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This is Head: "0001"
For summer bike rides, picnics and general fun in the sun, dreamy, burned-out music makes the perfect warm weather soundtrack. The electro-pop sounds of Swedish band "This is Head" have been making my ears happy as of late, so I asked band member...
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For Nihon
As the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis begin to fade from the headlines, heartfelt efforts to help the nation recover continue. One that recently stood out brings together a group of ambient recording artists who are stepping up with...
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OMD: History of Modern
With a string of live shows, mashups and reissues priming their return, OMD will release their first studio album in 14 years, History of Modern, this September. Reuniting in the recording studio after more than two decades, the original lineup...
DESIGN
Black City Totem
For the release of Matthew Dear's latest album, Black City, his label decided to take a slightly more inventive approach to packaging. Teaming up with award-winning design firm Boym, Ghostly International will release an ominous-looking totem, inscribed...
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Wave Machines: Wave If You're Really There
Influenced by drinks, drugs and gravity, the foursome behind Brit band Wave Machines pump out eclectropop hits packed with psychedelic undertones and catchy beats that make you feel like you're floating on air. But their debut album, Wave If You...
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Solid Gold
Minneapolis is usually know for being cold, but as the music scene there intensifies, it's beginning to be known for stellar indie bands like Solid Gold. We can't stop listening to the cheeky synth-pop trio and their most recent album, "...
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School of Seven Bells
Since watching their revelatory performance at the Ghostly International CMJ showcase two weeks ago, the School of Seven Bells have accompanied me every day, lilting my step on morning commutes and late night walks with their dreamy soundscapes and...
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The Invisible: Monster's Waltz
The Invisible are a hotly tipped trio of talented musicians who, after several years of highly acclaimed individual appearances on the U.K. music scene, have now come together as one band to form a unique and inimitable sound. Their pedigree is impeccable...
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Pivot
Lost At E Minor featured Pivot's Secret Playlist recently and now they have an awesome new album out. With members scattered across the globe (though with roots firmly planted in Sydney), Pivot create lushly ominous electronic music that seeps...
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Keyboard Choir: Mizen Head To Gascanane Sound
by Mat Lyon An electronic ensemble from the thriving Oxford music scene, Keyboard Choir could be described as a journey through the history of electronic music. Liberally scattered amongst the fluid electronic soundscapes and massive rib-imploding...
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Appaloosa
She may well have the backing of Chan Marshall (aka Cat Power) but Paris-native Anne-Laure can well and truly hold her own when it comes to delivering quality electronic-pop. Her debut EP, produced by Germany's Max Krefeld, is an eclectic mix...
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Cut Copy
Melbourne's Cut Copy is the hottest electro act out of Australia right now. We spoke to Mitchell Brown from the group to get the lowdown. Does Melbourne still have a dynamic creative scene? I think it really does—there's no shortage...
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TheSwimmingPools
If anybody needs proof of how useless the recording industry has become, look no further than TheSwimmingPools. In the past few years, the NYC-based duo has recorded three albums and produced a slew of videos using only a computer in their East Village...
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Nine Inch Nails: Ghosts I-IV
Following in the footsteps of Radiohead and their game-changing release of In Rainbows, Nine Inch Nails have done something similar with their latest, Ghosts I-IV, by offering DRM-free download of the album at NIN. Ghosts I-IV is an all-instrumental...
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February 2008 Playlist
This time of year brings a surplus of album releases and, for us, along with the fresh tunes comes a desire to do little more than stay home and listen to music while watching surf videos. The result is a collection of new faves and old jams, both...
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The E.L.F.
The E.L.F. is the new side project of Gerling frontman, Darren Cross. A genre agnostic, Cross throws a tantrum on "Stevie Nicks Hearts," the first EP created el solo in the dark underbelly of his Sydney home studio. The indie-infused aesthetic...
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Modeselektor
Long the de facto home of techno music, it's no surprise that Berlin is bursting at the seams with electronic music. But it is a rare feat when one of these artists transcends the club scene like Modeselektor. A staple of the German capital...
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Lykke Li
When CH predicted in 2006 that Swedish songstress Lykke Li was one to look out for in the coming year, it may have been a little premature. With her debut album, Youth Novels, slated for release at the end of this month, it looks as if the 21 years...
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Holiday Playlist 2007
Le Loup: The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly A weird mixture of banjos, percussion and computer sounds Le Loup creates an experimental sound that's still fun listening. Based on Sam Simkoff's original...
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Cool Hunting Video Presents: YACHT
Episode 86 follows grunge-pop superstar YACHT (aka Jona Bechtolt) to a show on an actual yacht, around his Portland, OR apartment and on tour. He shows off his spastic cheerleader-meets-Ian Curtis dance moves, talks tech and introduces his cat and...
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Cool Hunting Video Presents: Juana Molina: Nugroove vol. 10
Episode 84 visits Argentine songstress Juana Molina at her ranch outside of Buenos Aires and at a live performance in NYC. In this exclusive interview, she shares her songwriting technique, her approach to incorporating electronic music and her experience...
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Heya Hifi Records: Music and Food
Have you ever wondered what Giles Peterson likes to cook for his wife after a long day traveling the globe, deejaying and being a musical tastemaker for all the world? Try Spaghetti and Sea Urchins?! Answering these questions, the dapper pair that...
TECH
Mr. Hopkinson's Computer
Watch and learn Mark Ronson—this is how you really do a cover version. As mentioned in the Guardian today, Mr. Hopkinson's Computer turns the likes of Radiohead, Portishead and—to greatest effect—The Stone Roses, into digitized...
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Brownswood Recordings
The scene at Hiro in New York last Wednesday night was unmistakably "Worldwide"—Brits, Brazilians, New Yorkers and Japanese were all shaking their thing, both on stage and on the dancefloor. Not many can create this kind...
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