ZERO 7 – THE GARDEN (Electronica/LoFi – UK)

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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JORGE DREXLER – ECO (Acoustic/Pop – Uruguay)

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 Jorge

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CAMILLE – LE FIL (Alternative/Acoustic/Pop – France)

Camille Dalmais, a one time political science student, made her musical debut in 2002 with Le Sac Des Filles, her first full-length album.

After taking part in the project “Nouvelle Vague”, Camille released her second album, Le Fil, in 2005 and sold over 250.000 copies in France. This conceptual album is built on one note (a “B”) that starts at the beginning of the album and goes on like a thread (le fil, in French) until the end. The songs are based essentially on voice, sounds and raw emotions is now being released in the rest of the world and it is already becoming a classic.

Camille - Au Port     

There is also a brand new live CD (EMI, 2006) where you will find a selection of tracks from Le fil and from Camille’s first album Le sac des filles.

To find out more about Camille, check out her page on MySpace or her official site. You can buy her music on Camille

FOUR TET – ROUNDS (Electronica/Downtempo – UK)

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SIGUR RÓS – TAKK (PostRock/Electronica – Iceland)

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 Sigur

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