By Moutinho

These New Puritans – Elvis

 

These New Puritans (formed in 2006) are a four-piece band from Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom, consisting of Jack Barnett (vocals, guitar, computer, sound), his twin brother George Barnett (drums, tapes, percussion), Tomas Hein (bass guitar, sampler, backing vocals, percussion) and Sophie Sleigh-Johnson (synthesizers). They mix indie with samplers and electronic experimental sounds. 

These New Puritans were commissioned by Hedi Slimane to compose the soundtrack for the 2007 Dior Homme show. The band’s debut album “Beat Pyramid” was released in the UK in January 2008.

 

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By Mix

Vampire Weekend – A-punk

 

Vampire Weekend is an indie pop/rock band with Afro-pop influences. Bandmates Ezra Koenig (vocals, guitar), Rostam Batmanglij (keys & vox), Christopher Tomson (drums) and Chris Baio (bass) formed February 2006 in New York, NY.

Their self-titled debut album was released on January 29, 2008 on XL Recordings to, so far, critical success and the single A-Punk garnering heavy airplay on Alternative radio stations throughout the US. They are quickly garnering comparisons to Paul Simon’s Graceland for the Afro-pop style, as well as to The Kinks and NYC’s The Walkmen. The album itself is also drawing comparisons to The Strokes’ 2001 debut, Is This It, which also broke through at the time for its pop simplicity and ingenuity.
Vampire Weekend received much buzz from local blogs throughout 2007 during their rise to a record deal. Rolling Stone placed Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa at number 57 for the top 100 songs of 2007. They also garnered much local buzz in the summer of 2007 with their song Oxford Comma, which gripes about prep grammar, Lil’ Jon, and coal drama. They are currently on their first major tour, covering North America and ending off at Coachella 2008 in Indio, California.
They are self-proclaimed “specialists in the following styles: ‘Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa’, ‘Upper West Side Soweto’, ‘Campus’, and ‘Oxford Comma Riddim.’”
The name Vampire Weekend comes from a movie that Ezra Koenig made in the summer of his freshman year at college. 

 

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By Bordalo

Lovegall – Um País Tão Bonito

 

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REGGAE..RAGGA..pour tous les enfants d’immigrés,fiers de la Terre de leurs parents et de leur origine………
   


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By Joana

Los Hermanos – Condicional

 

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Los Hermanos is a Brazilian band from the state of Rio de Janeiro, which mixes up indie rock with mpb and samba elements. The band members are Marcelo Camelo, Rodrigo Amarante (both guitars, lyrics and vocals), Bruno Medina (keyboard) and Rodrigo Barba (drums).

They recorded two demos that eventually found their way into the hands of Paulo André, the producer of the Abril Pro Rock festival, in Recife. The band was then invited to perform on one of the biggest alternative music festivals in Brazil, the Superdemo. Their self-titled album, released in 1999, became a huge seller on the back of the hit single Anna Julia. Two less financially successful albums, Bloco do Eu Sozinho (2001) and Ventura (2003), followed, changing the punk-rock that highlighted their debut effort to a softer, more laid-back style. Although those two albums did not sell as much as the first one, they consolidated the band as a cult; mainly because of their so-called clever lyrics and mixture of brazilian rhytmhs with rock.

   

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By Rudolfo

Morphine – You Speak My Language

 

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“Low Rock” is Morphine’s unique combination of jazz, blues and pop/rock, sung with darkly comic and ironic lyrics. Their guitarless sound relied on an unusual combination of baritone/tenor sax, percussion and a two string slide bass.
Morphine was formed in Boston, Massachusetts, United States in 1990 by Mark Sandman (vocals, bass) and Dana Colley (saxophone). Jerome Dupree became the group’s drummer in 1991 prior to the release of their debut album, Good. While “Good” earned the band critical notoriety and substantial underground cred, they did not — with this release or any subsequent — break into the mainstream. Morphine’s 1992 release of Cure for Pain, promoted by heavy touring, received some mainstream positive attention, selling over 300,000 copies worldwide and spawning a chart hit in many countries with the single Buena. Subsequent releases include Yes and Like Swimming. On July 3, 1999, Mark Sandman collapsed on stage in Palestrina, Italy, a suburb of Rome. He was pronounced dead of a heart attack at the scene. He was 46. Morphine released The Night — arguably their best effort — posthumously in 2000. After Sandman’s death, the remaining band members reformed and continued to record as Twinemen.

“Some day there’ll be a cure for pain,
And that’s the day I throw my drugs away” – Mark Sandman
   

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By Sarita

Fiction Plane – If Only

 

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Fiction Plane is a pop-rock band from the United Kingdom featuring lead singer, Joe Sumner, son of Gordon Sumner, better known as Sting. They recorded their first demo album called “Swings and Roundabouts” in 2000 & 2001 and released a live album in 2001 as well. This led to them changing their name from Santa’s Boyfriend to Fiction Plane (an anagram for Infant Police) in 2002 and recording their first official album, Everything Will Never Be OK, with MCA records. The album was released in 2002 in theUnited Kingdom and March 2003 in the United Stateswith their single being, “Hate”. They subsequently released the EP Bitter Forces and Lame Race Horses on July 11, 2005 and their second studio albumLeft Side of the Brain on May 22, 2007.
   

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By Gomes

Shantel & Bucovina Club Orkestar – Mahalageasca

 

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After pioneering the concept of Balkan clubbing with his now-legendary Bucovina Club parties and albums, after working his DJ voodoo around the world (and driving crowds to ecstatic bliss), after setting very high standards for dancefloor-oriented Gypsy music with his own seminal tracks and with his remixes of tracks by Mahala Rai Banda, Taraf de Haidouks & more… …Shantel has now moved on to the next step with the fab Disko Partizani! album, which lays the groundwork for a new brand of pop music. This is the sound of new Europe, centered in the middle of our old continent, but incorporating vibrant influences from the emerging new frontier which stretches all the way to Mitteleuropa, the South East, Greece, Turkey and beyond… Disko Partizani! sees Shantel successfully synthesizing his experiences as a producer, musician and DJ to create catchy, energetic and festive pop songs, full of hooks and surprises. The album features great performances by a host of musicians from southeast Europe and by Shantel himself, who also appears on lead vocals, gracing several tracks with an unexpected, elegant deadpan delivery. Essay Recordings (Shantel’s label) and Crammed have joined forces for this very special album, which will come out in early September 2007. Shantel will be extensively touring with the Disko Partizani project, accompanied by his Bucovina Club Orkestar, a full 8-piece band. Shantel, who started out as a respected electronica producer (with two albums out on Studio K7), has taken to the music of Eastern Europe following a trip to Bucovina, in search of his family roots. His Bucovina Club albums have earned him several awards (including a BBC World Music Award). Stop press: Shantel has written the original music for “The Edge Of Heaven”, the new Fatih Akin movie which just won an award at the Cannes Film Festival. 
   

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