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
The artist of the day is Villeneuve. His first album is called First Date and it’s now out worlwide.
On his debut album, Villeneuve succeeds in blending together a lot of different influences to create a very special formula that could be described as pop music for the ears of the 21st century.
Mélanie Pain, already known for her participation in Nouvelle Vague, lends her beautiful and delicate voice to Villeneuve’s songs.
Villeneuve - Oh No!
Listen to more music on MySpace or on the official site here.
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If you haven’t heard of Jorge Drexler yet, he is a very talented singer songwriter and he got a shot at international fame last year after becoming the first Uruguayan ever to win an Academy Award. He won the Oscar for Best Original Song for the track “Al Otro Lado del Río” from The Motorcycle Diaries. The song also happened to be the first Spanish language song to ever be nominated and win an Oscar.
You can now find this song on the new edition of his stunning album Eco, rereleased recently to include new tracks and a live DVD. On this album, his seventh full length release, Jorge Drexler uses electronic arrangements and loops to enhance his beautifully played guitars. His songs are often based on very simple structures and very well crafted lyrics. Listen first to the songs “Fusión”, “Eco” and “Deseo”.
Jorge Drexler - Fusión
On 18 September, Jorge will release his highly anticipated new album 12 Segundos De Oscuridad. You can hear a preview of the album on his official site. Buy Jorge Drexler’s music on
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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
Sia Furler,better known as Sia, is an Australian singer/songwriter majorly known for her work with downtempo superstars Zero 7. She has released two solo albums so far: Healing is Difficult (2000) and Colour the Small One (2002), spawning hits such as “Breathe Me” and “Where I Belong”.
Sia - Numb
Listen to more music and get all the latest news and tour dates on Sia’s official site or MySpace. Buy the music on