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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

saturday nite with… MSTRKRFT

MSTRKRFT (pronounced “Master-craft”) is an electronic music duo from Toronto, currently signed to Dim Mak Records. This project was started in 2005 by Jesse F. Keeler formerly of Death from Above 1979 and Al-P (Alex Puodziukas) formerly of the electropop group Girlsareshort. Al-P was also the producer for Death from Above 1979’s album You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine. The duo has been close friends, as well as work partners, for a long time. MSTRKRFT also produced Die Mannequin’s first EP, How to Kill, and Magneta Lane’s second LP, Dancing With Daggers.

MSTRKRFT (ft. John Legend) - Heartbreaker (Wolfgang Gartner Remix)     

To quote Keeler and Al-P, MSTRKRFT is “interested in making people feel like they want to dance, at least a little bit, so it’s all about whatever it takes to get people there.” They adopt the same mantra when it comes to remixing other artists. No wonder the list of remixes they have produced is virtually endless, including artists such as Chromeo, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MetricAnnie and The Kills.

Their LP Fist Of God is out since August 2009 and you can download it from iTunes. For more MSTRKRFT music go to MySpace.

BODI BILL – TIP TOE WALK (SIRIUSMO REMIX) (Indie/Electronica – Germany)

Berlin-based trio Bodi Bill make music that really breaks boundaries. Electrofolk? Experimental electronica? Indie pop? Well, let’s forget about genre definitions and focus on the music. Alex Amoon, Fabian Fenk (aka Pantasz) and Anton K. Feisthave have already released two albums and are currently working on their third LP. Their acclaimed debut, No More Wars, was followed by their equally amazing sophomore album Next Time, released in May 2008 (both albums on Sinnbus).

Bodi Bill - Tip Toe Walk (Siriusmo Remix)     

“Tip Toe Walk” was given the remix treatment by Siriusmo, who is fast becoming one of our favourites here at umstrum||music. This mix is a completely different take on the original and its slow grinding vibe is so implacable it’s almost unnatural. Hypnotic loops, overpowering bass and jazzy keyboards wrap around compelling vocals and leave a penetrating impression of melancholy.

Check out Bodi Bill’s albums on MySpace and buy them on Bodi Bill

GLASS ANIMALS – GOLDEN ANTLERS (TripHop/Downtempo – UK)

Not much is known about Glass Animals, except for the fact that they are based in London, they are still unsigned and their page on MySpace (where you can listen to two songs) was created only recently…

What I do know is that they were kind enough to drop one of their tracks in umstrum’s inbox yesterday and the song has been on repeat ever since…

“Golden Antlers” is one of those dark electronic tracks that stick in your mind and leave you with a feeling half way between pleasure and pain.. Much like early Telefon Tel Aviv, Son Lux or L’altra, Glass Animals build their track around the dramatic tension between the minimalistic arrangements and the frail vocals. The atmosphere is highly claustrophobic throughout the track but, for some reason, you get trapped in this structure and you end wanted to listen to “Golden Antlers” again and again…

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