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SOUND: Riva Starr & Noze

Meet Riva Starr.

Meet Noze.

Both electro indie groups, the former hailing from the UK and the latter from France. They collaborated back in late 2010 for the song, I was drunk and made a great video featuring one mustached baby. Check out more of their music here and here and check out the video for I was drunk:

THIRD MONDAYS 7192010

THE ECLECTIC EIGHT

1)La Kinky Beat

Reggae. Drum & Bass. Latin. Dub. All those found in this group’s music. The group is from Barcelona and started initially as a routine jam session between different smaller musical groups and emerged into one collective band consisting of  about six members.  If you want to read more about the band go here. Otherwise, go here, and listen to their music.

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2)Onra

A french experimental hip-hop beatmaker. His works have been selected for some major campaigns such as the Beijing Olympics and with several EPs and Albums under his belt, there are surely even more great things to come. Check out this video clip of one of his songs called I wanna go back:

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3) Fol Chen

Signed to Asthmatic Kitty records, this LA-based indie pop band has garnered a pretty strong following. Check out more information about the group here. Also take a look at one of their videos below:

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4) Mux Mool

Brooklyn-based musician, Brian Lindgren, originally from Minnesota, through his various travels collected and sampled various records and music and began to mix and sample spreading it to the masses under the name Mux Mool. Check out more of his music here and also make sure to check out this video of one specific song, Night Court.

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5) Wave Machines

I found this English band while surfing online and found this one upbeat pop song of theirs catchy. Plus I played it so many times trying to figure out what the hell they were saying in the hook. Catchy beat and interesting lyrics. It works. To read more about the band go here. Check out their video for their song ” Go Go Go”

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6) Friendly Fires

Another band I got hooked onto just off their videos alone. Catchy lyrics and beats that make you want to dance. Read more on the band here and check out their video for Skeleton Boy below:

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7) The Kooks

Another English band to add to this month’s list; this group was formed in 2004 and got signed with Virgin Records just 3 months after and been working away since. Read more about the band here and check out their video, Always where I need to be

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8  ) The Dangerous Summer

*DMV* Maryland based band formed in 2006. They had their first studio album released in 2009 and their second one is slated for a 2011 release. Read more about them here. Check out their music here.

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Hope you enjoyed this month’s THE ECLECTIC EIGHT.

Selamawit

Cassius

Ya didn’t think I forgot about my Producer Series did ya? Well meet Cassius. Comprised of french producers Hubert Blanc-Francard and Philippe Cerboneschi, also known by their other aliases, Phillipe Zdar and Boom Bass. They have been in music industry since 1988; initially started their careers by working on other musicians then in 1996 released some of their own music and haven’t stopped since. They did something that not many artists did at the time or rather don’t really do too often: they gave their fans and peers an a capella version of their single “Toop Toop” off their 15 again album in 2006 and allowed everyone the opportunity to remix it themselves. So far the project has still been going on and since 2006, they have received more than 500 remixes and counting. They even made it its own little project where all the unknowns and knowns get to work their magic on same track and share it with the rest of the world. Check it out here.

Yes yes I know what you are thinking…another house/techno artist post? Yes Yes I know, but guess what, this genre has had some serious longevity and underrated talent and I really don’t feel its embraced enough here in the states, except for the few rare groups who break through like Daft Punk .

In case you didn’t realize already, that’s the point of this site, to expose you to something different and unexpected.

So take a look at Cassius videos for their song 1999 and Feeling for You. Make sure you hit up their personal site here and give their work a good listen.

-Selamawit