Telefon Tel Aviv’s new studio album, the first in 4 years, has finally hit the stores. Immolate Yourself is out since January 20th on BPitch Control. This new album is unfortunately being released in very somber circumstances since it was announced on January 22nd that founding member Charles Cooper had been found dead after going missing for a day. It is unclear whether Telefon Tel Aviv will keep making music after this tragic event.
The Chicago-based electronic music duo (Charles Cooper and Joshua Eustis) released their first EP in 2001 to positive reviews. In 2002 and 2004 they released two LPs on Hefty Records’ Immediate Action label. After working with different bands and producing some noteworthy remixes (check out their remix of Bebel Gilberto’s track “All Around” below), they put out a remix collection and started working on new material.
Bebel Gilberto - All Around (Telefon Tel Aviv Remix)
Their third album is full of surprises. It sees the band taking a radically new approach to production, reverting to analog tape and analog synthesizers. Eustis and Cooper wanted to “sound more real” and this new direction clearly brings things back to the dancefloor. Their new compositions merge electronic noises and strong bass lines, still playing with loops and hypnotic melodies.
Telefon Tel Aviv - The Birds
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Erlend Øye is a Norwegian musician from Bergen, Norway best known for being part of the pop duo Kings of Convenience together with Eirik Glambek Bøe. He has released one solo album, Unrest in 2003 and a mix CD in the DJ-Kicks series in 2004. On top of his solo work and his work with Kings Of Convenience, Erlend Øye is also part of indie pop band The Whitest Boy Alive. The band has released two albums so far.
Erlend Oye - Sudden Rush (The Twelves Remix)
Øye recently teamed up with Kompis to release a 7″ single on small underground label Off The Wall. Their collaboration actually goes way back since the two had worked together on the track “Sudden Rush” which appeared on Erlend Øye’s debut album. Check out the B-side to Kompis and Øye’s single…
Kompis & Erlend Øye - Untitled
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Taken off Future Chaos, BTB’s first full-length album of new material since 1995, “Black River” is the first single and it has received the remix treatment by the hand of Brazilian DJ Gui Borrato. Enjoy!
Bomb the Bass - Black River (Gui Borrato Remix)
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Najwajean is producer Carlos Jean and singer-actress Najwa Nimri. Their collaboration started in 1996 and their first LP, No blood, was released in 1998. They also worked together on two soundtracks (Asfalto and Guerreros) and released a compilation in 2002.
After a long break, during which Carlos and Najwa work their own projects, the duo got back together in 2008 and released their first studio album in ten years Till It Breaks.
NajwaJean - Drive Me
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L’Altra was formed in 1999 in Chicago with original members Lindsay Anderson, Joseph Desler Costa, Ken Dyber, and Eben English. Marc Hellner was also a regular contributor. The band released one self-titled EP and two full-length albums (Music of a Sinking Occasion and In The Afternoon) with Aesthetics Records before English and Dyber left the band.
Having decided to go on as a duo, Lindsay Anderson and Joseph Desler Costa released their third studio album Different Days in 2005 on Hefty Records. With Joshua Eustis (better known as one half of Telefon Tel Aviv) on production duties, Different Days showcases L’Altra’s lush, romantic sound and perfectly balances electronic beats, conventional instruments and Anderson and Costa’s wistful vocals. What better illustration than the album’s gorgeous opening track “Sleepless Night”?
L'altra - Sleepless Night
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