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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:

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THIRD MONDAYS-February 2011

THE ECLECTIC EIGHT

1. WARPAINT

This psychedelic all-girl quartet came together in 2004, then went on to release their first LP, Exquisite Corpse, in 2007. Their initial LP garnered much praise and attention, eventually landing them a record deal. They followed that up in 2010 with the release of The Fool. Take a listen to one of their songs, Undertow here.
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2. !!! (also called chk chk chk)

This is a dance-punk band from Sacramento, CA. They are comprised of former members of various other local bands from Sacramento who were part of the dance punk scene there during the late 90s. Since their formation, they have released several albums and at numerous festivals, even securing a slot in this year’s Coachella. Take a listen to the band’s music here.

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3. THAO WITH THE GET DOWN STAY DOWN

Thao Nguyen, a Falls Church, VA native, started dabbling in music while she was a young kid learning the guitar. During her college years while working on her solo EP she met drummer Willis Thompson, and soon enough they added two other musicians creating the group as we see it now. The band’s music is classified as alternative folk but they do draw inspiration and sounds from country, early soul and jazz. Take a listen to their music here.

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4. KELE (of Bloc Party)

Kelechukwu “Kele” Rowland Okereke is a Nigerian-English singer-songwriter. He is the lead singer of the band Bloc Party but also performs as a solo artist.  After the band took a hiatus in 2008, Kele released his first solo effort called The Boxer in June 2010. I listened to two of his tracks called Tenderoni and Everything You Wanted and instantly loved them. Watch the video for both here:

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5. NOUVELLE VAGUE

This french music group came to be in 2003, creating music that mixes new wave and bossa nova. They often have various singers collaborate with them on their albums to create unique songs and introduce new styles to their albums. Take a listen to their music here.

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6. AFROBETA

This Miami duo came together in 2006 creating avant-garde dance music. By 2009, they had managed to create quite a strong buzz and this coming year in 2011 they are slated to perform at the legendary Glastonbury Festival. Take a listen to their music here.

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7. Mumford & Sons

This is an English folk rock band that formed in 2007 and since then has gained much critical praise and grown a pretty strong fan base. Take a listen to them here.

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8. LAURA MARLING

She is a folk singer-songwriter. She use to be part of the original line-up in Noah and the Whale but embarked on her own musical journey in 2008. Take a listen to some of her music here.

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Hope you enjoyed this month’s edition of THE ECLECTIC EIGHT.

Selamawit

THIRD MONDAYS–NOVEMBER 2010

THE ECLECTIC EIGHT

1.Austra

I heard of Katie Stelmanis via The Fader and her song The Beat and the Pulse. She is a classically-trained Toronto-based musician. Check out her music here.

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2. Vanessa Da Mata

Lately I  have been developing routine of listening to jazz and/or classical music so I was fortunate enough to listen to her via lastfm because of that. Although she sings in Portuguese, her voice is captivating enough to make you sit through any song of hers, even you have no idea what she may be saying. Check out her music here.

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3. David E Beats

I came across David’s video with White House Band called Bond Song and knew instantly he had to make this month’s list. Also as it turns out he just was in the DMV this past weekend for Rap Rocks DC event.

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4.V.A.S.

This young UK alternative hip/hop artist and producer has been working quite hard to develop a solid fanbase and reach across Europe and now setting his eyes on the States. He has a new EP called, Eye Paint Words, that just came out, that you can download here. Check out more of his music here.

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5.Hisham Bharoocha

He is a visual artist, photographer and a musician. He initially started his music career with the group Black Dice but then went on to doing his own project called Soft Circles than released his first official album last year under Post Present Medium (PPM) label. Check out his music here.

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6.Stac

She is a UK experimental soul singer. She has solid production and vocals on her recent album, Turn that light out. Take a listen for yourself here.

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7.Jack Cheshire

Cheshire is an English folk singer of songs with intricate lyrics and psychedelic production. He just released an album called, Allow it to Come On. Take a listen to a few of the tracks for yourself here then do yourself a favor and go and buy the album!

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8.James Yuill

Yuill is a UK electro folk singer. He is a one-man band signed to the Moshi Moshi record label. His first album, Turning Down Water for Air was released in late 2008 and has since released several singles and working on a follow-up album. Check out his music here.

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Hope you enjoyed this month’s edition of THE ECLECTIC EIGHT.

Selamawit

Foals “Miami”

Keeping up with the Miami theme, I came across this video called Miami by a UK pop group called Foals, on Fader that I thought was kinda crazy just because you rarely see anyone use body builders as the main models in their videos…especially transgendered ones and the song on top of that doesn’t really paint this kinda image in your mind but it somehow works. Besides the fact the song is called Miami, it reminded me of how image conscious everyone here is…I mean the damn mannequins have fake implants! There are gyms on just about every corner and everyone is either in impeccable shape or the complete opposite. Anyways, check out the video and check out more of Foals music here.

Elijah & Skilliam

I am currently on a much needed weekend getaway to MIA (out of all times I am here during memorial day weekend. stories to come later!) but that doesn’t mean I am not getting any work done. I wanted to share with you all some music I have come across while relaxing here. This duo is not ambassadors of down-south music or even American music…it’s actually grime music. But the tempo and sound of grime music fits so well with the excitement and heat of this trip so I wanted to share this new find with you guys. Check out the duo’s music here.

THIRD MONDAYS-05172010

THE ECLECTIC EIGHT

1) TANYA AUCLAIR is a UK born and bred k-pop singer-musician. She has a pretty solid following abroad and I’m she’ll make her rounds here soon enough and generate more buzz here. For check her out here and take a listen here.

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2)NIA ANDREWS is a singer-songwriter based out of LA. She is unsigned talent who somehow along the way in her journey to be a writer for Common (rapper yes) and worked with few other artists as well. Check out her music here.

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3)JASON YARDE I came across him while surfing online and he is actually done more work for other artists, composing and arranging tracks, but recently he began working on his own music. It’s playful jazz. Take a listen here.

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4)TWO BANKS OF FOUR is a neo-jazz band from UK. Another group I came across surfing for music. I am fusion-obsessed as of late if you couldn’t tell and their music makes me happy. I think it’ll have same effect on you soooo go check it out here.

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5)EDITORS is British rock band that is apparently signed to The FADER’s label ( I had no clue FADER even had a label). They have the whole 80’s new-wave band sound but more polished modern sound. Check them out here.

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6)TAME IMPALA is a an Australian pop-ish band. They apparently have teamed up with MGMT to go on a tour so you can imagine what type of sound their music has and that it probably will be a show worth catching. Check out the group’s music here.

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7)COLECO is a UK based musician. He has done more producing work over the years but he does have his own personal material. Sounds like a fusion of reggae, hip/hop and electronica with a dab of latin. Definitely interesting music and probably best for the 9-5 grind listening time. Take a listen here for yourself.

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8)FRANCIS AND THE LIGHTS is an unsigned band based out of NYC led by a real Francis and he has quite the voice. Something about his voice reminds me of Little Richard and Prince. Pretty good music, on the pop/rock side. Check them out here.

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Thanks for checking out this month’s Third Mondays THE ECLECTIC EIGHT. Feel free to drop comment below and let me know what you think!

-Selamawit

Corinne’s The Sea

Corinne Bailey Rae is back. I liked her when she first came out few years ago but this time I have become even more of a fan. She is trying out different sounds this time which is why I am falling in love with this album. The first time she was more folky-pop and clean with the tracks but this time you can hear there is more production and instrumentation which is good progression for her to take her music towards.The lyrics are just as sweet and genuine as her first go around but I think what differentiates this from last time is that it isn’t just her and the guitar anymore and the stories are more soulful and speak of a wistful kind of love. Make sure you  check out her new album, The Sea. Also, make sure you go visit her official site here.

-Selamawit

Freemasons

FREEMASONS

Came across this duo when I was listening to remixes of different songs, most recently it was I Decided by Solange Knowles (who by the way had a really great album).I thought to myself, how in the world was it I had never heard of these guys or at least not known of them prior…well turns out I had…unknowingly. These two English producers came together. Formed a dance band. Decided to also on the side remix just about every top pop artist’s album you could think of…i.e. Beyonce, Kylie Minogue, Tina Turner, Faith Evans and more. They have released few of their own albums in the past and word is they have a new one slated to be released this year. Unsurprisingly, they have a stronger following overseas but I think overtime they will win over more American listeners.

Just to give you an idea of their sound and previous work they have done, check out these videos (few of them you are probably familiar with already):

remember this??

Okay that should be good for now. When their new stuff surfaces, I’ll make sure to share.

-Selamawit

Donk

DONK!

During my really bad insominac nights, one particular evening I came across this tv show episode at VBS (Vice Mag’s TV site) about a new music genre and culture that was growing and developing in UK. England already has grime, which in case you don’t know what that is, it is basically hip/hop, techno/house and dancehall mashed up onto one. It’s fuckn great. But DONK? wow that’s, in my opinion, wayyyy more funkier and edgier. With Donk, it has a heavier emphasis on techno/dance music but still has hip-hop and its more about this growing culture of young adolescents of meager backgrounds in the UK.

Now a lot of folks will be turned off by this and won’t understand the science behind this genre of music, and that’s okay but before you X out jusssst yet. Please at least watch a snippet of VBS’s episode on it (refer to link above) and see that there is more to this music than just loud noise and a lotta addias suits.

Here are a few vids worth checking out as well:

Blackout Crew – Put A Donk On It – Out Now

Blackout Vs Overdose! Wicked Tune. Mc Viper – Donking-Out.co.uk

Hope you learned something new and check back in for more new finds.

-Selamawit