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Originally the solo musical project of Zachary Condon, Beirut is a mix of folk, orchestral pop, Balkan music and all sorts of other bits and pieces. This eclectic sound is mainly the result of Condon’s extensive travelling around Europe. At the age of 16, he set out to explore the Old Continent and spent his nights partying and playing music with locals. One evening in Paris, he met the Boban Marković Orkestar and spent the night jamming with the Serbian artists.
Beirut’s first album, Gulag Orkestar, was the direct result of that fintense first introduction to Balkan music. While it may sound like an entire orchestra playing mournful ballads and upbeat marches, the album was performed and recorded almost entirely by Condon alone, with Jeremy Barnes adding percussion and some violin overlays.
Beirut has since expanded into a band and played countless gigs in Europe and the US. Its live set up currently consists of Zach Condon (trumpet, flugelhorn and ukulele), Perrin Cloutier (accordion and cello), Nick Petree (drums), Paul Collins (bass), Kelly Pratt (trumpet, French horn and glockenspie), Ben Lanz (trombone and tuba), Jared van Fleet (piano).
The Flying Club Cup, like its predecessor, is a stunning piece of work. Condon’s intuitive songwriting ability and sense of experimentation are at the core of this almost magical record, the kind of record that you will happily and willingly over and over again, always finding new subtleties and nuances that you hadn’t heard before.
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Róisín Murphy releases her new single “Let Me Know” on October 8th 2007 with the brand new album Overpowered following on October 15th. Co-written and produced by Andy Cato of Groove Armada, and mixed by Dan Carey (Kylie, Sly & Robbie, CSS, Lily Allen), “Let Me Know” is a floor-filling electro anthem. Check out the amazing video directed by Daniel Wolfe.
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Formed in 2007, The Dø is a folk/rock duo comprised of Finnish vocalist Olivia Bouyssou Merilahti and Paris-born multi-instrumentalist Dan Levy. The unexpected success of their debut album, A Mouthful, which climbed all the way to the top of the French charts, took the industry by surprise. The band’s youthful exuberance and fresh folky sound conquered the hearts of many, even though some critics were put of by their unruly mixing of genres and styles.
Playing non-stop on my mp3 right now is “I Get Around” by Dragonette…
This Canadian electropop four piece is great at crafting catchy pop songs with great hooks and this exactly what they did on their new single “I Get Around”. Uplifting, unashamedly pop and highly danceable, this is excatly the kind of music you what you wanna hear when you’re riding the metro and everyone around you looks sad and grey. Give it a try and you might end up dancing and singing in the metro very soon.
The band consists of singer-songwriter Martina Sorbara, bassist and producer Dan Kurtz, guitarist Chris Hugget and drummer Joel Stouffer. Their first record, the Dragonette EP, was released in 2005, prior to signing a record deal with Mercury Records. Dragonette then relocated to London to record their debut album Galore and toured the UK supporting local acts, including Basement Jaxx.
The singles “Take It Like A Man” and “I Get Around” performed quite poorly on UK charts but Dragonette did get some airplay with “The Boys”, a cover of Calvin Harris‘ hit single “The Girls”, and they also became a favourite of many electro blogs…
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