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CARIBOU – SWIM (Indie/Psych/Pop – Canada)

Caribou is Canadian-born Dan Snaith, who formerly recorded under the moniker Manitoba. Coming from a family of mathematicians, Snaith  spent many years torn between music and maths. In 2005, he completed his PhD at the University of London and is now working full time on his music. Known for altering his sound with each subsequent release, he incorporates electronic textures and breakbeat drums and creates a lush musical panorama.

His last album, Andorra (2007, City Slang), won Canada’s Polaris Music Prize, so hopes are high for the follow-up. Caribou’s new LP, Swim, will be out April 20, courtesy of Merge in North America and City Slang in the UK and Europe. The album’s opening track “Odessa” is available for free download on Caribou’s official site.

Caribou - Odessa     

Recorded between Wales and Canada, the album has been described by Snaith as folllows: “I got excited by the idea of making dance music that’s liquid in the way it flows back and forth, the sounds slosh around in pitch, timbre, pan… Dance music that sounds like it’s made out of water, rather than made out of metallic stuff like most dance music does.”

As a bonus, here’s “Lord Leopard”, taken off Caribou’s 2005 release The Milk Of Human Kindness.

Caribou - Lord Leopard     

Find out more on MySpace and download Caribou’s music on Caribou

TRACEY THORN – LOVE AND ITS OPPOSITE (Folk/Indie – UK)

Tracey Thorn‘s new album Love And Its Opposite will be released on May 17. There will be a single with remixes out in April, but to keep you going until then you can download the album’s opening track, “Oh, The Divorces!” for free HERE. Granted leave of absence from Virgin/EMI, Tracey will see the album released on partner Ben Watt‘s Strange Feeling Records, where she joins labelmates such as The Unbending Trees and Copenhagen’s Figurines.

Tracey Thorn - Oh     

With Love And Its Opposite Tracey Thorn departs from the electrofolk sound that infused her 2007 release Out Of The Woods. The latter was her first strictly solo album since 1982’s indie classic A Distant Shore and it received rave reviews. Ranging from subdued electronica to downright glittering disco, the songs on Out Of The Woods really enhance Thorn’s lyrics and magical voice.

Tracey Thorn - It's All True     

Let’s not forget that Tracey Thorn was also one half of Everything But The Girl with partner Ben Watt. The band left behind them a large collection of hits, one of the most memorable being “Missing”, here remixed by Todd Terry. Oh, the 90s…

Everything But The Girl - Missing (Todd Terry Remix)     

Follow Tracey Thorn’s updates on her official site and MySpace. Buy the album on Tracey Thorn

STREETLAB – NY SOUND (Electro/Club – US)

Streetlab are a production duo out of Brooklyn, NY. In their brief career, they have released numerous remixes (Rolling Stones, Crystal Castles, Hot Chip) that have been floating around the blogosphere and getting a fair amount of media attention.

Just below is their great remix of no less great “Sleepyhead” by Passion Pit.

Passion Pit - Sleepyhead (Streetlab mix)     

Streetlab are releasing their debut album on April 20th and it will come on the heels of their single “NYSound”.

Streetlab - NYSound     

For more info, check out Streetlab’s official site or go to MySpace.

Buy on Streetlab

BORIS DLUGOSCH – BANGKOK (REDLIGHT REMIX) (Electro/House – Germany)

Boris Dlugosch a German electronic artist, mostly known for funky/deep house tracks, often produced in conjunction with Mousse T and Michi Lange, his partners in the Peppermint Jam Records label. Let’s introduce here Dlugosch’s memorable track “Bangkok”, released towards the end of ’09 and playlisted by BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac amongst others. The track has now just received the remix treatment!

The version you can hear below has NYC-based DJ/producer RedLight skip the whole intro to go straight to the point  and  highlight the melody, really pumping up the whole track.. That’s one the dancefloor!

Boris Dlugosch - Bangkok (Redlight Remix)     

Boris Dlugosch on MySpace // RedLight on MySpace

SON LUX – AT WAR WITH WALLS AND MAZES (IDM/Breakbeat – US)

Son Lux

Ryan Lott, or Son Lux, is a classically trained artist who started playing the piano at age 6, then picked up the guitar, learned to play drums and took some jazz piano lessons. While studying composition and piano at Indiana University, Lott first explored writing for dance choreography, something that he continued even after he moved to NYC in 2007.

Son Lux - Break     

Son Lux was then signed to Anticon and released his stunning debut album, At War with Walls and Mazes, in 2008. The songs, with no verses and no choruses, break the patterns of traditional contemporary music. They are part of a very coherent stylistic whole but at the same time all diferent. The mix of soulful electronica, sharp beats and hip-hop influences builds a sonic puzzle that Son Lux puts together and breaks apart with great skill.

Son Lux - Throw     

Listen to Son Lux’s remix of My Brightest Diamond’s song “Inside a Boy” and also Son Lux’ track “where|sir” on the compilation U R MY DISCO//vol.2 and find out more about Son Lux on MySpace. You can purchase his music on