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Miike Snow

There were definitely a lot of great albums and new new music artists that came out in 2009, but I have to say there was one that stood out the most. Miike Snow is composed of Swedish producer/songwriters Pontus Winnberg and Christian Karlsson (who are also know as Bloodshy & Avant), as well as American songwriter Andrew Wyatt (Fires of Rome). They came out with their self-titled debut album in October and it is a knock-out from start to finish. Their first single, “Animal”, is a shining example of this group’s ability to make music that can get you out of your seat and on to the dancefloor. Having two amazing producers means you can beat on some great remixes too. Check out remixes of “The Reeling” by Passion Pit and “The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance” By Vampire Weekend, as well as remixes of “Animal” or “Burial” by the likes of Mark Ronson and Benny Blanco. One thing that I really admire about them is that they are true artists who put passion and meaning into everything they produce. Their music videos for “Silvia”, “Black & Blue”, and “Burial”, which you can watch on their Myspace page, are shot beautifully and leave you thinking, if not just entertained. On top of all of that, they are amazing live performers, which is a huge plus. They are currently touring Europe, but I can’t wait for them to come State-side at the end of March. Overall, I believe Miike Snow had a stellar year and put out an album that I won’t stop listening to for a while, so that is why I name them the “Best Music Artist of 2009”.


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.

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.


Seven Seals

I can’t believe it! The time has finally come for James Pants to unleash another album into this world! The one man band brings a blend of “80’s Soul, Electro Boogie, Early Rap, New Wave, & Post-Punk Disco” in a way no one can touch. For most people, his music might come off as a little off-the-wall, but listen to a song like “Ka$h” or “Crystal Lite” and you can’t help getting up to shake your groove thang! His debut album, Welcome, was a great introduction to his production and vocal styles, but expect something a little more sinister on his upcoming release Seven Seals. It was said that inspiration came from reading mystical books and books on Revelations, which lead him to wanting to start a cult…..and Seven Seals would be the soundtrack. Don’t get freaked out, he is not the next Jim Jones or anything, but you know if he did start a cult it would be the biggest dance party ever! Anyways, definitely check this guy out. His music will instantly put you in a better mood.

Seven Seals will be released December 8 on Stones Throw Records. Can’t wait!

Royksopp - Junior

This Norwegian duo really knows how to shell out some pretty darn good music. Royksopp’s latest album release, Junior, is the perfect spring/summer album. I know what you’re thinking, “but, its the middle of fall…”. That technicality aside, this album is an electronic powerhouse, with collaborations from The Knife’s Karin Dreijer Andersson, Robyn, and Lykke Li. Junior takes you though the gambit of summer emotions, with upbeat tracks like “Happy Up here” and “The Girl and the Robot” balanced out by the more melodic sounds of “Vision One” and “You Don’t Have a Clue”. This is probably Royksopp’s most accessible album for those new to electronic music. I will be keeping an eye out for the rumored follow-up, Senior, to be released later this year. If you like this album I would definitely recommend checking out Scars by Basement Jaxx.

To sum up Junior in one word: Brilliant!

The Apple & The Tooth

For those of you that don’t know Bibio, it is the musical moniker of British music producer Stephen Wilkinson. His most recent album release, Ambivalence Avenue, is definitely up there with my favorite albums of the year. Bibio manages to fuse folk and electronic music into a sound that is so fresh and inviting. The album plays like a dream, with hypnotic samples stitched together by folk guitar and lulling vocals. The best comparison I can give is a folk equivalent to music producer Danger Mouse, with the choppy production effect that manages to seem both effortless and timeless.

Anyways, I digress. I am writing this post to show my excitement for Bibio’s new album release, The Apple & The Tooth! Not only do we get one great album this year, we get two! The Apple & The Tooth, which gets released November 10, will include four original songs as well as an arsenal of remixes by the likes of Clark, Wax Stag, and Eskmo, to name a few. Check out a sample of “The Apple & The Tooth” or hear songs off of Ambivalence Avenue.


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