GENERAL ELEKTRIKS – CLIQUETY KLIQK (Electro/Lounge/HipHop – France)

Hervé Salters is the artist behind one-man-band General Elektriks. A French keyboardist with a self-confessed passion for vintage keyboards, Hervé Salters initiated General Electrics just before moving to San Francisco. Using a computer and his oldschool keys, he started sowing together loops, Funky keyboards, light melodies and digital noises.

General Elektriks - Tu m'intrigues     

His debut, Cliquety Kliqk, was a collection of 12 retro futuristic pieces where electronica meets hip-hop and funk. The album was first released in France by Bleu Electric, then picked up by Compost for Europe and by Quannum for the US.

Aesthetically, GE is a project that refuses to be classified. A mix of vintage sounds, hip hop beats, dreamy vocals and cinematic arrangements, Cliquety Kliqk embraces all of RV’s musical addictions. Radically new yet strangely familiar, General Electrics is a breath of fresh air in your music collection.

LALI PUNA – ALIENATION (Electronica/Indie – Germany)

Lali Puna

Experimental electronica outfit Lali Puna team up with Portland-based beat maker Alias and the result of this collaboration is an entrancing remix of “Alienation”, taken off Lali Puna’s fantastic new album Faking The Books (Morr Music, 2004).

Lali Puna - Alienation (Alias Remix)     

A fine remix by all standards, “Alienation” sublimates the original and perfectly encapsulates the essence of Lali Puna’s music: sobriety and minimalism mixed with intense emotions. The song slowly builds up, one beat at a time, and gently leads you to its breathtaking climax (2’20”).

Find out more about Lali Puna on MySpace and buy their music on Lali Puna

SIA – COLOUR THE SMALL ONE (Indie/Pop – Australia)

Sia

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     

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ENCRE – FLUX (Experimental – France)

Encre is a project spearheaded by French composer / performer Yann Tambour. His entrancing pieces are built around guitar, sampled instruments and loops but feel strangely organic. Mainly instrumental, these tightly knit collages are dark pieces that conjure up melodies by great masters such as Gainsbourg, Jacques Brel, Leonard Cohen or Nick Drake.

Encre - Flux     

Flux is the second album by Encre and it includes eight atypical orchestral compositions that are the result of a careful and meticulous creative process. Immersed in this well orchestrated chaos, you might lose track of time and find yourself transported to lands you had never seen before.

Find out more about Encre on MySpace. Buy on Encre

MOLOKO – STATUES (Indie/Dance – UK/Ireland)

Anglo/Irish duo Moloko are back with their unmistakable sound! Following 2000’s Things to Make and Do, they return with an album that is more dance-oriented than its predecessor but retains its organic feeling. With Statues artistic partners and former lovers Róisín Murphy and Mark Brydon share ten songs that describe the various emotional milestones in a romantic relationship (or rather as it comes apart).

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As you may remember, the band emerged in 1995 with their debut album Do You Like My tight Sweater and broke into the mainstream a few years later when “Sing It Back” was remixed by house music producer Boris Dlugosch. The track was a massive hit in Ibiza and this remixed version broke into the top-five of the UK singles chart in 1999, eventually appearing on over a hundred music compilations.

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