Metronomy was born ten years ago in the tiny, bohemian market town of Totnes in Devon, when Joseph Mount got his first computer and started making electronic music inspired by the likes of Autechre and Aphex Twin. Metronomy’s debut album, released in 2006, was called Pip Paine (Pay The £5000 You Owe) and its largely instrumental electro-pop reflected the eccentricity of its title.
Joseph admits that he only, finally, saw the commercial possibilities of Metronomy when DJ/producer Erol Alkan began to feature the single “You Could Easily Have Me” in his sets, and asked Metronomy to play at his club. Cue the need for a proper live show, and the additions of Gabriel (keyboards and bass) and Oscar (saxophone, backing vocals and keyboards).
Move on 2 years to the sophomore album Nights Out, a second album that feels like a debut. the first to be vocal-led, with the self-effacing Joseph stepping up and grabbing the mic for most of the tracks. Check out the excellent single “Heartbreaker” remixed by French electropop duo Jupiter.
Metronomy - Heartbreaker (Jupiter Remix)
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U R MY DISCO // vol.2 is out now!! You can stream the whole mix on 8tracks or, if you prefer, you can download it here:
Track list goes as follows:
1. Cut/Copy – Lights and Music
2. Robyn – Cobrastyle (Teddybear cover)
3. Crystal Castles – Courtship Dating
4. Basement Jaxx – Rendez-vu
5. The Little Ones – Lovers Who Uncover (Crystal Castles Remix)
6. Tracey Thorn – King’s Cross (Hot Chip Remix)
7. Foals – Astronauts and All (Barringtone Remix)
8. Feist – 1234 (Van She Tech Remix)
9. Simian Mobile Disco – I Believe
10. Tahiti 80 – Changes (Swayzak Darkfarmer Mix)
11. Cut/Copy – Zap Zap
12. Rubies – I Feel Electric
13. The Presets – This Boy’s in Love
14. My Brightest Diamond – Inside a Boy (Son Lux Remix)
15. Son Lux – where|sir
Crystal Castles is an electronic music duo from Toronto, which consists of producer Ethan Kath and vocalist Alice Glass. Their swift rise to fame came after a string of successful singles and remixes (White Lies, Van She, The Whip), but also after a few chaotic live shows, that came to characterise the band. The video above is for the song “Courtship Dating”, taken off their debut album.
Get more info on Crystal Castles’ MySpace and buy their music on
The Ting Tings are Katie White (vocals, guitar, bass drum) and Jules de Martino (drums, guitar, vocals, piano) and their first album We Started Nothing (Columbia) has been all the buzz in 2008. Packed with a cheery parade of songs likewise saturated with electro beats and chant-along vocals, the album has already spawned three hit singles: “Fruit Machine”, “Great DJ” and the Krautrock-influenced “That’s Not My Name”.
The Ting Tings - We Walk
The synth-punk shout-pop of this boy/girl duo might be a little inconsistent but what it lacks in finesse it makes up for in spontaneity and catchiness.
For more info and tour dates, head over to MySpace. If you like what you hear, you can buy the Ting Tings’ album on
Amiel Daemion, better known as just Amiel, was born in New York but grew up in Australia, where her family moved when she was just 2. Her music career shot to fame in 1999 when she teamed up with producer Josh G. Abrahams for the song “Addicted to Bass”, a top twenty hit in Australia and around Europe. This led to Daemion releasing studio albums such as Audio Out in 2003 and These Ties in 2005. The song “Be Your Girl” was released in 2006 an EP of remixed songs from her second album.
Amiel - Be Your Girl (Bass Kleph Club Mix)