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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


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

saturday nite with… BARRETSO

Chilean dreamwave wizard Barretso has already started to pique the attention of the hottest music blogs from around the globe, with his remix work on the likes of Justice, Monomen and Astro.

Astro - Hongo Atomic (Barretso Remix)     

Ever since he dropped his first track “Midnight Walk”, the buzz has been building up around Barretso’s synthpop / nu disco styles. Now bloggers and music fans alike are all eagerly awaiting the release of his debut EP Bright City Lights. Well, the wait should be over soon! Tuff Em Up Records has announced the imminent release of Barretso’s first effort.

The EP will include “Midnight Walk” and a few remixes of the title track “Bright City Lights”. Influenced by the best of 80’s music, this track is a mix of nu-disco and electropop, built around smooth dreamy vocals. And more importantly, it will make you dance!! The remix we’re giving you just below is a funkier take on the original and it comes courtesy of Kolt13…

Barretso - Bright City Lights (KOLT13 Remix)     
Barretso - Midnight Walk     

Keep an eye out for Barretso’s first release and go show him some love on MySpace.

SUNGLASSES – WHIPLASH (Electronica/Reggae – US)

Sunglasses is a duo fronted by 8000 bam bam (Samuel Cooper) & Baby Seal (Brady Keehn). They first started working together at Savannah College of Art and Design during the post production stage of Samuel’s senior thesis film, MILES. Once the work was completed, the two had worked so well together on the project that starting a new one only made sense. Thus Sunglasses was born.

Sunglasses - Whiplash     

The track they sent us, “Whiplash”, is an insanely catchy tune and may remind you of bands such as MGMT or Passion Pit. This song really bends genre boundaries, mixing a very reggae-like rhythm, elements of indie pop music and electronic bleeps and bops. Listen to it a couple of times and you’ll instantly feel like it’s summer all over again. Not a small feat in this cold weather…

Stop by Sunglasses’ MySpace and say hi!

YEASAYER – ODD BLOOD (Indie/Psychedelic/Electronica – US)

As we write, Brooklyn-based indie band Yeasayer is fast becoming one of the most blogged about band on the internet. Anand Wilder, Chris Keating and Ira Wolf Tuton have been around for a few years now and they have worked with artists such as Bat For Lashes or Simian Mobile Disco and toured with MGMT or Beck. Their first album, All Hour Cymbals, garnered critical acclaim from underground-oriented web sites but failed to receive mainstream success (get it on iTunes). Its multi-layered textures and quirky psychedelic turned it into a favourite for many reviewers but was sometimes considered too quirky and experimental. Be that as it may the track “Sunrise” is definitely one of our faves here at umstrum||music…

Yeasayer - Sunrise     
Yeasayer - Sunrise (Hey Champ Remix)     

The band is now signed to Secretly Canadian and ready to release their highly anticipated sophomore album. Their new LP is called Odd Blood and it will be available on February 9, 2010. To create Odd Blood, Yeasayer holed themselves up in the hills of Woodstock, NY, before putting the final touches on the album in New York City. The result is a gorgeous indie record that indulges in nu-wave and electropop but easily transcends both genres. It is full of coulour and definitely packed with great tracks.

Yeasayer - I Remember     

All in all it really looks like 2010 is going to be Yeasayer’s big breakthrough year… Keep up with the boys and check out their tour dates (America and Europe) on MySpace. Buy their music on Yeasayer