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CHICKS ON SPEED @ SPRINGTEN (Electroclash/Alternative – Germany)

For over ten years Chicks on Speed have been blurring the boundaries between music, graphic art, video and fashion. Alex Murray-Leslie and Melissa Logan, who met at the Munich Art Academy, created CoS in 1997 to organise art exhibitions and host illegal parties. Later on they met Kiki Moorse, who was the third member of CoS until 2006, when she left to pursue a career in DJing and start a new music project, Bad French, with Andreas Reihse. They have also collaborated with many artists, including Anat Ben-David, Kathi Glas and A.L. Steiner.

Chicks on Speed - Buzz     

After releasing a handful of critically acclaimed LPs, Chicks on Speed are now experimenting with a new form of music distribution. Since April 1st they are releasing one track per month absolutely for free (www.chicksonspeed.com) and performing live DJ sets across Europe to promote their new tracks. Last night they rocked springten with a colourful DJ set / happening during which they danced, sang, spinned records and even performed acrobatics on stage.. See some pics HERE.

Chicks on Speed - The Beat Is Happening     

For Chicks on Speed, the traditional album is dead and that’s why they’ve decided to take advantage of this digital era by not having any record company between them and their fans. All new songs, produced by Dirty Disco Youth (aka Phil Speiser), will be given out for free on chicksonspeed.com and fans will even be able to download stems and create their own remixes, thereby becoming part of the creative process and artistic dialogue promoted by CoS.

For those of you who are new to Chicks on Speed, let’s go back in time a few years and listen to their now legendary collaboration with Canadian artist Peaches. “We Don’t Play Guitars”, or do we?

Chicks on Speed - We Don't Play Guitars (Ft. Peaches)     

On a side note, Chicks on Speed are also preparing for a major solo exhibition at Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre, 23rd may. Go to their page on MySpace for more info and all tour dates. Buy their music on Chicks on Speed

MODERAT @ SPRINGTEN (Minimal/IDM – Germany)

What a great way to start this year’s festivies! For springten‘s opening concert last night, Moderat performed a spectacular audio-visual show in a magical setting on top of a hill that overlooks the whole city of Graz. Beautiful music and gorgeous visuals by Pfadfinderei.

Moderat is an electronic music project that started in the early 2000s in Berlin as a collaboration between Sascha Ring (aka Apparat), Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary (aka Modeselektor). Their first full-length album took a long time to complete, due to some creative disagreements and different opinions on how they should work. It was finally released in 2009 – seven years after their debut EP!

Moderat - A New Error     

However, the final result is outstanding! With their debut album Moderat managed to please almost everybody and recevied rave reviews. Fully dedicated to the exploration of current dance music trends, they have put together an album that is eclectic and sophisticated but still retains a strong pop appeal.

Moderat - Rusty Nails (TRG'S Peaktime Remix)     

Moderat - Les Grandes Marches (MMMatthias Remix)     

Throughout the summer of 2010, they will be playing various festivals in Europe. First stop: springten! Show Moderat some love on MySpace and buy their album on Moderat


Kicking off the festival season, springten will be opening tomorrow in Graz, Austria and umstrum||music will be there to cover the event. Reporting every day from May 12 to 15, we will bring you a handpicked selection of the best artists, international and local. This year’s lineup includes such acts as Moderat, Yuksek, Villa, Disco of Doom, NOZE, SomethingALaMode, James Yuill, DJ Hell, Ebony Bones, Chicks On Speed, Rainer Trüby, Zoot Woman, Erol Alkan, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Autokratz, Breakbot, ETEPETETE, Slagsmålklubben, Zombie Nation, Jahcoozi…

For the record, springfestival in Graz was born ten years ago and over the years it has grown to become the biggest Austrian festival for electronic music and art.  It is now a true meeting place for live musicians, multiple electronic genres and clubbers alike, united for a long weekend of aural enrichment and cultural hedonism. In 2010, celebrating its tenth anniversary, springfestival is ready to take on the new decade bigger and better than ever. 

As a teaser, here are some tunes that are likely to float in the air of Graz in the next few days: Autokratz‘s new single “Kick” remixed by KATFYR and a remix of Rob Cowen & The Dissidents by James Yuill..

Autokratz - Kick (KATFYR Remix)     
Rob Cowen & The Dissidents - City Lights (James Yuill Remix)     

See you tomorrow for the first springten post.. Find out more about the festival on the official website and buy tickets HERE.