Actress-singer-composer Najwa Nimri started making electronic music towards the end of the 90s with her friend Carlos Jean, a rising star in the Spanish electronica scene. Their collaboration gave birth to a first album, No blood, released under the moniker NajwaJean in 1998, and two soundtracks.
Najwa - That Cyclone
In 2001, Najwa took her first steps as a solo artist with the critically acclaimed album Carefully. It was followed in 2003 by Mayday, which spawned the hit singles “Hey Boys, Girls” and “Go Cain”.
After three years, she is finally back with a new album! Walkabout is available since February on physical CD or as a download. Stream the whole album right here.
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Based in Germany, the band Ms John Soda has already released three albums. Their last full length, Notes And The Like, was released a few months ago on hip Berlin hip label Morr Music (also home to Lali Puna). Their brand of electronic music with a twist doesn’t really lend itself to clear-cut definitions but that makes it all the more interesting.
“A nod on hold” is a good example of the kind of sound structure you can expect, with loops and different kinds of bleeps and bloops. At the same time, you’ll find lots of guitars and strings, especially on the new album. For example, “Scan the ways” is very guitar-oriented, while a track like “A million times” follows the melancholic, yet hopeful, sound of a small string ensemble. In general, the band manages to totally blend instruments and programming and the result is always incredibly smooth.
Ms John Soda - Go Check
Ms. John Soda - Oulined View
If you enjoy Notes And The Like, you should definitely give Ms John Soda’s previous releases a listen and you’ll get a couple more hours of listening pleasure. No P. or D. (2002) and While talking (2003) are definitely worth checking out.
To listen to Ms John Soda, go to their official site or to Morr Music. Buy their albums on
Many will still remember this band’s first album, Simple Things, which marked the year 2001 with its airy melodies and stunning vocals. Back then, Zero 7 was often compared to Air due to their laid back retro sound, which reminded the listener of Air’s Premiers symptômes.
Zero 7 - Futures
Originating from the UK, the group’s core is Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker. Over the years, a wide array of talented artists have contributed vocals to Binns and Hardaker’s compositions: Mozez, Sia Furler, Tina Dico, Sophie Barker, and José González to name a few.
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Sigur Rós are an Icelandic post-rock band formed in 1994 by . They hail from the same creative and vibrant Icelandic music scene as múm and Amiina. Their debut album Von (Hope) was released in 1997, followed by a remix collection, Von Brigði, in 1998. International acclaim came with 1999’s Ágætis byrjun (“An alright start”), which many critics worldwide hailed it as one of the best albums of its time.
The band recently released Takk, their fourth studio album, and it’s absolutely gorgeous. Breathtaking orchestrations and startlingly beautiful melodies combine to build a record that will bring out a different mood and emotion with every listen.
Sigur Rós - Saeglopur
Takk is the work of a band operating at the very top of their game, investing pop music with a sense of magic long since lost in the mists of time and imagination. This album is truly original and seems to exist outside common genre definitions, so much so that any comparison seems inappropriate. Takk is an instant classic, and might well turn out to be sigur rós’s masterpiece.
Find out more about Sigur Rós on their official website or on MySpace. Buy their music on