginal or crowd followers anytime soon. They've got their own electro night (Talk Is Cheap; Blah Blah Blah), so I guess they've gotta be good, right? Right?

The below song, "Cydonian Rock" might be exclusive to BBBD. Not sure. You've probably not heard the Crystal Castles-meets-Justice-meets-Black Sabbath spazzy club track before ... I'll be on that one.







Geometri - Cydonian Rock

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26.2.08

Moofish Catfish


What the hell a "moofish" is, I've no idea, but I'm certain Moofish Catfish will hook you.

The Stockholm four-piece, signed to Cosy Records is very twee/bedroom recording in essence, but don't run away yet; they're not twee in that annoying, self-pitying way. They just like it soft. Moofish Catfish sounds like a slow-paced, psych-leaning compliment to Swedish compatriots, Envelopes, or a more flesh-out Taken By Trees. They're dripping with Swedish pop aesthetics -- from the cute female vocals to the clean guitar hooks to the jazzy drumming -- but are ultimately more delicate and refined than a lot of what you've heard and what you're used to hearing from the Scandinavian region.

Enjoy a couple tunes and order the On A Sunbeam to Your Heart EP from Cosy Records directly.







Moofish Catfish - Lightbulbs







Moofish Catfish - Crocodile Tears

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Remixes for Moto Boy!


By our count, BBBD has written about Sweden's up-and-coming Freddie Mercury, Moto Boy ... three times. But don't worry, the Songs I Wish I Had Written roster member is worth continued praise; not only does he have one of the best voices out there at present, but he writes fresh and exuberant music that you just can't get enough of. Check out the eponymous debut LP here if you don't believe me ... or dig around the BBBD archives for some other tunes (here and here).

Anyway, Moto Boy has now officially made the leap from private music (the stuff you listen to while assuming the fetal position and crying on your bed, wallowing in your sorrows) to dance/club music with a couple remixes Discobelle debuted.

Check them out below (one by Chris Price, the other by Jocke & Knifven). FOrtunately, the remixes retain Moto Boy's wonderful vocal chops while throwing in a few sultry beats, orchestral lines, and club gliss for good measure.







Moto Boy - Young Love (Chris Price Remix)







Moto Boy - Young Love (Jocke & Knifven Remix)

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25.2.08

New Toxic Avenger Remix


Never heard of this band, The Fire & Reason (MySpace), but there's not a whole lot to know/missed by not hearing them until now. They're a sexy NYC quartet that plays angular dance-rock stuff. It's fun.

The coolest thing, though, is that the Toxic Avenger just remixed them, and the resultant pure awesomeness is a phenomenal dance track, made sweeter by the smooth female vocals and simultaneously grittier with the gritty, abrasive Toxic Avenger synth lines and distorted beats we've grown to love.

Get down with "NME" as remixed and reinterpreted by the Toxic Avenger. And hey, if you like the Fire and Reason, keep an eye out for the new material they're working on!







the Fire and Reason - NME (the Toxic Avenger Remix)

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The Bell, Remixed


The Bell (MySpace) released Make Some Quiet on Badman Recording Co. to much acclaim last year, and now the Stockholm trio's back with a couple remixes of their stuff with another on its way.

Make Some Quiet was an Interpol-esque post-punk record; dark and brooding; energetic, rhythmic, and clean; heavy on the warble-y bass lines and gritty rhythm guitar; a great production, in short.

The below two remixes are good if you're looking for an excuse to dance to the Bell at your local club ... the Joe & Will Ask remix of "I AM History" sounds a bit like a Junior Boys edit or something; this tinny, pulsating synth rhythm extends throughout the song, making it reminiscent of say, "In the Morning." The remix of "Target Group" is shorter and features Happy Mondays-esque chanting, LCD Soundsystem-esque cowbell usage, and a fat, robotic synth line that lays atop everything else. They're both pretty damn good.

Check out BBBD's first post on the Bell here.







the Bell - I Am History (Joe & Will Ask Remix)







the Bell - Target Group (Mixhell Remix)

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22.2.08

Tafra


I've never even heard of Columbus, Nebraska, but the small record label, Series Two Records, is clearly the best thing to hit the teeny city. Yeah, I'm making the sweeping generalization. Series Two brought us the wonderful Suburban Kids With Biblical Names related project, SpringFactory (MySpace) -- remember them? BBBD buttered them up last month -- and now they've dropped a new one on us: Tafra.

Tafra is Niklas Tafra, a half-Croatian Swede currently living in London, who has an incredibly knack to write these dreamy sort of Swedish pop waltzes that are obviously bedroom recordings, (duh) outrageously catchy and heartwarming, and strangely experimental/noisy in their constructions. He plays mandolin; he can't quite hit those higher notes; he writes about ridiculous subjects (re: "Oh, Daniel"); he's after your own heart, and admit it -- you're in love.

The debut (woo!) LP, Why Even Bother?, is out now, and can be purchased for a mere $13. Just send the money via PayPal to seriestworecords@gmail.com (be sure to tell them what you want!), and a disc'll pop up in your mailbox soon enough.







Tafra - Cheesy Epic View







Tafra - Oh, Daniel







Tafra - I'm Sorry Brakne

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21.2.08

Radio LXMBRG


Radio LXMBRG (MySpace) is a Swedish pop band (I know, I know) that sounds like a bizarre melding cheesy 80s New Wave, sleazy French disco, Depeche Mode, a dash of psych-pop, and like ... Serge Gainsbourg a la Ian Curtis. Sound strange? It is, but in an incredibly appealing and exciting way.

The group has been around for four years, but they just released a phenomenal [proper] debut LP, Trivial Matters (get it here), and that's worth talking about. The LP sounds like a Depeche Mode album arranged by Ennio Morricone. The electronics of a less severe Knife, the throbbing bass lines of a funky Latin ensemble, and the coldness of a classic post-punk song. They're also great at remixing, so be sure to listen to the two I've posted below (BBBD hearts Pacific! so we had to put that one up).

These guys are a lot of fun, and like most of the rising Swedish pop scene stars, they represent a splintering musical community in Scandinavia; one that is less interested in perfectly reproducing great guitar-pop (nothing wrong with that), and more into doing their own thing, that's certainly no less appealing than the former style.







Radio LXMBRG - Feel the Heat







Radio LXMBRG - It's Cruel Up North







Lesbian Wannabe Radio - Doctor Kosmos (Radio LXMBRG Remix)







Radio LXMBRG vs. Pacific - Sunset Blvd.

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Legitimized: CFCF Remix of the Teenagers' "Sunset Beach"


A long time ago, BBBD published a certain post on our favorite Frenchies, the Teenagers, concerning a certain remix of "Sunset Beach" that a certain spectacular Canadian electronic artist, remixer, and DF, CFCF (remember that name) did for the trio.

You can read it here if you've any interest. We're happy to say that today we've been given official permission to post the CFCF remix of "Sunset Beach," though, so now all you need to pay attention to is this post!

The track is great. CFCF morphed the already sleazy garage song into an even sleazier quasi-narrative tune that is, if nothing else, extremely entertaining since you can really hear the lyrics. The Teenagers have always incorporated an unusual sort of talking-not-singing vocal style into their "story songs," and this remix fully brings that tendency to light. Not that it's unclear to begin with -- it's the lyrics that are so appealing, anyway! -- but CFCF has truly exposed the underlying structure of the Teenagers' arrangements with this mix. Enjoy it.







the Teenagers - Sunset Beach (CFCF Remix)

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20.2.08

Rihanna Featuring Klaxons


I dislike Rihanna very, very much, and never in my wildest dreams thought I would ever mention her name on this blog.

That being said, the version of [the grotesquely hideous, outrageously stupid, girl-can't-sing] "Umbrella" that she did with Klaxons at the Brits the other day was just too damn good. Get the MP3 below.

**Ooooooooo-aa-aaaahhhh**







Rihanna - Umbrealla (feat. Klaxons) (Live @ the Brits)

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Vampire Weekend Do A Take Away Show!


Old news, perhaps, but Vampire Weekend's contribution to the Take Away Show series is one of the best since Arcade Fire's infamous elevator acoustic set.

Check out the three songs here and get the MP3 of "Walcott/One" below. It's priceless.







Vampire Weekend - Walcott/One (Live, Take Away Show)

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New Poney Poney Track


BBBD's favorite French garage-rock band, Poney Poney, is back with a new track, "Cross the Fader." Their best yet, in our humble opinion. These Parisian rockers just keep getting better ...

The track is quick, sharp, and in your face. A chugging, warbley bass line outlines the tune; smoothly staccato vocals bring cohesion; robotic drumming with plenty of high-hat and hand claps turn the whole thing into a party. "Cross the Fader" is an assurance: whatever these guys come out with in the end -- whether it's an album, an EP, or another single -- will not only be great, but indicative of something better around the corner.

And remember -- you heard it from BBBD first! We've the exclusive hook ups for those of you savvy enough to know where the good stuff comes from!







Poney Poney - Cross the Fader

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19.2.08

Taken By Trees, "Sweet Child O' Mine"


Listening to a cover song, one can't help but think, "Would this song have been better had the original not been written and instead the cover be the only testament to its existence?"

Such is the case with Taken By Trees' (MySpace) latest cover, Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine." Listening to this tune, I can't help but think, "Axel Rose sang this; Guns N' Roses friggin' composed this tune!" And perhaps that's why it just ain't stickin'. It's too attached to something of utmost cultural importance and significance (or lack thereof -- I won't judge).

That being said, the cover is surprisingly true to Bergsman's roots -- it sounds like a Taken By Trees song. Should that be enough for me? Am I being unfairly judgmental here? It's a good song, why not enjoy it, right ...

I ask you the same!







Taken By Trees - Sweet Child O' Mine

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Bitchee Bitchee Ya Ya Ya Remix Dandi Wind


London/Paris channel-crossing spaz-rockers, Bitchee Bitchee Ya Ya Ya have made a apocalyptic remix of Dandi Wind's "Searching Flesh" ... which is out now on a remix EP (although it's the longest EP known to man), Sacrificial, which you ought to pick up from Summer Lovers Records Online Store for the incredibly appealing price of five dollars! Can't get much better than that.

The below remix below is just as spastic and hokey as you'd expect of BBYYY, but it holds the same density and heaviness of a Dandi Wind song. Sort of Justice-meets-noise-pop or something. We're digging it.

Dandi Wind will be in N. America for almost all of March -- check out their MySpace page for tour dates and all that jazz. A Chinese tour is on the horizon!? What?







Dandi Wind - Searching Flesh (Bitchee Bitchee Ya Ya Ya Remix)

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16.2.08

Kid Bombardos


The best French rock band on the scene right now is Kid Bombardos. No questions. Don't try to sway BBBD otherwise, either -- this is a fact.

The quartet plays addictively catchy psych-pop/garage tunes that one can't help but compare to some of the Strokes' earlier stuff. They don't have the same sort of repetitive hooks -- they're a psych group at their core -- but they exude the same ambiance and are certainly minimalists in the same fashion that Julian et. al. are. The Strokes + Brian Jonestown Massacre or something along those lines would be a fair description, I think. Maybe some Velvet Underground in there, too.

Comparisons aside, these guys are really tough to pass up mostly for their sheer uniqueness. Unlike the bulk of French pop/rock groups, Kid Bombardos don't merely rely off duplication and replication to make catchy songs. French music, unfortunately, is too often tied to being "sexy," self-assured, and self-aware ... which just doesn't meld with what rock and garage and all that great stuff Americans and the Brits churn out. You've gotta be natural, right? This isn't a runway, this isn't a contemplative, forced medium! Kid Bombardos has chilled out more than most of their French musical compatriots ... which is a great thing. Good for them. Check out "I Round the Bend" below. It rocks.







Kid Bombardos - I Round the Bend

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15.2.08

Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, Live at PDX


Buy Early Get Now -- what a wonderful idea. I now legitimately have the forthcoming Malkmus CD, Real Emotional Trash (phenomenal, need I mention), a whole bunch of extra MP3s, and the promise of getting a free poster in addition to the hard copy CD when it's released by Matador Records on March 4.

I give the concept and delivery two thumbs up ... and know that, had I more thumbs, they would all be way up.

So go forth and pre-order the damn thing!

Below is a live take of "Gardenia" from my most recent BEGN acquisition, a full live set by Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks. The 12.21.07 show was recorded at Doug Fir as is really worth checking out. Come on, guys ... it's hard to pass up, right? You're going to buy the LP, anyway, so why not just pay the same price and get some killer b-sides, a live show, and a poster on top of the awesomeness that is Real Emotional Trash?







Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks - Gardenia (Live at PDX)

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Sexy Kids


Sexy Kids is yet another great Glasgow band that's really caught my fancy recently. The three/five-piece band plays punky and atmospheric pop songs with a twist of New Order and a dash of earnest bedroom space-pop aesthetic. Really good stuff. "Sisters Are Forever" has this amazing guitar melody that drives through the whole song, a great, yet terribly short bridge, and cute vocal harmonies. I especially like how the drumming staggers a teensy bit behind the bass and guitar or else speeds just a millisecond ahead. They're not in shambles; they're just trying hard, doing a heartwarming job of it, and creating songs that emote more than most bands can claim.

If you like the below song, be sure to check out the MySpace page as there're a few more gems. "Measured Pleasures" is a wacky, Wall of Voodoo-esque tune with some Rezillos surf-rock thrown in for good measure; "You Don't Know Me Yet" is a spooky lo-fi ditty, sort of like the B-52s doing a dance hall shuffle; they're all good. Just listen, man!







Sexy Kids - Sisters Are Forever

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Dusty Diamonds


I'll be the first to say that I'm certainly not a fan of Chromeo. Maybe it's the bastardization of the Canadian duo that Indie 103.1 has willful participated in, maybe it's just the off-putting chubby guy, maybe it's just the plain cheese. I dunno. I don't get it. Sorry, dudes.

I'll tell ya what I do like, though. Dusty Diamonds. The electronic outfit -- from, I might add, the Swedish boonies -- not only has revitalized something of appeal in Chromeo with their remix of "Fancy Footwork," but has proven that the French ain't the only ones who can completely and utterly dominate clubs and dance floors across the globe. At times, Dusty Diamonds might sound derivative of Justice, but they've this ghetto, old skool rap edge and go so heavy on the reverb that it's hard to make the connection a fair one.

Listen to ... everything they've got below! From what they're telling me, Dusty Diamonds will be around in a big way in 2008, so keep an eye and an ear out ... but I'm sure you'd figure that out yourself -- just listen!








Chromeo - Fancy Footwork (Dusty Diamonds Feet of Fury Remix)







Dusty Diamonds - Bangedup

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14.2.08

Bad Flirt


I'm not afraid to say this -- and none of you, dear readers -- ought to, either, but I've a very, very soft spot set aside in my heart for Metric. Fame and fortune, commercialization and watering down aside, they rock hard, and it's a real shame there aren't more bands out there like them. Dancey post-punk/New Wave stuff that is all at once of the current and the new and reminiscent of the oldies but goodies (Blondie, the Jam, Squeeze, and no, Duran Duran is not representative of New Wave in the positive fashion I'm referring to it here).

Canadian compatriots Bad Flirt (MySpace) popped up at just the right time, then. These six pump out angular, high-energy pop/rock tracks that're chalk full of stellar hooks, perfectly archetypal post-punk bass lines, and mechanical drumming that's strangely not in want of soul or passion. The singer sort of sounds like the gal from Altered Images -- very nice.

Okay, so here's the deal. "How I'm Spending My Summer Vacation" is mastered, the others are not. Keep that in mind while rocking out and thrashing about to these guys (you inevitably will) -- most likely, the unmastered songs'll get even better. At present, they've only a single out (buy it at the MySpace page), but an LP is on the horizon, and probably an abundance of hype.







Bad Flirt - How I'm Spending My Summer Vacation (feat. Davey Von Bohlen)







Bad Flirt - Hiroshima, Mon Frere (Unmastered)







Bad Flirt - Double Double Date (Unmastered)

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Flairs


Let's see if I get this all straight (to hell with ambiguous press releases, mere instruments of flattery). Flairs is a French bass player, but he lives and works in both the U.K. and Paris and somehow has a Cockney accent. Right? "Cockney speaking French knob twiddler Lionel Flairs" is what he's described as on his MySpace page.

It doesn't matter, though. This guy has the bass chops of Tom Vek merged with the abrasive "knob twiddling" aesthetics of French compatriots Justice and Kavinsky (and all those others ones). His songs are infectiously rhythmic and catchy; heavy on the bass (duh) and high on the funk. It's refreshing to see and hear someone who's not so closely tied to one scene/country, who's not keen on replicating what's hip, but rather working in his own form, and who's totally fine with making dancey music that doesn't need spastic beats and hyper-glitchy melodies. This guy has the finesse of Zongamin (where are you, Zongamin?!) and the razor sharp edge of say, Jamie T. I'm down.

Flairs is collaborating with some big names, though, so I guess he's not making a name for himself as a total independent. Working on his music video is France's Jonas & François, the dudes who did the killer Justice "D.A.N.C.E." video and Kanye's Ed Banger imitation; lending a hand in the studio is Alavi, Etienne De Crecy, 25 Hours A Day, Cosmo Vitelli, Bogus, Alex Gopher, & Benjamin Theves. Not too shabby.

Check out "Truckers Delight." You'll enjoy it. Flairs has an album coming out, but I got nothin' on that one ...







Flairs - Truckers Delight

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13.2.08

Vote Grand Old Party


Is that a really overused, bland, and too obvious headline to use?

Grand Ole Party -- a band you really ought to have heard some buzz about by now as they are, as Rolling Stone aptly claims, the "artist to watch in 2008" -- has had a speedy yet entirely deserved rise. The San Diego trio was formed in late-2005, played a show in early-2006, and has been touring around ever since, their fan base and critical acclaim exponentially increasing with each set. But what do they sound like and why should we all care?

Grand Ole Party is unique in a multitude of ways. First off -- and most notably -- they've a female drummer who is also the lead singer. So that's the big surprise. She's a looker, but don't be deceived: not only keep she keep wicked straight time, but boy can she belt 'em out vocally.

The three piece plays especially full and vibrant songs that sound sort of like would happen if Mark E. Smith met Karen O., hopped on a gypsy caravan headed up by Young Marble Giants, and churned out some slinky garage rock tracks. The debut album, Humanimals was recorded live in an attempt to maintain the band's awesome live presence, and I think it worked! Live, they're gritty and heavy; they just keep plodding along, as though they're a millisecond behind the beat you think you ought to be hearing. Blake Sennett (yes, of Rilo Kiley), produced the record (which allegedly took five twelve-hour days to finish) and cleaned things up a bit, but the core essence is still there. These three are tough, solid as rock, and will never let you think otherwise. Be prepared for forceful sound when you put Grand Ole Party on, but don't worry ... BBBD's guarantees you'll fall for it immediately.







Grand Old Party - Look Out Young Son

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Under Electric Light


Under Electric Light (MySpace) is a wonderful one-man Montreal-based shoegaze/bedroom/dream pop band. Danny Provencher draws his inspiration from the likes of greats such as New Order, My Bloody Valentine, and the Radio Dept. -- and they all shine through -- but he filters it all with an endearing and heartfelt bedroom recording/space pop aesthetic that distinguishes him from the plethora of other wannabe artists claiming similar influences. I like his honesty, but more so, I appreciate his individual creativity and uniqueness.

He just released a new EP, After the Blue, that you can buy from Bluetracks in Canada. Unfortunately, there seems to be no U.S. distributor at present, but with such a low price and the option of just buying the four MP3s, it's a deal that's hard to resist!

Check out two of the tunes -- half the EP! -- below. You'll be pleasantly surprised and warmed.







Under Electric Light - Your Rainy Days







Under Electric Light - This Moment

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12.2.08

Moulinex Remixes Cut Copy, Turboweekend


Gah, sometimes I just feel so damn out of it. Have any of you folks ever heard of this Moulinex character? He's from Germany, he remixes, and he just released a very, very good in its own right Cut Copy remix of "Lights & Music," but ... I never even knew he existed! Caught totally unawares.

Moulinex is part of Discotexas ... whatever the heck that is. I'm just showing you the trail of breadcrumbs -- go off an discover the inner workings of Germany's underground Justice-hailing electronic scene.

In all honesty, the Cut Copy remix is great, though. It's spacier than the original, more stoic and steely-eyed (if it was a person). I'm having a rough morning, so my apologies for funny/uninteresting/confusing descriptors. This remix ought to be on a soundtrack for a Leiji Matsumoto sci-fi anime ... Galaxy Express 999 or something. Helpful? Just download the friggin' thing and grab the Turboweekend remix as a little bonus. (What's that? Hate Turboweekend as well!? Yeah, well this remix is actually pretty redeeming, so give it a listen, anyway.)







Cut Copy - Lights & Music (Moulinex Remix)







Turboweekend - My Name Is Legion (Moulinex Remix)

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