TOP 20/20 Final Track Previews
AUTOMATIC By DBFC
Manchester-born David Shaw and French artist Dombrance met in 2012, drawn together by a Parisian underworld that flitted between techno and psychedelia, club culture and rock mythology. Refusing to place down boundaries, they simply went into the studio, turned on their equipment and jammed.
MINK & SHOES By PSYCHEMAGIK
The UK duo, known for their beautiful production work, prolific remixing skills, obscenely vast record collections and transcendent mixtape journeys, are being heralded as a truly unique and positive presence across today's music scenes.
Psychemagik are unique in their perspective; not only is their ability to seek out rare musical treasures from the worldwide musical domain but there’s also a supernatural nature to their curation. Psychemagik are a duo as infamous for their production technique as their DJ skills, their prolific edits laced with subtle studio production re-interpreting vintage gems and giving them a contemporary bounce.
NEED YOU NOW By HOT CHIP
Hot Chip are a British indie electronic band
formed in London in 2000. The music making partnership of Alexis Taylor, Joe Goddard, Owen Clarke, Al Doyle and Felix Martin.
GONE BY THE MORNING FEAT. MIMU By CLARA MOTO, MIMU
Clara Moto first stepped into the spotlight with her stunning debut album 'Polyamour' on InFiné in 2010. Intimate and fragile, yet all the while joyful, witty and immediate, the album offered a fresh, intelligent and decidedly female take on the predominantly male genre of techno music and received wide-spread praise throughout the music press.
TO SAY By JACQUES GREENE
Jacques Greene is the artist name of Philippe Aubin-Dionne. He has produced for vocalists Katy B, Tinashe and How to Dress Well, and has remixed Radiohead , Autre Ne Veut, Shlohmo, and many others.
A PLACE CALLED SPACE By JUAN MACLEAN
John MacLean, better known by the stage name of The Juan MacLean, is an American electronic musician. Maclean continued a friendship with Murphy, who moved to New York City and founded influential dance-punk label DFA Records and started LCD Soundsystem. Murphy urged Maclean to get back into music, and got Maclean experimenting with modern electronic mixing equipment; DFA would include several Maclean compositions on compilation records.
CRYSTALLINE By YOUNGER BROTHER
After making a remix for a charity record, Simon Posford (Shpongle, Hallucinogen) and Benji Vaughan (Prometheus) decided to come together in the studio to create their own type of electronic music that has been described as "unclassifiable.
MAKE ME BETTER By UNKLE RECONSTRUCTION - Ten Fé
TEN FÉ has already spread their resonating sound waves amongst peers across the pond, the London duo is well on its way to a swift U.S. introduction with their masterly style of enticing indie pop.
UNKLE were one of the original artists releasing material through noted U.K. label Mo’ Wax, which helped launch the instrumental, mid-’90s downtempo breakbeat revival eventually termed trip-hop. Though hardly the label’s highest-profile group (at least until the long-delayed release of their debut LP in 1998), UNKLE’s members included label head James Lavelle, who formed Mo’ Wax while still in his teens as an antidote to the increasingly stale acid jazz/Northern soul scene.
HANS IS DRIVING By VITALIC
Vitalic is the alter ego of Pascal Arbez, a French programmer/multi-instrumentalist who blends electro, techno, and house -- as well as elements of classical, rock, Italo-disco, and '70s electronic music -- into a sound that recalls the work of fellow countrymen Daft Punk and Air, but has its own hard-edged playfulness. Arbez played trombone as a child and young adult, but became fascinated with dance music when he heard Daft Punk in the mid-'90s. Inspired by them as well as Giorgio Moroder, Arbezswitched to analog synths and began writing and recording as Dima. He released his first 12" in 1996 on Citizen Records, a label started by Arbez and like-minded friends. Arbez used the Dima moniker (as well as the alias Hustler Pornstar) until 2000, when he switched to the name Vitalic.
DO YOU FEEL WHAT I FEEL By REX THE DOG
Jake Williams is a British electronic music producer and remixer, who currently records and performs as Rex the Dog. Williams first found success as JX in 1994 following a recording contract with Hooj Choons, a United Kingdom dance-independent record label. Williams has also recorded as Mekka, and wrote the song 'Bullet In The Gun' as part of Paul Oakenfold's collective Planet Perfecto.
MIDNIGHT SUN By ISAAC DELUSION
Isaac Delusion almost seems like an accident, a dream scrawled blindly in a bedside journal in the early morning hours, so you won't forget what happened to you while you were asleep. The band was just an experiment, after all, when it began in Paris three years ago : singer/songwriter Loic Fleury and electronic producer Jules Paco, who had originally found each other at age 14, now in their twenties, wanted to combine their disparate passions. Paco lived in a world of electronica and hip-hop, influenced by artists like Aphex Twin, Bonobo, Gang Starr and The Pharcyde, while Fleury's love was folk music ; the singer played in a quiet indie-folk band called Lucky Lindy, idolizing artists like Pink Floyd, Elliott Smith and Sufjan Stevens. But when the pair began trading influences, the sounds they made were more personal explorations than anything.
BLOUSON NOIR - AaRON
AaRON (Artificial Animals Riding On Neverland) is a French pop rock musical duo, consisting of Simon Buret and Olivier Coursier. Their debut album Artificial Animals Riding on Neverland was released in 2007 and made them popular in France and Europe. Their first tour of Europe was carried out in 2007 between March 14 and November 28, including dates in Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, Luxembourg. The second album, Birds in the Storm, was released in May, 2010.
FLAMES - Bonus Track By TENDER GAMES
After a short leave of absence and a little restructuring, Tender Games is finally back in full effect. Having released only a mixtape last year, the Berlin based musician has used the past year to focus on producing a lot of new material. So we're kicking of the new year by presenting you with You Got Me - an infectous and soulful pop song that'll get you right in the dancing mood. Combining sweet chords, impelling grooves and his signature vocals, this track will already have you longing for the warmth of the imminent spring.
ROOTS By MOMOTARO
Momotaro are a 3-piece downtempo/indie/electronica band, based in Brighton, UK. Momotaro blend live instrumentation and electronica with shimmering melodies and soulful vocals to create dulcet tones and thoughtful soundscapes to make for a captivating listen.
Sacerdotisa By Pumarosa
Pumarosa’s early existence has been defined by strange, distinctly different spaces. There’s the half-knocked down house in Peckham they played, where the band carried on performing despite a gas leak and an electricity shut down. A packed-out crowd watched through gaps in the walls and the landlords swore after they’d never allow a band to play there ever again. There’s also the old Italian cinema they were invited to write and record in by a local surrealist, early songs being developed in the company of dramatic clifftops on the Calabrian coast, local villagers coming to the cinema to witness night-time improvisation sessions.
TRÉSOR By FLAVIEN BERGER
Parisian musician Flavien Berger released his first full album (plus a three-song EP) this past year on French label Pan European. Berger commissioned an accompanying music video for each of the album's songs, and for the album's last and title track, "Léviathan" he recruited New York-based artist Meriem Bennani to direct a short film for the sumptuous, 15-minute long electronic song—"a tricky format," as Bennani put it.
LKJ - A.A.L (AGAINST ALL LOGIC)
Subscribers to Nicolas Jaar's Other People label knew the real story: this music was from Against All Logic, or A.A.L., an alias of Jaar's known only to diehard fans. Now that music has been compiled into an album, 2012-2017, released last month (February 2018) without warning.
ONE WAY GLASS By INNERSPACE ORCHESTRA
The band is made up from Brit indie mainstays: The Horrors' Tom Furse, Fanfarlo's Cathy Lucas, and Rose Elinor Dougall from the Pipettes, three musicians who are already respected in their own right, and "One Way Glass" is made up from soaring, shimmering guitars, little snippets of shoegaze, and a widescreen pop sensibility.
MIRACLE By GIORGIA ANGIULI
After a classical music education Giorgia developed in a short time a deep interest in the electronic music and she started experimenting new live techniques. From the very first project Metùo she aimed to create a multi-sensorial performance mixing sounds, images and scents. She never stopped looking intensely for the interaction with her public.
In the year 2010 with her audio visual project WE LOVE she concluded an exclusivity agreement with the label Bpitch Control performing in many clubs internationally.
In 2013 she started her residency at TENAX club (Florence, ITALY). This experience gave her the chance to test a new style, creating always different live acts and having the opportunity of constantly improvising on stage. Giorgia Angiuli composed also soundtracks for movies, commercials and fashion shows collaborating with many well-recognized musicians.