American experimental rock band Battles was formed in New York City in 2002 by John Stanier (drums), Ian Williams (guitar/keys), Dave Konopka (guitar) and Tyondai Braxton (guitar/keys/vox). After releasing a string of EPs between 2004 and 2006, the band released their first album, Mirrored, in 2007 to widespread critical acclaim.
Battles - Leyendecker
Battles mixes avant-garde, rock and pop to come up with a sound that breaks new ground in modern music and sounds like some kind of futuristic rock. Alternatively soothing, unnerving or confusing, Mirrored will probably be considered a milestone in alternative rock a few years down the line.
Battles - Tonto
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It’s already been four years since Lo-Fi-Fnk‘s promising 2006 debut Boylife, a long wait for their numerous fans, but here is a brand new track from the Swedish electro duo to sate their thirst for new material. “Marchin’ In” is a summery pop-infused song featuring chiming piano and a delightful melody.
Lo-Fi-Fnk - Marchin' In
This new song seems to have borrowed more from Tough Alliance or Pacific! than Lo-Fi-Fnk’s more dance-oriented previous material. With sun-kissed vocals and prevalent bonges, it substitutes the angular beats of Boylife for something more Balearic. This could have been a difficult transition for Mattias Erik Johansson and Isak Martinsson but they manage to pull it off and “Marchin’ In” feels effortlessly smooth and breezy.
Word on the street is that the duo will release a full-length album sometime next year but details are scarce. To stay in the loop, find Lo-Fi-Fnk on MySpace or check out their official site. Buy all the music on
Revolver are Christophe Musset, Ambroise Willaume and Jérémie Arcache. “Balulalow” is taken off their debut album Music For A While, out now on Delabel/EMI.
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Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Gabriel Ríos relocated to Belgium with his family at an early age. Very active in the local music scene, Ríos was in various bands before starting his solo career. His first record, Ghostboy (2005), was produced by Jo Bogaert (of Technotronic) and featured a mix of Latin, hip hop, rock and electronica. The main single, “Broad Daylight,” was a sizeable hit in Belgium, as well as in the Netherlands and France.
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Home Video is an electronic rock duo composed of Collin Ruffino and David Gross, two transplants from the misunderstood landscape of New Orleans, now living in the brooding brownstones of Brooklyn, New York. It was in New York that they were discovered by Warp Records, who put out the band’s first two releases in 2004, “That You Might” and “Citizen”, which garnered the attention of BBC Radio 1, NME and Rolling Stone.
In 2006, Defend Music released the band’s first full-length, No Certain Night or Morning, as well as a 12-inch for the single “Penguin,” which included a remix by DFA Records’ Tim Goldsworthy. From this album, Grammy-nominated DJ Sasha later picked two songs to remix for his Invol2ver compilation, which also included reworked songs from Ladytron, Thom Yorke, Telefon Tel Aviv and Apparat. Following this release, in 2009 the band released the It Will Be Ok EP, featuring the hauntingly beautiful track “I Can Make You Feel”. Stream it below and watch the video HERE.
Home Video - I Can Make You Feel It
Outside of recording, the band has toured with Blonde Redhead, Colder, Yeasayer and has opened for acts such as Justice, Flying Lotus, Radio 4 and Pinback.
For more info, check out Home Video’s official site or find them on MySpace. Buy their music on