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MIDLAKE – THE COURAGE OF OTHERS (Alt/Indie – US)

For some unfathomable reason, we have never posted Midlake‘s music before on this blog. Clearly there is absolutely no valid excuse for that, except that there is so much wonderful music in the world that it is physically impossible to listen to it all. So Midlake is one of those bands that we just missed…

Midlake was formed in 1999 by a group of jazz students at the University of North Texas. Even though they started off as an experimental  funk/jazz band (under the name The Cornbread All-Stars), their sound now leans more toward indie rock, with influences from the likes of Radiohead, Iron & Wine or Grandaddy.

After their critically acclaimed 2004 debut, Bamnan and Slivercork, Midlake released the hauntingly archaic The Trials of Van Occupanther in 2006. This second album saw the band reach new heights and brought widespread success on the strength of songs such as “Roscoe”, here remixed by Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve…

Midlake - Roscoe (Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve Remix)     

Coming after the highly successful The Trials Of Van Occupanther, the more personal The Courage Of Others is dark, sometimes disturbing, but always stunning. Get a taste of the new material just below.

Midlake - Acts Of Man     

Visit their official site or MySpace and buy the music on

MOUNT KIMBIE – MAYBES (Dubstep/Electronica – UK)

Mount Kimbie is a London duo that makes mostly mid-tempo dubstep tracks with deftly syncopated, slightly off-center, ambiguously danceable beats. If their rhythms are essentially dubstep, they are also inspired by electronica and hip hop and ooze with emotion and echoing ambient soundscapes.

The two musicians behind Mount Kimbie, Dominic Maker and Kai Campos, met at university and they’ve released two four-track EPs so far: Maybes and Sketch on Glass. The two EPs are surprisingly different from each other but both equally well produced, with good programming and evocative melodies.

Mount Kimbie - Sketch On Glass     
Foals - Spanish Sahara (Mount Kimbie Remix)     

It’s strong music with character and we can hope for some more great Mount Kimbie tracks in the future. Indeed, the pair are currently hard at work on new material and may release their debut album in 2010. In the meantime, you can visit their MySpace for more info and if you want to buy their music head over to Mount Kimbie

OU EST LE SWIMMING-POOL – THESE NEW KNIGHTS (Electro/Nu Wave – UK)

Ou Est Le Swimming Pool are a shiny new electro / nu wave outfit hailing from North London.

Their superb debut “Dance The Way I Feel”, released in November 2009, is a dark electro track with Pet Shop Boys influenced vocals and a catchy as hell bassline that will quite literally drag you onto the dance floor whether you like it or not. You wanna try? Listen to it below…

Ou Est Le Swimming Pool - Dance The Way I Feel     

After sharing stages with the likes of Sam Sparro, Cypress Hill and La Roux, Ou Est Le Swimming Pool are about to release their highly anticipated new single “These New Knights”. This track, which will soon be available for download, comes with a brilliant remix that you can check out just below.

Ou Est Le Swimming Pool - These New Knights (Jocks Remix)     

Ou Est Le Swimming Pool started life as a 3 piece when founding member Charles Haddon moved to Camden in 2008 where he met locals Joe Hutchinson and Caan Capan. Within a month of the trio’s paths first crossing, the band was born. Just as they started to make music together, they met production wizard Anders Kallmark who was instantly spellbound and asked if he could come aboard. They have been compared to a British version of Passion Pit, not too bad a band to be compared to…

Get more info on MySpace and buy the band’s music on Ou

FOALS – TOTAL LIFE FOREVER (Indie/Rock – UK)

After the monumental success of their debut album Antidotes, Foals shied away from the public eye and spent two years working in silence. They are now back to announce the release of their sophomore album, Total Life Forever. Produced by Luke Smith in Gothenburg this highly anticipated new album is scheduled for release on May 10, 2010.

Foals - Spanish Sahara     

On “Spanish Sahara”, the first track to surface from Total Life Forever, the Oxford-based quintet seems to have traded in their trademark hyperactive electroclash guitars for a more subdued post-rock, experimental sound.

Yannis Philippakis (vocals and guitar), Jack Bevan (drums), Jimmy Smith (guitar), Edwin Congreave (keyboards) and Walter Gervers (bass) seem to have become a hell of a lot more serious  (grave?) and this also shows in the dark and disturbingly beautiful video that illustrates the song and that you can watch HERE.

Be it said that “Spanish Sahara” got the remix treatment by the hand of Mount Kimbie. The remixed version of the track, reminiscent of trip-hop and ambient electronica, is now available for free download on Foals’ official website.

Foals - Spanish Sahara (Mount Kimbie Remix)     

You can also visit the band on MySpace and check out the dates of their forthcoming European tour, which kicks off on Arpil 12th in Berlin and will take them to Amsterdam, Paris, London, Dublin, etc…

Buy Foals’ music on Foals

MGMT – REMIXES (Indie/Electro/Club – US)

MGMT

Brooklyn-based indie band MGMT was formed by Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden while attending Wesleyan University during their freshman year. Upon its release their first album Oracular Spectacular hit number one on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart and was named the best album of 2008 by NME. MGMT also appeared prominently in Australia’s Triple J Hottest 100 2008, coming in 2nd with “Electric Feel” and 5th with “Kids”.

MGMT - Electric Feel (Justice Remix)     
MGMT - Of Moons     

All their singles have been playlisted by the best radio hosts and remixed by equally renowned DJs and producers. Justice, Aeroplane, Holy Ghost!, Diplo, Soulwax, MMMatthias.. The list goes on…

Check out MGMT on MySpace and buy their music on