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SHINDU – HAPPY HOUSE (Electro/Pop – Belgium)

Out of the dark and into the blue, two boys and a girl from Belgium collide to create Shindu. A refreshing synthpopsensation that embodies the challenge to take music into the dawn of a new era. Shindu started out as DJ duo Static & Greedy, created a while back by Christopher D’havé and Maxime Abbenbroek, who spent years journeying through Belgian club life and sharing their quirky mixture of electro with crowds of happy dancers. To complete the band, they needed a strong leading lady so they set up some auditions and it quickly became clear that Chibi was the right one for the job. As for the icing, they got introduced to producer Sebastiaan Vandevoorde (aka Moonlight Matters), met up in the studio, exchanged some ideas and finally felt we’d established the perfect team to get things started.

Shindu – Happy House

Shindu create jaunty yet clever dancefloor-friendly tracks drenched in late 80s electronica and synthy atmospherics. Their version of Siouxsie and the Banshees’ 1980 classic song “Happy House” is too good, so here it is for you to enjoy. The Happy House EP with remixes from Herr Styler, Midnight Savari, JBAG, Martians and Polydor is out since June 27th on Kitsuné.

Shindu - Happy House (Martians Remix)     

The Belgian trio is now polishing its live act and planning to take it on the road real soon all around Europe and beyond. The next step will be getting back in the studio to cook up some new tracks. For more info, check out their official site or follow them on Facebook. Buy the Happy House EP on Happy House - Shindu

PETER & THE MAGICIAN – TWIST (Electro/NuDisco – Belgium/France)

The Magician

After parting ways with Aeroplane partner Vito DeLuca last year, Stephen Fasano soon resurfaced as The Magician. Under this new moniker, he started releasing brilliant mixtapes of shiny Italo Disco on SoundCloud and he produced remixes for the likes of The Aikiu, Beni and Lykke Li.

Yuksek - On A Train (The Magician Remix)     
Beni - It's A Bubble (The Magician Remix)     

Fasano and French electro master Yuksek have been collaborating ever since the former’s split with Aeroplane and together they have created the duo Peter & The Magician. The project has been stirring up excitement and curiosity among DJs and electro lovers since the release of their first single “Twist” on Kitsuné Maison Compilation 11 back in May.

Now things are going even crazier with their debut EP released last week June 20th on Kitsuné. The Twist EP features the original mix of the title track and two brand new songs: “La Fiorentina” and “Love in Rimini”. This new endeavour goes even deeper into the disco-tinged electro world of these two music obsessed fellows and the trip is well worth the wait! Check out “Twist” just below…

Peter & The Magician seem to have found the rarest musical alchemy and made of it an instant classic. The combination of Fasano’s and Yuksek’s personal styles gives birth to a perfectly balanced fusion of dancey beats, Balearic disco and synthpop. While it is still unclear whether the duo will continue or if it’s a one-off collaboration, let’s just enjoy this for now and hope there will be more…

For more info, find The Magician on MySpace. Buy the Twist EP on Peter & The Magician

WE SEEM TO HAVE MISPLACED OUR IGLOO – JUNO (Indie/Electro – Belgium)

We Seem To Have Misplaced Our Igloo

Among the multitude of indie electro band these days (think Delphic, Two Door Cinema Club or We Have Band), it’s difficult to make a difference. And yet this is what this young Belgian band is trying to do. We Seem To Have Misplaced Our Igloo consists of Maarten Moens (vocals, guitar, synth), Tom Vandenbogaerde (guitar, percussion, synth), Esli Gaeremijn (drums, percussion) and Kjelle Vergauwe (bass, vocals), four friends who like indie rock band with dancepunk and new wave influences and who have been making music together since late 2007. They received the Cutting Edge award 2009 for “best Myspace Talent”. That same year they released their first EP, Science Will Bring Us Together, which helped them win some local music contests and get a few major gigs.

We Seem To Have Misplaced Our Igloo - Juno     

Early 2011 they released a dual track single “Juno”, in anticipation of their debut album. The title track can currently be download for free in exchange for some Facebook/Twitter love. Find out more HERE and listen to the B-side below…

Vague by We seem to have

Find We Seem To Have Misplaced Our Igloo on MySpace or check out their official site for more info. Buy their debut EP and new single on We seem to have misplaced our igloo

APPLAUSE – HOPE YOU’RE BETTER (Alt/Indie – Belgium)

Applause

Born from the ashes of Fanfare du Belgistan, Applause was founded in Brussels in 2006 by Manuel Roland (guitar), David Picard (keys), Manu Loriaux (bass), Jérémie Mosseray (drums), then joined by Nicolas Ly (the only non-Belgian artist in the band) on vocals.

In May last year they were signed to Wagram’s indie label 3ème Bureau (also home to acts such as Pony Pony Run Run and Crookers) and their debut EP was released in July 2010 to great reviews.

Good news is there is more fresh music in store! Applause have put out two singles since the beginning of 2011 and they are both great. Word on the street is that their first full length will be released by Summer.


If you care to pay them a visit, Applause are on MySpace and they have a few more songs streaming there. Don’t forget that their singles are available now from all major retailers including Amazon and  Applause

AEROPLANE – WE CAN’T FLY (Disco/Rock – Belgium)

In a mere three years, Italian-Belgian electro duo Aeroplane have managed to become one of the most recognised DJ/producer outfits around. With a string of stellar remixes for the likes of Friendly Fires, Sebastien Tellier, Lindstrøm and MGMT and their own piano-sprinkled melancholic tracks, they have built a cult following and their debut album, released in September, quite logically arrived with sky-high hopes. All these expectations were laid on Vito De Luca, now flying solo after parting with bandmate Stephen Fasano.

Overall, the album is a genre-bending journey of groovy cosmic disco rock with no clear destination. Produced and written by De Luca, We Can’t fly is not your typical dance album, it might not even be a dance album at all. Throughout its 13 tracks, De Luca’s love for classic rock is clear and the conspicuous presence of guitars, pianos and organs is here to remind us that he is equally influenced by Giorgio Moroder, Abba, and Pink Floyd.

Aeroplane - Superstar (The Krays Remix)     

Aeroplane - Without Lies (Black Van Remix)     

On this album, Aeroplane tries to reconcile immediate dance floor-bound imperatives and more long lasting, artsy and serious home-listening credentials? This tension is probably what causes the album to lose some of its direction, despite De Luca’s obvious talent and great musicianship.

Show Aeroplane some love on MySpace. Buy the album on