French alternative rock band Phoenix comprises Thomas Mars (vocals), Deck D’Arcy (bass), Christian Mazzalai (guitar) and Laurent Brancowitz (guitar), who started playing music as kids in Versailles in the mid 90s. The name “Phoenix” was officially chosen in 1996 when Laurent Brancowitz permanently joined the formation after his other band Darlin’ disbanded. The other two members of Darlin’ (Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo) went on to form Daft Punk, which explains the friendship between both bands.
Phoenix released their debut album United in 2000 to much critical acclaim and they’ve been riding a steady wave of success ever since. Their new album, Wolgang Amadeus Mozart, was released at the beginning of this month and it received rave reviews. In a smart publicity move, the album was preceded by excellent lead single “Lisztomania”, hyped up to the max with remixes by Alex Metric, Yuksek, Holy Ghost! and Classixx.
Phoenix - Lisztomania (Classixx Version)
Accessible and radio-friendly, yet focused and crisp, Wolfang Amadeus Mozart, exceeds expectations and shows a snapshot of band really coming together and finding their voice. If you want more, visit Phoenix on MySpace and, if you like what you hear, buy their music on
Golden Bug is the brainchild of Antoine Harispuru, who is one half of Silicon Boogie and one part of the Silicon Square Garden family (which also houses Playgroup, Play Paul, Rovedogs and Silicon Boogie).
Golden Bug - Barbie's Back (Golden Bug Remix)
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Yael Naim was born in Paris in 1978 but only spent the first four years of her life there. At age four she moved to Ramat Hacharon, a small town not far from Jerusalem, with her parents, of Tunisian origin.
Singer-songwriter and pianist, Yael met percussionist David Donatien, a musician and percussion player, with whom she recorded, arranged, and produced the songs that make up her first studio release. During the 2 years they spent in a home studio in Yael’s own appartment, they created an album full of finely crafted songs sung in Hebrew, English and French. The songs mix folk and pop with delicate arrangements and a very intimate and personal sound.
Yael Naim - Pachad
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Formed in 2007, The Dø is a folk/rock duo comprised of Finnish vocalist Olivia Bouyssou Merilahti and Paris-born multi-instrumentalist Dan Levy. The unexpected success of their debut album, A Mouthful, which climbed all the way to the top of the French charts, took the industry by surprise. The band’s youthful exuberance and fresh folky sound conquered the hearts of many, even though some critics were put of by their unruly mixing of genres and styles.
The Do - At Last
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The artist of the day is Villeneuve. His first album is called First Date and it’s now out worlwide.
On his debut album, Villeneuve succeeds in blending together a lot of different influences to create a very special formula that could be described as pop music for the ears of the 21st century.
Mélanie Pain, already known for her participation in Nouvelle Vague, lends her beautiful and delicate voice to Villeneuve’s songs.
Villeneuve - Oh No!
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