It’s official! Northern Ireland’s favourite indie pop trio Two Door Cinema Club are back! Their highly-anticipated sophomore album, Beacon, is set to drop on September 3rd on Kitsuné / September 4th on Glassnote (US/Canada) and the first single “Sleep Alone” is already out!
After shifting over one million copies of their debut album worldwide and selling out big venues all around the world, TDCC took a step back to think about what was coming next. Last april, the band travelled to Los Angeles to record their new full-length with acclaimed producer Jacknife Lee (Bloc Party, U2, REM) in his home studio. The result stays true to the band’s energetic blend of singalong indie pop but it is somehow more ambitious and bold, showcasing a broader and more inclusive sound.
Hardcore fans will probably need something to chew on until September, so here comes a little selection of remixes from the archives…
Two Door Cinema Club - Something Good Can Work (The Twelves Remix)
Two Door Cinema Club - I Can Talk (Crystal Fighters Remix)
Two Door Cinema Club - Come Back Home (Is Tropical Remix)
FYI, the boys will be on tour in France and in Germany this fall! For more info, check out Two Door Cinema Club’s official site or Facebook. Buy their music on
English/Spanish electrorock outfit Crystal Fighters recently released their last single, “Champion Sound”, taken off the band’s debut album Star of Love. Influenced by a multitude of different musical genres, their sound is a fusion of fast progressive dance music, traditional Basque folk, synthesisers and heavy beats fuelled by early 80s Spanish punk. Case in point: “Champion Sound” seamlessly integrates syncopated tribal drums, layered vocals and a riff lifted from the Basque folk piece “Sagar Dantza”.
Beside the original song and an acoustic version, the Champion Sound EP includes stellar remixes from Mr Nô, Mustang, AKS, Homework, Steep, Psychemagik, Regal Safari, Clubfeet, Gongon and Outboxx. Check out Regal Safari’s laid back ambient mix and Steep’s dancier electro reinterpretation just below and stream the other remixes on SoundCloud!
Crystal Fighters - Champion Sound (Regal Safari Remix)
Crystal Fighters - Champion Sound (Steep Remix)
More info and music by Crystal Fighters on their official site or Facebook. Buy the music on the online store or on
Gaétan, Amaël and Antonin are Pony Pony Run Run. These three former Fine Arts students hail from Nantes (France) and they’ve been rocking stages in France and Europe for a couple of years already. Their album You Need Pony Pony Run Run is out now on Wagram/3éme Bureau.
The first single “Hey You” has been out for a while now and it has been remixed by some of the best remixers out there. So I’ll just throw in a few of the remixes here. First is Pony Pony Run Run’s own Dance Remix (a bonus track on the album), then Mondkopf‘s downtempo take on the track and finally Crystal Fighters, bringing in their signature sound, cut vocals and multi-layered beats…
Pony Pony Run Run - Hey You (PPRR Dance Remix)
Pony Pony Run Run - Hey You (Mondkopf Remix)
Pony Pony Run Run - Hey You (Crystal Fighters Remix)
This is what the band has to say about their sound: “We grew up in the 90s and always liked listening to lots of different things. Our baggage is all the pop music that we heard on the radio: some good stuff and some outrageous stuff, a mix of electronic and rock culture, sometimes very mainstream, sometimes very alternative. We like everything. There’s no value judgement… We’ve long forgotten about what’s in good taste and we have no “guilty pleasures” anymore.”
More info and music on MySpace. Buy Pony Pony Run Run’s album on