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LALI PUNA – REMEMBER (Electronica – Germany)

Lali Puna

After more than five years of silence,  German pioneers of electronica Lali Puna are finally back with a brand new album! Despite this long absence (Lali Puna’s last LP Faking The Books was released in 2004), the band’s impact on the climate of electronic rock music remains palpable and their followers all over the world are eagerly awaiting their new album.

Lali Puna - Remember     

“Remember” is the first single taken off their forthcoming album Our Inventions, to be released in April 2010 on Morr Music.

Show Lali Puna some love on MySpace. Buy their music on Lali Puna

MMMATTHIAS – JAMES EP (Electro/House – Germany)

German electro-house mastermind MMMatthias has just released the James EP courtesy of Kiez Beats and this release is a good occasion to take a look back at his career.

This German artist  started his career in the hip hop scene as a producer of great international acts such as  Samy Deluxe and Afrob but he subsequently totally switched into the electro scene in the beginning of 2008. As a DJ he has played in many internationally renowned clubs like Flèche d’Or in Paris, Scala Club in Berlin or Case-a-Chocs in Neuchâtel, sharing stages with such artists as Steed Lord, Streetlife DJ’s and Ben Mono.

Now only producing electro tracks and remixes, his remixes of MGMT, Röysksopp or Moderat have taken the electro scene by storm and have climbed many times the most popular list of the Hype Machine.

Moderat - Les Grandes Marches (MMMatthias Remix)     

His remix of “O.N.E” for Yeasayer was recently playlisted on BBC Radio 1’s Kissy Sell Out Show.

Yeasayer - One (MMMatthias Remix)     

MMMatthias’ highly anticipated first EP comes packed with great remixes by aUtODisco, Sick Boy, Dead Disco Drivers, Kolt13, Sabotage, etc… It is now available on Beatport and MMMatthias

MMMatthias - James (Sabotage Remix)     

For more info and updates, find MMMatthias on MySpace.

LIZ GREEN – MIDNIGHT BLUES (Blues/Folk – UK)

Manchester-based singer songwriter Liz Green started out playing acoustic nights in cafés and pubs in early 2005. Night after night, she built a loyal following which lead to a record deal with burgeoning local label, Humble Soul. The style she has developed is somewhere between country and blues, but the overriding impression Liz leaves is one of a unique, natural performer with a remarkable, rich voice. But while many commentators only talk about her bluesy voice, which sounds like it could come from a 30s American Deep South diva, they tend to overlook her skills as an inspired songwriter. Indeed,  through her timeless, unique voice, she delivers powerful yet subtle lyrics  that would break the heart of even the most empty individual.

Liz Green - Midnight Blues     

She has released two critically lauded singles on Humble Soul with sessions and airplay on BBC Radio 1,2,3 and 6 Music, alongside online, local and regional shows. Show her some love on MySpace and buy her music on Liz Green

FRENCH HORN REBELLION vs DATABASE – BEACHES AND FRIENDS (Nu Disco/Electro – US)

The Beaches and Friends EP is a fantastic collection of deliciously anachronic tunes! French Horn Rebellion and Database (and multiple remixers) take us back to the 80’s and beyond with the different renditions of the gorgeous title track “Beaches and Friends”. Check it out below and buy it on iTunes.

French Horn Rebellion vs Database - Beaches and Friends     

French Horn Rebellion are Robert Perlick Molinari and David Perlick Molinari, two brothers from Milwaukee who are now based in Brooklyn. You’ll be wondering where the band’s name come from. Well, Robert actually plays the French horn but, after spending some time playing in an orchestra, he allegedly decided to rebel against the constrains of this discipline. Hence the name French Horn Rebellion. FHR have done some lush remixes for artists such as Two Door Cinema Club, Empire of the Sun or Magic Magic.

Find out more about them on MySpace.

Database are Lucio Morais and Yuri Chix. Based in São Paolo, the two are childhood friends who started working the decks in 2005 and gathered crowds of followers on the dance floor of São Paulo’s legendary club “AmpGalaxy”, now extinct. In 2008, Database released their first compilation, Uglyedits vol.1, which was later followed by the Miami EP (released on Southern Fried Records) and Uglyedits vol.2 in 2009. After collaborating with artists such as Metronomy or Golden Bug, they are now teaming up with FHR to rock the dancefloors with some solid nu-disco tunes.

More info and tour dates on MySpace. Buy on French Horn Rebellion

TAKE IT EASY HOSPITAL – HUMAN JUNGLE (Indie/Rock – Iran)

Iranian musicians Ash Koshanejad and Negar Shaghaghi come from the undergroung music scene of Teheran and, together with Pooya Koosha and Kabeh Ayati, they are Take It Easy Hospital. Now based in the UK, where they have applied for political asylum, the band first attracted major media attention when they were featured in the Award winning film “No One Knows About Persian Cats” (or “Les Chats Persans”). The movie, directed by Bahman Ghobadi, explores the lives of Ash and Negar in Iran after Ash got a 21 day prison sentence for “Playing Music”. The pair wanders the streets of Teheran as they look for other musicians to form a band and move to London.

Take It Easy Hospital - Me and You     

Now in the UK since January 2009, Ash and Negar say they can’t go back to Iran because there is no way they could live normally and play their music there, especially after the last elections. They would almost certainly get arrested by the morality police.

Since the film’s release,  Take It Easy Hospital have released the Human Jungle EP (available for download at IndieStore) featuring some of the songs in the film as well as some of their other tunes. They are currently working in the studio and hope to release a fully-fledged album later this year.

Listen to more music on their official site or MySpace and buy their EP on Take It Easy Hospital