MNDR, aka Amanda Warner and Peter Wade, first teamed up in 2008 after discovering a mutual love of experimental pop music. Their debut album, Feed Me Diamonds, is the result of their tireless efforts to translate raw emotions into music that grooves without excess glitter. The title track is a throbbing passionate song, which Warner says is directly influenced by performance artist Marina Abramovic.
This is not the first time Kiwi electropop sensation Zowie is mentioned on this blog. You might remember the explosive video for her single “Bite Back”, or maybe the irresistible beat of her most recent hit “Smash It”, released last October. You thought you’d seen it all, well think again!
Let’s just go back in time a little and rediscover “Broken Machine”, the song that made everyone fall in love with Zowie in the first place. The video for this sugar-coated pop anthem was directed by NZ combo Special Problems (also behind stunning videos for Jonathan Boulet, The Naked & Famous, Midnight Juggernauts) and was recently nominated at the New Zealand Music Awards in the best video category! Watch it and fall in love all over again.
Brooklyn’s own Body Language has risen from the underground armed with synths, vocoder, glockenspiel, percussion, and three graceful voices. Their original music was born from weekly dance parties set up by Grant Wheeler and Matt Young, who quickly enrolled glockenspiel guru Angelica Bess and drummer Ian Chang. Their efforts, which illustrated their life in Brooklyn, were delivered in the five-track Speaks EP.
After collaborating with such wildly different artists as Theophilus London, Machinedrum or Passion Pit and sharing stage with the likes of Zero 7, Sia, Little Boots and SVIIB, Body Language released the Social Studies EP last October. This mini album is a fitting followup to their 2009 debut, applying a refined pop palette to their synth-laden melodies, head-circling hooks and neon-lit grooves.
“The title sums it up perfectly,” explains Grant Wheeler. “Depending on the day, we’re producing indie music, DJing house, disco and Detroit techno, or writing pop songs on the piano. So we wrapped our record up like a tidy textbook of genres, or different cultures in a social studies class.”
Melbourne five-piece Clubfeet “create music for the night time, which can also be enjoyed in the day time”. It is dreamy, melancholic indie-pop, that sounds just as inspiring on a club floor on a Saturday night as it does on a lazy Sunday by the sea side, something you could file next Junior Boys, Hot Chip, Fujiya & Miyagi and M83.
Clubfeet‘s Last Words EP came out about a month ago, featuring stellar remixes from French House legend Dimitri From Paris, Andrew Maury of RAC and London’s nu-disco duo The C90s. It is also backed by a gorgeous video directed by fashion videographer Alex Goddard. Watch it here!
Louisiana five-piece Givers are an indie pop band which formed in 2009 in Lafayette. The band consists of Tiffany Lamson (vocals, percussion), Taylor Guarisco (vocals, guitar), Josh LeBlanc (bass, guitar), Nick Stephan (keyboards, flute, saxophone), Kirby Campbell (drums, vocals). After a first album released on Glassnote Records, Givers are back with more feel-good sounds and flavours of their native Louisiana. The band’s new single “Meantime” is another bright and breezy indie pop number, complete with joyous choruses and twinkling xylophones.
The song has already found itself the subject of many remixes, including one by Bombay Bicycle Club and more recently by RAC. Remix Artist Collective is represented by Andre Alan Anjos this time around, who gives an interesting new spin to this awesome track.
If you fancy sampling Givers’ ecstatic and celebratory sound live, note that the band is about to hit the road again starting at the end of the month and continuing through October. They will be in Memphis, Atlanta, D.C, New York, Toronto and New Orleans amongst many others. For more info and complete tour schedule, check out Givers on MySpace or visit their official site. To buy In Light, head over to