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CROOKERS – TONS OF FRIENDS (Electro/Dance/Club – Italy)

Italian DJ duo Crookers are fast becoming one of the most blogged about electro acts on the blogosphere and we have to give credit where it is due, they’re pretty good! Bot and Phra have worked together since 2003, brought together by a common desire to explore dance music. Phra says: “It felt natural to team up, seeing that we had the same musical tastes… which isn’t that easy here in Milan”

After releasing three EPs in the past couple of years, they are now presenting their first album, Tons Of Friends, out since March 8. The record features Soulwax, Yelle, Miike Snow, Róisín Murphy and then some.

Crookers - Remedy (Feat. Miike Snow)     
Crookers - Hold Up Your Hand (Feat. Roisin Murphy)     

Drawing from influences of house, hip hop and beyond, Crookers blend their beats with the kind of fidget house finesse that gives birth to tracks that twist, startle and surprise with synthetic pop.

Crookers - Cooler Couleur (Feat. Yelle) (Junkie XL Remix)     

The boys are also known for their remixes of artists such as Basement Jaxx, Fever Ray or Lady Gaga. For the record, their remix of Kid Cudi’s “Day’N’Nite” entered the UK singles chart straight at number 2!

Show Crookers some love on MySpace and get their music on Crookers

GUI BORATTO – TAKE MY BREATH AWAY (Minimal/Electronica – Brazil)

If you love electronic tunes that think outside the box, then look no further than Gui Boratto. After teasing us for two years with a string of singles and remixes, this Brazilian DJ/producer is presenting us with his second full-length release, Take My Breath Away, which really sets a new standard for minimal-tech/house music. Boratto’s blend of electronic beats, soaring melodies and haunting synths is sure to keep you hooked all through this record, which is destined both for the dancefloors and your home stereos.

Gui Boratto - No Turning Back     

Between deep techno tracks and electro pop gems, Take My Breath Away is a carefully crafted collection of subtle electronica numbers, flowing along gently but never forgetting its mission, which is to make us throw our hands up in the air. Unlike most other dance releases though, Boratto’s  album is not a collection of stand alone hits compiled together, but rather a fully cohesive whole. You can purchase Take My Breath Away on Gui Boratto

Let’s not forget Boratto’s work as a remixer. His collaborations with Guy J, Adam Freeland and Bomb The Bass, amongst others, have earned him international recognition. Just below, you can listen to his remix of Ada’s “Lovestoned”, which simply cannot be described with words…

Ada - Lovestoned (Gui Boratto Remix)     

Gui’s recent remix of Massive Attack’s “Paradise Circus” is yet another master stroke. This melody oriented remix combines melancholic piano keys, Hope Sandoval’s haunting vocals and a killer beat. The result is a track that only adds to the haunting beauty of the original.

Massive Attack - Paradise Circus (Gui Boratto Remix)     

Show Gui Boratto some love on his official site or on MySpace.

REDLIGHT – REMIXES (Club/Electro/House – US)

Redlight is a DJ / producer who spent the last two years rocking clubs in NYC and crafting high energy remixes for artists such as Boris Dlugosch, Kings of Convenience or Ladyhawke. Having now relocated to LA, he is spending less time DJing and concentrating on production work. He has released a few original tracks and some pretty amazing mashups.

Cut Copy - Ghosts on Fire (RedLight Mashup)     

All of Redlight’s remixes seek to improve on the original and to make them ever more dancefloor friendly. With this in mind, he brings his personal touch to the tracks he remixes and often comes up with remixes that are completely different from the originals. His take on Vampire Weekend’s “Ottoman” is eloquent enough in this respect…

Vampire Weekend - Ottoman (Redlight Remix)     

Always in touch with the latest trends, Redlight just dropped an excellent remix of up-and-coming Irish band Two Door Cinema Club. On the heels of their recently released debut album and a sold out European tour, this trio has been getting a lot of media attention. With this great remix of their song “What You Know”, they’re now sure to take the dancefloors by storm…

Two Door Cinema Club - What You Know (Redlight Remix)     

For more info, check out Redlight’s blog or head over to MySpace.

LAZERSONIC & ZAK FROST – AQUAPLANE (Electronica/House – UK)

Lazersonic & Zak Frost are two London-based producers with a strong electronic heritage. Zak Frost, synonymous with the infamous Nodisko parties, has been a key figure on the European DJ circuit for the last decade. Lazersonic is rapidly establishing himself as one of the hottest new producers on the block. Their first collaboration “Aquaplane” is a very smooth and extremely atmospherical tune, released by Turbo Recordings in 2009. Throwing in elements of dub, spaced-out disco and psychedelia, this track is a must-buy, especially the  Williams Remix, that you can get in digital format on Beatport.

Lazersonic & Zak Frost - Aquaplane     

For their second release, “Levels” which has already gained support from the likes of David Guetta on his international “F**k Me I’m Famous” radio show. The track has a massive bassline and features unique vocals from Ali Love. “Levels” is a sonic assault on the senses, backed with two remixes from Shadow Dancer (Boys Noize Records) and a storming remix from newcomer Kill The Hero.  Expect it to be dominating the all the right clubs in all the right places. Buy “Levels” on Beatport or Lazersonic and Zak Frost

Lazersonic & Zak Frost - Levels (Kill The Hero Remix)     

Anticipating their debut album, Adventures In Stereo, coming in 2010,  Lazersonic & Zak Frost are lining up plenty of new productions, remixes and gigs so you’ll be hearing a lot more of their material in the next few months. Find out more and listen to their music on MySpace.

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