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YEAH YEAH YEAHS – REMIXES (Electro/Indie/Club – US)

Following the release of their highly successful last studio album, It’s Blitz, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have been riding a seemingly endless wave of success and they have become a mainstay of every electro music blog. New remixes of their songs have been popping up left and right every second day, making it hard to keep pace…

Now that the buzz has somehow eased off, it’s high time we dived into this ocean of (mostly very good) remixes to extract the very best!

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Dull Life (Professor Purple Remix)     

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll (DIGIRAATII Remix)     
(Download HERE)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Dull Life (The Dirty Tees Remix)     

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Soft Shock (Them Jeans Acoustic Remix)     

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Gold Lion (Diplo's Optimo Remix)     

The band was formed in New York City in the late summer of 2000 by Karen O (vocals), Nick Zinner (guitar, keyboards) and Brian Chase (drums). Their music melds genres ranging from new wave to art punk and garage rock using heavy guitars, synthetic sounds and screaming vocals.

To get more info, music and tour dates, check out the Yeah Yeah Yeahs on MySpace. You can also purchase their albums on Yeah Yeah Yeahs

BATTLES – MIRRORED (Experimental Rock – US)

American experimental rock band Battles was formed in New York City in 2002 by John Stanier (drums), Ian Williams (guitar/keys), Dave Konopka (guitar) and Tyondai Braxton (guitar/keys/vox). After releasing a string of EPs between 2004 and 2006, the band released their first album, Mirrored, in 2007 to widespread critical acclaim.

Battles - Leyendecker     

Battles mixes avant-garde, rock and pop to come up with a  sound that breaks new ground in modern music and sounds like some kind of futuristic rock. Alternatively soothing, unnerving or confusing, Mirrored will probably be considered a milestone in alternative rock a few years down the line.

Battles - Tonto     

For more info about the band, go to Wrap’s website or see the band’s MySpace. Buy their music on Battles

FUJIYA & MIYAGI – PAPER AIRPLANES (Electronica/Alt – UK)

Brighton-based band Fujiya & Miyagi was formed in 2000. Strange name for an English band? As explained by David Best (lead vocalist but also guitarist and keyboardist), the name comes from the movie ‘The Karate Kid’ and a brand of record players: “Miyagi was taken from the film ‘The Karate Kid’ and Fujiya was the name of a record player. It just looked really nice written down. And it was the only name we came up with”.

Fujiya & Miyagi are self-described as being heavily influenced by 70’s krautrock bands such as Can and Neu! as well as early-90’s electronic music artists like Aphex Twin or  Tom Tom Club, all filtered for modern times.

Fujiya & Miyagi - Paper Airplanes     

With their eclectic sound and interesting use of lyrics as just another element of rhythm in their songs, Fujiya & Miyagi have won over the hearts of a legion of supporters, among whom may be counted DFA, Tiga, Chicken Lips, Damo Suzuki and BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson.

Fujiya & Miyagi - Collarbone     

They have also done some noteworthy remixes for bands such as Mercury Rev, Bomb The Bass or Half Cousin. Check out more music by Fujiya & Miyaki on MySpace and download their music on Fujiya & Miyagi

KASKADE + DRAGONETTE – FIRE IN YOUR NEW SHOES (ElectroPop/Club – US)

In the run up to the release of Kaskade‘s upcoming album, Dynasty, the Chicago-born DJ teams up with Dragonette on his new single, “Fire In Your New Shoes”. If you’ve been reading umstrum||music regularly, you will probably know that we love Dragonette. This Canadian electropop four-piece is great at crafting extremely catchy pop songs with great hooks and that’s exactly why their collaboration with Kaskade works so well.

Dragonette - Fire In Your New Shoes     

Kaskade’s sixth studio album is scheduled to be released on April 27 (digitally) and May 11 (CD). The single “Fire In Your Shoes” is available on iTunes now and you can download it here Fire In Your New Shoes (feat. Dragonette) - Single - Kaskade

As a little bonus, here’s a sweet remix of Dragonette’s “Pick Up The Phone” by Michael Di Francesco, one of the members of Australian electro band Van She

Dragonette - Pick Up The Phone (Michael Van She Remix)     

If you like what you hear, check out more music by Dragonette on MySpace and buy it on Dragonette

FENECH SOLER – STOP AND STARE (Electro/Synth – UK)

Fenech Soler is a new electro band from Kings Cliffe, UK. Known for their punchy synthpop tunes and their remixing work (Marina & The Diamonds, One Night Only, Mimó, etc…), they have been gaining attention in the past few months and they’re now gearing up for the release of their new single: “Stop and Stare”

Fenech Soler - Stop & Stare (The Fur Remix)     

To date, they have released two singles: “The Cult Of Romance” and “Lies,” which have been remixed by artists such as Alan Braxe, Alex Metric or Wolfchild.

Fenech Soler - The Cult of Romance     
Fenech Soler - Lies (WolfChild Remix)     

The band is currently in the middle of a massive tour. Check out the dates and find out if they’re playing at a venue near you on MySpace. Buy their music on Beatport or  Fenech-Soler