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FLORENCE + THE MACHINE – YOU'VE GOT THE LOVE (Indie/2-step/Garage – UK)

Florence and the Machine is an alternative rock band from England. It is the recording name of Florence Welch and a collaboration with other artists who provide backing music for her voice.

Florence and The Machine’s music has received praise across the British music media, especially from the BBC who played a large part in Florence and The Machine’s rise to prominence by promoting her as part of BBC Introducing. This led to her playing a number of music festivals in 2008, including Glastonbury and T in the Park. The band’s debut album, Lungs was released on 6 July 2009, and was at the number 2 position for its first five weeks in the charts, behind Michael Jackson.

Check out the track ‘You’ve Got the Love’ just below. This version is a rework by British band The xx and it really turns the song on its head. The result is quite amazing in its simplicity and when you listen to it once you won’t be able to get it out of head…

Florence and The Machine - You Got The Love (The XX Rework)     

This second remix is very original in that it has a very linear structure and emphasizes the vocals, thereby giving a sense of urgency to the whole song. Have a listen…

Florence and the Machine - Rabbit Heart (Leo Zero Remix)     

Florence + The Machine is on MySpace if you want more info and music. You can also buy Lungs on Florence + The Machine

FAKE BLOOD – I THINK I LIKE IT (Disco House/Dance – UK)

Fake Blood

But who the heck is Fake Blood? This is a question that a lot of people have been asking recently…

This artist/producer released his first single “Mars” back in October 2008 on Cheap Thrills Records but his true identity was never revealed. Whenever he played gigs around the UK it was always with a mask…

He quickly became one of the most talked-about remixers and producers on the electro scene without doing a single interview. As a result, bloggers and music fans started to elaborate the craziest theories about his true identity (see this forum for more info).

He is currrently one of the most sought after DJs around. He has remixed the likes of Hot Chip, The Kills, Miike Snow, Calvin Harris, Little Boots or Armand Van Helden to name a few…

Little Boots - Stuck on Repeat (Fake Blood Remix)     

One of Fake Blood’s trademark gimmicks is the fact that his name is uttered by the original artist in each of his remixes (at 1’45” in the remix above). Interestingly enough, the artists aren’t actually asked to record this added bit for the remix, Fake Blood creates it himself by cutting the original vocal part into tiny phonetic fragments and combining them to construct the words “fake blood”. Now that’s a skill!

If you wanna hear more Fake Blood music, visit him on MySpace. If you wanna show your support, buy his releases on Fake Blood

METRONOMY – HEARTBREAKER (Indie/Electro – UK)

Metronomy was born ten years ago in the tiny, bohemian market town of Totnes in Devon, when Joseph Mount got his first computer and started making electronic music inspired by the likes of Autechre and Aphex Twin. Metronomy’s debut album, released in 2006, was called Pip Paine (Pay The £5000 You Owe) and its largely instrumental electro-pop reflected the eccentricity of its title.

Joseph admits that he only, finally, saw the commercial possibilities of Metronomy when DJ/producer Erol Alkan began to feature the single “You Could Easily Have Me” in his sets, and asked Metronomy to play at his club. Cue the need for a proper live show, and the additions of Gabriel (keyboards and bass) and Oscar (saxophone, backing vocals and keyboards).

Move on 2 years to the sophomore album Nights Out, a second album that feels like a debut. the first to be vocal-led, with the self-effacing Joseph stepping up and grabbing the mic for most of the tracks. Check out the excellent single “Heartbreaker” remixed by French electropop duo Jupiter.

Metronomy - Heartbreaker (Jupiter Remix)     

Find out more about Metronomy on MySpace. Buy their music on Metronomy

FOALS – ANTIDOTES (Electroclash/Indie – UK)

Now playing nonstop on my mp3 player is the insane song “Hummer”. It’s pulsating, it’s full of energy and it gives you a real kick. Foals are Yannis Philippakis (vocals and guitar), Jack Bevan (drums), Jimmy Smith (guitar), Edwin Congreave (keyboards) and Walter Gervers (bass). Based in Oxford, they are part of the new UK electroclash scene and their first LP, Antidotes (Transgressive Records, 2008), as well as their live gigs have been making the headlines of many music publications. Find their music on MySpace and see them live around the UK in October and around Europe in November.

Foals - Hummer     

“they take Franz Ferdinand’s ‘music to make girls dance’ credo to the max, using guitars, drums, voice, bass and keyboards to make a sort of manic, organic, polyrhythmic electronica” (The Guardian)

Visit the band on MySpace to get more info and buy their music on Foals