Anyone who even glanced at the end of year polls for who to watch out for in 2009 won't have been able to miss Dan Black's name. Off the back of his incredible Notorious BIG cover "Hypntz" and the electro anti-love gem "Yours" - the Parisian-based-Englishman was hailed as one of the pop talents to watch out for in 2009 by critics across the board.
His highly anticipated forthcoming debut album will be released in May 2009 in the UK and is currently being recorded in an 18th Century cellar under Black's apartment in Paris, before it's mixed by Tom Elmhirst (Hot Chip, Amy Winehouse, The Kills) in London.
Get a free download of Dan Black's "I Love Life."
Old analogue and trashy keyboards, pop melodies and a digital & shadow puppet theatre make up the Norwegian electro-troupe that is Casiokids. The band sprung out of an idea of making electronic music more visual, but has developed further into being a collective of theatre blended with pop melodies often sung in their native language and influenced by afro-beat, techno and out-and-out pop. The music draws similarities and takes inspiration from Paul Simon's "Graceland," Ivor Cutler, New Order, King Tubby, Bob Hund, Cornelius and Fela Kuti.
Take a listen with a free download of Casiokids' "Fot I Hose" (axemax remix)!
Get an early listen to The Catholic Comb's "Vampire Life" with a free download! The track is set for a February 24th limited edition 7" release. Vampire Life which also contains a digital mini-EP and Vampire Life video. The run is limited to 500 copies and also features a bonus poster inside each sleeve.
Ladytron has just announced a North American co-headlining tour with The Faint this spring. The band will also release Tomorrow EP -- a 6 track EP featuring remixes of the track "Tomorrow" from their 2008 release Velocifero -- on March 3 on all major digital service providers. Remixers include Jim Abbiss (Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys, Goldfrapp), Dirty Vegas, Great Northern and more. Take a listen to the Tomorrow EP with a free download of the Vector Lovers Lucky remix!
The Proclaimers are hard at work recording their upcoming album Notes & Rhymes set for release later this year. In preparation for the launch, the band have big plans in the US in the coming months, including an EP release that includes a uniquely 'Proclaimers' version of Kings Of Leon's "17." Take a listen with a free download of The Proclaimers' take on "17."
Drawing inspiration from artists such as Depeche Mode, Goldfrapp and of course Garbage, Taxi Doll has created some infectious and dance inspiring tracks for their debut full length album "Here and Now" due out February 23 via the band's own Antidote Media.
International Deejay Gigolo founder DJ Hell is set to release "The Angst" & "The Angst Pt. 2" on February 23rd. The tracks are from the lead single and a teaser from his much anticipated new artist album Teufelswerk.
Across 16 exquisite tracks divided into two themes, "Night" and "Day." Hell, with his old friend Peter Kruder produced the "Day" half assisted by noted multi-instrumentalists Christian Prommer and Roberto Di Gioia. The "Night" album is raw mix of Chicago and Detroit influences combined with Hell's swashbuckling approach to electronics, this portion is for the dance floor.
For this single release Hell invited Henrik Schwarz to bring a touch of the night to "The Angst Pt. 1 and Pt. 2." As a stand-alone piece of music it's as solid as the dance floors it will be played on, but immediately hints at the wealth of ideas that exist on this forthcoming album. Teufelswerk is a lush, narcotic odyssey, the album sounds unlike anything he's produced in the past. "The album is very personal," Hell says. "All my knowledge is there…I don't think I can make a better record."
Amidst fall-out from an abruptly canceled Indian tour -- the Lips ran into a spot of trouble over the weekend while making their touring debut in the great nation of India. Turns out on-stage nudity doesn't go over so well and got the band booted from stage, and essentially chased out of the country. -- Atlanta-based madmen The Black Lips have premiered yet another song from their highly-anticipated follow-up to 2007's Good Bad Not Evil.
"Short Fuse," the second track released from 200 Million Thousand (due February 24th via Vice Records) landed early praise from KEXP, Pitchfork and a host of others. As Stereogum notes, it draws on "state-mates R.E.M.'s jangly salad days in the verse, with plenty of weird whooshing space sounds to keep tight to their ‘flower-punk' self-descriptors." Hear for yourself below.
Company of Thieves will be on the road throughout February and March with Thriving Ivory. The band are touring in support of their debut album "Ordinary Riches."
One of the band's inspirations is Oscar Wilde, whose name not only serves as a song title but whose essay The Soul of Man under Socialism also gave the album its title: "Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you."
Take a listen to Company of Thieves' song "Oscar Wilde" with a free download!