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BOT’OX – BABYLON BY CAR (Electronic/PostPunk – France)

French electronic duo Bot’Ox is Benjamin Boguet (aka Cosmo Vitelli) and Julien Briffaz (half of Tekël), two musicians and producers brought together by a passion for music in general and a nostalgia for the long-lost golden age of the industrial era. After a few critically acclaimed singles, released on labels as essential as DFA, I’m a Cliché, DC Recordings or Marketing, the duo is gearing up for the release of their first full-length album, Babylon By Car, next October on Parisian label I’m A Cliche.

The album presents a selection of newly edited songs from the past and a handful of new tunes. On the one hand, the older tracks offer a glimpse of the dark and slightly vicious side of Bot’Ox, as in the post-apocalyptic title track which was first released two years ago on Death From Above. On the other, the new songs reveal a new side of the duo’s personality: mellower but still quite unsettling with their (false) monotony.

Bot'OX - Rue De l'Arsenal (Yuksek Remix)     

Babylon By Car counts with a few first class guest vocalists. The song “Tout Passe, Tout Lasse, Tout Casse” is sung by Judy Nylon, half of the cult band Snatch, from the No Wave New York of the late 70’s. “Slow Burning,” at the end of the album, features Mark Kerr, also on “Tragedy Symphony” and “Blue Steel” is glorified by the toneless voice of Anna Jean, from the band Domingo.

Bot'Ox - Blue Steel     

Far from your usual musical canons and re-hashed structures, Bot’Ox do their own thing, giving birth to greatly personal music. Like the last tracking shot in a movie, Babylon By Car exudes both melancholy and hope. Built on this ambiguity between nostalgia and modernity, between pop and post-punk, electronica and rock, past and future, the duo’s first LP is a journey into its creators psyche. Buckle up and drive safely!

You can show Bot’Ox some love on MySpace and buy most of their music online at Bot'Ox

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DANGER MOUSE & SPARKLEHORSE – DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL (Alternative/Rock/Folk – US)

Danger Mouse Sparklehorse

Sparklehorse and Danger Mouse‘s project Dark Night of the Soul had a long convoluted life, throughout its creation, cancelled release and final official release last month. Announced two years ago, the project started out as a collaboration between American artist and producer Brian Joseph Burton (aka Danger Mouse) and multi instrumentalist Mark Linkous (Sparklehorse).

Grammy winning producer and composer Danger Mouse is best known for his joint effort with rapper/vocalist Cee-Lo Green. As Gnarls Barkley they received major accolades and considerable commercial success. Singer songwriter Mark Linkous, who committed suicide in March 2010, was a renowned indie-rock artist. He released four albums under the name Sparklehorse between 1995 and 2006.

Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse - Everytime (Ft. Jason Lytle)     

Their musical collaboration was enriched with David Lynch’s vision, who actually sings on a couple of tracks on the album. The veteran filmmaker created a series of surreal photographs, which were inspired by the music Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse were creating around him. The photographs were intended to illustrate a book designed as a visual narrative for the music.

Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse - Little Girl (Ft. Julian Casablancas)     

Dark Night of The Soul features an all-star cast of guest vocalists including James Mercer of The Shins, Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals, Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, Julian Casablancas of The Strokes, Frank Black, Iggy Pop… These singers also had a hand in composing and producing the work.

Check out Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse’s official site. Buy the album on Dark

EBERG – ANTIDOTE (Indie/Electronica/Pop – Iceland)

Eberg is a young Icelandic musician who made his debut in 2003. With his electronica-meets-indie rock sound, Eberg quickly made a name for himself.

His first album, Plastic Lion, was originally a limited edition Iceland-only release, with 50 CDs packaged in handmade wooden cases. The profits raised from the sale of these 50 first exclusive copies allowed the band to make more CDs, with a more conventional packaging this time. Plastic Lion was then distributed by Bad Taste in Iceland by Rotator in the UK the next year.

Eberg’s second album, Voff Voff, followed in the footsteps of his debut, still mixing electronic arrangements, traditional instruments and samples. The album got rave reviews among critics and bloggers and some of the singles  (most notably “Inside Your Head”) became hits in the UK, getting airplay on UK hit-maker radio BBC Radio 1.

Eberg - Inside Your Head     

On his third album, Antidote, Eberg manages to create a perfect balance of moods and styles. On this largely varied album, he flirts with indie rock, brings in hints of trip-hop and embraces dreampop. Poignant and quirky, his songs are at times nostalgic, at times hopeful, but always earnest.  There are more fuzzed-up guitars this time around but there is still a fair amount of experimentation with textures and sounds. Sharp and concise, and always recognizably Eberg, Antidote is what critics were expecting from Eberg and he has delivered.

Eberg - Antidote     

If you want to find out more about Eberg or sample some of his new songs, visit his page on MySpace and check out his newly released video for “The Right Thing To Do”. Please show your support and buy his music on Eberg

SUNBIRDS – RIVER RUN (Alternative/Pop/Rock – UK)

Sunbirds are much more than just another indie rock band! With members hailing from London, Los Angeles and France, they have developed a rare sense of sonic eclecticism that directly results from the combination of their culturally diverse backgrounds .

United through their love of music, the four piece found a new home in London, where they are now based. Together they make very catchy, melodic pop/rock with a nice twist of psychedelia, sometimes reminiscent of US indie sensation Yeasayer or Australian underground mainstay Lost Valentinos

Sunbirds - Sunshine     

Sunbirds relish the classics of rock music and psychedelia so it’s only natural that their sound should be influenced by the music of their forefathers. Through experimentation and endless hours of work in the studio, they have managed to create a sound that is both deeply rooted in the past and looking straight to the future, making it utterly timeless.

Sunbirds’ brilliant debut EP, River Run, will be out digitally on July 19 2010. It will be available worldwide through Smoky Carrot but if you can’t wait, you can listen to it in streaming HERE.

In the meantime, you can get a free download of the single “Sunshine” on Sunbirds’ official website and show the boys some love on MySpace.

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KASPER BJORKE – YOUNG AGAIN (Electro/Club – Denmark)

Kasper Bjorke

Danish electro DJ and producer Kasper Bjørke comes from the heart of the thriving Copenhagen electronic scene. He started spinning records in Denmark in the 90s and is well known for his banging DJ-sets, in which he draws from genres ranging from disco, electro, rock to techno and minimal. He is also one half of electro duo Filur with Tomas Barfod (aka Tomboy, also a part of WhoMadeWho).

In 2007 Kasper signed to NYC-based indie/dance label Plant Music and released his solo debut In Gumbo. Featuring collaborations with musicians and singers such as Liquid Liquid’s Dennis Young, New York angelic sisters The Pierces, Icelanders FM Belfast and Gus Gus singer Blake (aka Magnús Jónsson), the album was endorsed by DJs ranging from Laurent Garnier and Brodinsky to Stretch Armstrong.

Kasper Bjorke - Doesn’t Matter (Remix)     

His second album Standing On Top of Utopia was released in February 2010 and instantly became a hit with the international press. Dazed & Confused, Nylon Magazine, Time Out NYC, Dj Mag as well as numerous blogs were full of praises. The album has spawned three singles so far (“Young Again”, “Alcatraz” and “Efficient Machine”) and remixes by some really big names in the electro music industry: Trentemøller, Zombie Disco Squad, Matías Aguayo, The Juan MacLean, WhoMadeWho, Serge Santiago…

Kasper Bjorke - Young Again (Serge Santiago Italo Boot Remix)     

Kasper Bjorke - Young Again (Whomadewho & Tomboy Remix)     

The brilliant first single, “Young Again”, was released at the end of 2009, ahead of new album’s international release. Featuring stunning vocals by Danish indie singer Jacob Bellens, “Young Again” came with a beautiful video that you can watch HERE.

For more info and updates, pay Kasper a visit on MySpace and if you like his music, go buy it on Kasper Bjørke