Berlin-based indie pop act The Whitest Boy Alive is one of Erlend Øye‘s many side projects. Besides being one half of indie folk duo Kings of Convenience, Øye has also collaborated with many artists and released a solo album a few years ago (listen to it HERE). In The Whitest Boy Alive, Erlend Øye is on guitars and vocals, joined by Marcin Öz on bass, Sebastian Maschat on drums and Daniel Nentwig on keys.
They started as an electronic dance music project in 2003 in Berlin, but have since slowly developed into a band with no programmed elements. Their debut album, Dreams, was released on June 21, 2006 in Germany. The following year, in July 2007, Modular Records signed them to their UK imprint and re-released the album in the UK with the single “Burning” in November 2007.
The Whitest Boy Alive - Burning
The Band released their second album, Rules, in March 2009 to mixed reviews. Even though the album moves smoothly from one track to the next, it sometimes feels a little too formulaic, a little too rational. But the catchiest songs on Rules (“1517” is one of them), do make up for the bits that fall flat…
The Whitest Boy Alive - 1517
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Kings of Convenience are a music duo formed in Bergen, Norway. The band consists of Erlend Øye and Eirik Glambek Bøe, who met as children at a geography competition. Their albums have been praised by critics across-the-board for their great melodies and perfect harmonies.
After a five-year break, the band released Declaration of Dependence, their third LP, on October 2009. Quiet but determined, the duo manages to put together a perfectly cohesive collection of strangely gorgeous breezy tunes. If you are curious, here’s a personal favourite: the introspective and subdued “Freedom and its Owner”…
Kings of Convenience - Freedom And Its Owner
And as a bonus, you can find below two older tracks remixed by UK cult electronica act Four Tet and Norwegian duo Röyksopp.
Kings of Convenience - The Weight Of My Words (Four Tet Remix)
Kings of Convenience - I Don't Know What I Can Save You From (Royksopp RMX)
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The second studio album by Norwegian electropop singer Annie, Don’t Stop, was released on 19 October 2009 in the UK and on 17 November 2009 worldwide. The record includes collaborations with Richard X, Timo Kaukolampi, Paul Epworth, Brian Higgins, and Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos.
Bad news Annie’s last single “Anthonio” is not be included on the LP but some new tracks such as “I Don’t Like Your Band” made the cut and are a welcome surprise! It’s a ridiculously enjoyable track with uplifting synths and an irrestible pop edge… Enjoy!
Annie - I Don't Like Your Band
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It seems Annie’s perpetually delayed second album will finally see the light of day in October. If we are to believe Annie’s latest blog on MySpace, indie label Smalltown Supersound will be giving Don’t Stop a European release on October 19th (US – November 17th).
Annie - Anthonio (Designer Drugs Remix)
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Featuring Robyn on vocals, “The Girl & The Robot” is the second single to be taken from Röyksopp‘s forthcoming new album Junior out 22nd June.
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