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Sweden has done it again. The LK bring the upbeat, fun electronic music we have come to love from other Swedish artists such as The Knife, Robyn, The Softlightes, and Teddybears but put a fresh alternative twist on it. With a voice reminiscent of The Whitest Boy Alive, this group has a sound that is so warm and fresh, even on softer tracks. Their album, Vs. the Snow, is a perfectly crafted work that covers all the bases with stand out tracks including “Stop Being Perfect”, “Down By Law”, and “Eurovision”. If you’re ever in a bad mood this album is an instant pick-me-up.

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Andrew Zuckerman is by far one of my favorite photographers. He able able to capture so much beauty and depth with seemingly so little effort. A simple white background helps keep the focus on his subjects and it has never seemed so powerful. He has photographed the likes of Nelson Mandela, Clint Eastwood, Jane Goodall, and Willie Nelson for his book titled Wisdom and in Creature he captures fantastic images of wild animals in a way that truly brings out the beauty in nature. His most recent book, Bird, is a stunning example of his ability to capture form and color in something spontaneous and natural, which really gives depth to something you might otherwise overlook. Check out his website for more samples of his work.

Imagine a mix between Radiohead and Coldplay, but with more ups and downs, and you’ve got Dan Black. His music is both deep and fun. On his new album, UN, he blends downbeat percussion with piano melodies and strings on songs such as “Let Go” and “Ecstasy”, but tracks like “Pump My Pumps” and “U+Me =” are equally at home on the dancefloor. Check out the music video for his new single, “Symphonies”.

It’s been a long while since my last post, but I just came across an artist that I have to share with everyone. Machinedrum is a Brooklyn-based music producer whose sound is a mix between Dam-Funk, Kanye West, and N.A.S.A. I highly, highly recommend checking this guy out. His beats are equally effortless and thumping and the guest MCs have some of the best flows I’ve heard. His recent album release, Want to 1 2?, is a 22 track masterpiece that ranges from mellow cruise music to all out club-bangers. Check out his Myspace for some great remixes and singles that didn’t make the album. I will definitely be having this guy on repeat for a long time.

Brooklyn!

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