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From French Electronica Duo AIR Comes a New Project; Starwalker(Stream Bad Weather )

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 4, 2013 by dk

Starwalker - Bad Weather“Bad Weather” is the first single from electro-pop supergroup Starwalker, comprised of Frenchman Jean-Benoit Dunckel (AIR) and Icelandic composer Bardi Johannsson (Bang Gang).


Reminiscent of both of their past projects, it is as immediate as anything AIR has put out since Talkie Walkie, with panoramic atmospherics courtesy of Johannsson. Haunting and deliberately paced, it is a testament to the power of restraint. Unlike most of the electronic pop of the day, it sounds timeless.

Amidst ominous clouds, mist rising out of the red dust around them, Dunckel and Johannsson walk through a majestic, deserted landscape, as mysterious hooded figures and black balloons come in and out of the frame, suggesting a kind of fragile, uncertain peace.

By the end of the video, the black balloons fade into the ether, like the “Bad Weather” of the past has faded into the recesses of our mind.

“Bad Weather” is an engrossing audio/visual experience from two masters of atmosphere and tension.

Debut EP out soon.

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Download:AM & Shawn Lee – All The Love+TOUR

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 26, 2013 by dk

AM & Shawn Lee - Two Times[La Musique Numerique out 5/7 via Park The Van Records]
AM & Shawn Lee released their new album, La Musique Numerique, earlier this month.

Separately, the AM and Shawn Lee have been involved a lot of creative projects throughout the past decade: AM has toured with AIR, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Thievery Corporation, and ShawnLee has shared stages with Phoenix & Sigur Ros. Shawn Lee has also become one of hip hop’s most sampled artists, and has worked on tracks with everyone from Amy Winehouse & Leann Rimes to the Spice Girls!

Download:AM & Shawn Lee – All The Love

AM & Shawn Lee: Sounds of Summer Tour 2013
6/13: Seattle, WA Live on KEXP 9:30 am PST
6/13: Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
6/14: Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
6/16: Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
6/18: Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
6/19: Boston, MA @ Church of Boston
6/20: Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
6/21: Chicago, IL @ Schubas
6/22: Rochester, NY @ Lovin’ Cup
6/25: Los Angeles, CA Live on KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic”
6/26: San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
6/28: Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
6/29: San Diego, CA @ The Griffin


AM & Shawn Lee – La Musique Numerique out 5/7 via Park The Van Records+Free Download

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2013 by dk

AM & Shawn Lee - Two TimesHailing from LA and London respectively, AM & Shawn Lee first bonded over their mutual love of vintage French and Italian Soundtrack music and 80’s digital effects. Separately, the two have racked up an impressive number of accomplishments: AM has earned widespread acclaim for his unique mixture of pop, soul, R&B and psychedelia, and Shawn Lee, best known as instrumentalist groove-master, is also one of hip hop’s most sampled artists. The duo have shared stages with bands such as AIR, Phoenix, Sigur Ros, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Caetano Veloso, and Bonnie “Prince” Billy.

Download AM & Shawn Lee – Two Times

“Two Times” from AM & Shawn Lee’s upcoming album La Musique Numerique out May 7th, 2013. Pre-orders have begun!

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French duo Housse De Racket tour w Yelle starts 12/2 + Free “Roman” Remix MP3

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 22, 2011 by dk

French Duo House De Racket Embarks on
First Ever USA Tour Opening for Yelle 

Free download: Housse De Racket 
“Roman” (Alvin Risk Remix)  HERE
“Chateau” video HERE

Housse De Racket Tour Dates:
w/ Yelle
12/02: Miami, FL @ Fillmore
12/03: Orlando, FL @ Social/Plaza
12/04: Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbits
12/05: Atlanta, GA @ Loft
12/07: Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
12/08: New York, NY @ Webster Hall
12/09: Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
12/10: Philadelphia, PA @ Transit

For the first time ever, French synth-rock duo Housse de Racketwill be stepping foot left of the Atlantic Ocean when they tour the United States with fellow Frenchmen, pop trio Yelle, beginning December 2nd at the Fillmore in Miami, FL. The tour will be making additional stops in Georgia, Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania.

The tour is following the release of their sophomore album, Alesia.  In honor the tour, Housse de Racket is releasing a sneak preview tour video, as well as a remix of their first single Roman on November 22nd.


Housse De Racket Alesia Out Today, Download “Chateau” (Punks Jump Up Remix) + Tour with Yelle in December

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 1, 2011 by dk

French Duo Housse de Racket release debut album Alesia on November 1st via Kitsune

Check out a sneak preview of the new album HERE!

French synth-rock duo Housse de Racketis back with a brand new album Alesia, out this August. Alesia comes as a follow-up to their wildly successful debut, Forty Love, which garnered critical acclaim. The first available track from the explosive new album Alesia, seen on Kitsune Maison 10, is “Chateau,” check out the remix HERE.

The French duo will be touring throughout America in December with fellow Frenchmen, pop trio Yelle.

For Alesia, Housse de Racket has teamed up with French super-producer, Phillipe Zdar (Cassius, Phoenix, The Rapture) to create a collection of eleven electro-pop songs in the vein of the bands’ own wide range of musical influences; from Ennio Morricone to David Bowie. The result is a unique compilation of tracks that embody the sound Housse de Racket has made famous, both through their first album and their live show. Recorded half in French and half in English, Alesia is an evolution of sound; a bold new direction for the bands’ sophomore album.

Housse De Racket, which translates in English to ‘tennis racket cover,’ are Victor Le Masne and Pierre Leroux. The two are highly sought-after musical collaborators with impressive resumes; they’ve worked with the likes of Chilly Gonzales, Phoenix, and Air.
Alesia Track listing:
9. TGV

Housse De Racket Tour Dates:

12/02 Miami, FL @ Fillmore
12/03 Orlando, FL @ Social/Plaza
12/04 Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbits
12/05 Atlanta, GA @ Loft
12/07 Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
12/08 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
12/09: Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
12/10:  Philadelphia, PA @ Transit

w/ Yelle/ Cooperative Music/ Downtown Records

Spain’s Sonar Fest Headed To Chicago (Sept. 9-11)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 16, 2010 by dk

Sonar, Barcelona’s experimental and electronic music festival, is to hold its first event in Chicago between Sept. 9-11.

Sonar was founded in 1994, but since 2002 has held parallel events outside Spain. Its first excursion into the United States was last year, with two events held in Washington and New York. In its early years, Sonar attracted mainly United Kingdom musicians, as well as a strong contingent from Barcelona’s home region of Catalonia.

Sonar says it expects the Chicago festival to become a regular event. The Chicago operation will be promoted together with Bonnaroo promoter AC Entertainment, with the collaboration of the cultural organization Institut Ramon Llull.

Sonar’s aim is to “disseminate the philosophy of the Barcelona festival and adapt it to new cities and formats.” In Chicago, it will present a “multi-disciplinary line-up with an experimental slant,” says Sonar, and will focus on emerging talent and local scenes in both North America and Catalonia.

The Sonar by Day events in Chicago will be held at the Chicago Cultural Center (CCC), and the headquarters of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. The program will be completed with Sonar by Night shows and sessions.

The line-up will as usual combine some important names and less mainstream and more experimental offerings, and details will be announced in mid-July.

Caribou, Speech Debelle, Pete Tong, LCD Soundsystem, Air, Plastikman, Hot Chip, the Chemical Brothers, Roxy Music and Dizzee Rascal will play the Barcelona event June 17-19.

Since 2002, Sonar has held 24 events around the world, such as Lisbon (2002), Neuchatel (2002), Hamburg (2002-06), Tokyo (2002-2004-2006), London (2002-2005, 2009 and 2010) Rome (2003), Sao Paulo (2004), Lyon (2004), Buenos Aires (2006), and Seoul (2006).

(billboard report)

Fortune’s “Gimme EP” + FREE M83 Remix + FREE …

Posted in Electronic, Indie with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 16, 2010 by dk

Hot Paris band Fortune unveils “Gimme EP”

Cut from the forthcoming debut album Staring At The Ice Melt. Produced by Pierrick Devin (Adam Kesher, Alex Gopher, Cassius and Cut Copy) and mixed by Stéphane “Alf” Briat (Phoenix, Air and Sebastien Tellier)

The way they arrange music is like a candy shop, everything is very sweet, the whole thing is very fresh. It’s a mix between classical music and modern pop music. Yeah, it’s a recent thing that people should know about for sure.” – Thomas Mars – Phoenix
Friends, we’ve got something really cool for you! It’s the “Gimme” EP from Thomas Mars (Phoenix) favorite new band, Fortune! To celebrate the release of this new EP and the forthcoming debut album Staring At The Ice Melt (both released March 23), Fortune is giving away all sorts of free goodies! See above for links to download remixes of Fortune tracks from Blackjoy and M83 and Fortune’s own Remix Collection CD including reworks of tracks from Phoenix, Pony Pony Run Run, My Tiger My Timing and more.

Free download of “The Remix Collection” CD featuring remixes of tracks from
Phoenix, Pony Pony Run Run, Rubin Steiner, My Tiger My Timing and Axe Riverboy

Fortune “Mission (M83 Remix)

Fortune “Gimme (Blackjoy Edit)”

Fortune is comprised of members from various other music projects including Lionel Pierres (Abstrackt Keal Agram), Pierre Lucas (The Big Knife, DJ for Abstrackt Keal Agram, keyboards for Alain, Chamfort), Hervé Loos (Y front, Rodolphe Burger’s Meteor Band) and François de Miomandre (The Yolks). At the End of 2007, Fortune released their first EP, an intense delivery of four Synth Pop-Rock bangers brightly crafted to simultaneously create uproar in the crowd as well as stir emotions.

As for the influences, whereas most bands now labelled as ‘post-punk’ are clearly heir to one or more mythical acts (take your pick from Joy Division, Talking Heads, Gang of Four, Depeche Mode, The Cure, Human League, New Order etc), Fortune goes against the flow : if you can spot, here and there, a few familiar sounds from those artists in the band’s music, the references put forward by the front man range from 60s Pop Rock bands such as the Zombies, The Troggs or Love, to basic Disco for its rhythm, or even the “King of Pop” himself Michael Jackson. Grandaddy, Doppler Effekt, Lo-Fi-Fnk and Vampire Weekend are quoted amongst the more recent bands having come to light in the last decade.

The chemistry could not have stuck together had it not been for an overwhelming production effort. Pierrick Devin, also regarded as the band’s fifth member, was given this task, as he had been before by Adam Kesher, Alex Gopher, Cassius or even Cut Copy. The mixing, vital to find the adequate balance of elements described above, was put in the trusted hands of Stéphane “Alf” Briat, also producer and mixer for such artists as Phoenix (“United”), Air (“Premiers symptoms”, “Moon Safari”, “The Virgin Suicides”), Sebastien Tellier (“Sessions”) etc. Finally, three additional artists also contributed to “Staring At The Ice Melt’s” musical richness: Arnaud Roulin from Poni Hoax (bass guitar and clavinet), Jean Thévenin (percussions, who also played with Soko, Toyfight, Hopper, Tahiti Bob & The Palmtree Family) and Melody Prochet (aka My Bee’s Garden) adding vocal harmonies.

“Gimme EP” and Staring At The Ice Melt LP released March 23 on Disquiet Records


Bully EP
1/Bully original
2/Bully remix DJ Sega
3/Mission remix M83

Highway EP
1/Highway original
2/Highway remix James Pants
3/Highway DJ ELI Remix

Gimme EP
1/Gimme original
2/Gimme Blackjoy Edit

Staring At The Ice Melt LP
1/Under the Sun
4/At Night
5/Since you’re gone
6/Highway Part 1
11/Fancy Role

Fortune Line-up:
Lionel Pierres (Abstrackt Keal Agram): Vocals, guitar, bass guitar and keyboards.
Pierre Lucas (The Big Knife, Dj for Abstrackt Keal Agram, keyboards for Alain, Chamfort): Keyboards, bass guitar, background vocals.
Hervé Loos (Y front, Rodolphe Burger’s Meteor Band): Drums
François de Miomandre (The Yolks): Guitars, bass guitar
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