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Track 45: High Society by Betty Who

I am completely obsessed with Aussie Betty Who’s independently released debut EP.  It’s sublimely catchy with flawlessly structured hooks,  drawing on nuwave and 80’s sythpop ala Whitney Houston, Madonna and Cyndi Lauper.  Born Jessica Anne Newman and raised in Sydney, she came to the US in her teens to study music at Interlochan Center for the Arts, one of the country’s most prestigious arts academies located in Michigan.  She later went on to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston where she met her producer Peter Thomas, a fellow student.

She released her first single “Somebody Loves You” on youtube last fall with a Flashdance inspired video and has progressively accumulated buzz in the blogosphere ever since.  I stumbled upon “High Society” a few weeks ago and have been addicted ever since.  Moreover, just today I came across this awesome remix by Seattle based production duo The Soundmen, whose heavy basslines and hip hop beats perfectly complement the original.  Although she and Thomas have been approached by major labels, they’ve decided to try and stay unsigned as long as possible to allow them more creative freedom.  Needless to say, whatever they do in the future will continue to rock, with or without a label, though I have a feeling she is bound to be an epic success eventually.

Her EP The Movement is currently available here for free download.


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Track 36: Small Boxes by Black Light Dinner Party

I’ve got another track for you from Brooklyn’s Black Light Dinner Party.  You can read more about them from my prior post and hear their track “We are Golden” here.

Happy Friday!

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Track 33: Not The Same by Tanlines

Wow, I’ve gotten pretty behind on posts.  I guess it can get hard to get back into the swing of things after such a wonderful trip.

Anyways, my track for you today comes from Brooklyn based Tanlines.  Tanlines consists of percussionist Jesse Cohen and vocalist/guitarist Eric Emm who has a background in avante garde production (specifically, he produced Professor Murder’s ep).  Although they came together in 2008, they didn’t produce a full length album until 2012’s Mixed Emotions.  They’ve played with the likes of Vampire Weekend, The xx, Yeasayer and Rick Ross and are slowly building a following.  This was their first single off their album and it has a sense of build-up and theatrics that I found captivating.

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Track 25: Crystal Ball by Grimes

I was admittedly pretty late to the Grimes train having just started listening to her a few months ago (give me a break, I live in Cambodia for christ sake).  I want soooo badly to dislike her.  You know, it’s the super repetitive synth hooks and squeaky anime vocals.  But I just can’t.  Almost every single song on Visions is just so catchy.  I’m not sure if it really lives up to its hype, but I sure do enjoy it.  This, however, is off of an earlier EP she did with d’Eon.  I like how this video was filmed and I also like how it shows just how much she does live (not very common with the “just press play” electronica generation).  I’ve added the original for comparison as well.

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Track 12: Holidays by Miami Horror

Miami Horror is an Australian electronic band from Melbourne.  Each synthpop song off of their 2010 release, Illumination, is infectiously danceable and the whole album is a blast all the way through.

Happy Friday!

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Track 3: Pilgrim by MØ

MØ is the alias of Copenhagen based Scandipop artist, Karen Marie Ørsted.  “Pilgrim” is her first single which artfully matches her soulful vocals with an infectious electro-pop melody.  This is definitely an artist to watch in the future.

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