It was early last year when drone-folk duo Gowns announced their break-up. Only some months later one part of the band, singer/guitarist Erika M. Anderson, started making music under the moniker EMA.
Last summer she released a first tape called Little Sketches On Tape which contained nothing but some experimental snapshots, without any noticeable structures. Listening to the first cut from her upcoming debut record Past Life Martyred Saints “The Grey Ship” the structure seems to be back again. 7 epic minutes of acoustic grunge guitars, noisy synths and Erika’s compelling voice.
“California”, the second piece we get to hear, has recently premiered on Pitchfork TV. The song is shorter than the opener, but not a bit less experimental and intimate. Erika’s not singing though, it sounds more like she was telling you a personal story.
Dragonette is a Canadian electronic music band from Toronto,Ontario, formed in 2005. The band consists of singer-songwriter Martina Sorbara, bassist and producer Dan Kurtz (also in The New Deal) and drummer Joel Stouffer.
Dragonette released a self-titled EP before being signed to Mercury Records and relocating to London, where they recorded and released their debut album Galore to moderate critical appreciation.A second studio album, Fixin to Thrill, was released in 2009.
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Snoop Dogg’s music career began in 1992 after his release when he was discovered by Dr. Dre. He collaborated on several tracks on Dre’s solo debut, The Chronic.
"Still D.R.E." is the title of a song co-written and recorded by American artist Dr. Dre. It was released in March 2000 as the second single from his multi-platinum second album, 2001. This song features Snoop Dogg on the intro, chorus and outro. Most recently, it was featured in the teaser trailer for the upcoming sci-fi comedy Neighborhood Watch.
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Joshua Paul “Josh” Davis better known as DJ Shadow is an American music producer, DJ and songwriter. He is considered a prominent figure in the development of instrumental hip hop and first gained notice with the release of his highly acclaimed debut album Endtroducing….., which was the first album to be recorded using only sampled sounds.
Destructo (Gary Richards) began DJing and producing undergrounds in the early 90s in Los Angeles, most notably creating RaveAmerica at Knotts Berry Farm. Rick Rubin subsequently handpicked Gary for A&R in electronic music at Def American Recordings, launching a noteworthy career with such acts as Lords of Acid, Messiah, David Holmes, Basement Jaxx, Dub Pistols, God Lives Underwater and founding 1500 Records and Nitrus Records. After carrying his success to the metal world with No Name Mgmt, Destructo returned to his roots in 2007 by creating HARD. HARD events such as the HARD Haunted Mansion have become synonymous with cutting edge electronic music and unforgettable experiences, where the talent rosters reflect Destructo’s own impeccable DJ sets.
Daniel Bejar — /ˈbeɪhɑr/) is an independent pop singer-songwriter fromVancouver who formed Destroyer in 1995. He self-produced his first album, the lo-fi We’ll Build Them a Golden Bridge, which was recorded at his in home studio in Vancouver. As Bejar gained popularity within the Vancouver music scene, he was joined by John Collins on City of Daughters and Destroyer formally became a band. In 2000, the band broke up and Bejar took an extended vacation in Spain.
Following his brief break from Destroyer, he returned to Vancouver to release Thief in 2000. Interpreted by many critics as an indictment of the music industry, this album brought Destroyer significant recognition.
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Death Grips are a hip hop group from Sacramento, California. They play an aggressive and dark style of experimental hip hop with a harsh vocal range using irregular meter and a frequently overdriven recording quality. The band often releases content through their website Third Worlds.
Death Grips initially formed on December 21, 2010. However it wasn’t until March 8, 2011 that the group would reveal itself to a wider audience with the video and single Full Moon (Death Classic). A large following quickly grew as the group released more content in the form of videos and new songs over a period of weeks. On April 26, 2011, Death Grips released an album entitled Exmilitary. NBCNewYork.com called it “an intense, dark listen.”
Dawes is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, composed of brothers Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith, along with Wylie Gelber and Tay Strathairn. Dawes was formed from the band Simon Dawes after the departure of co-songwriter Blake Mills, subsequently abandoning a post-punk sound in favor of folk rock.
Dawes is part of the Laurel Canyon sound, which often cites influences such as Crosby, Stills, and Nash and Neil Young, among others. At the invitation of producer Jonathan Wilson, the band joined a local informal jam session that included Conor Oberst, The Black Crowes’s Chris Robinson, and Benmont Tench. The band recorded their debut album, North Hills, in Laurel Canyon in a live setting to analog tape, resulting in a sound that Rolling Stone magazine called “authentically vintage”. Wilco multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone is also credited with appearing on the release.
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Pierre David Guetta (known professionally as David Guetta) is a French house music producer and DJ. Originally a DJ at nightclubs during the 1980s and 1990s, he co-founded Gum Productions and released his first album, Just a Little More Love, in 2002. Later, he released Guetta Blaster (2004) and Pop Life (2007). His 2009 album One Love included the hit singles “When Love Takes Over” (featuring Kelly Rowland), “Gettin’ Over You” (featuring Chris Willis, Fergie &LMFAO) and “Sexy Bitch” (featuring Akon), the last becoming a top five hit in the United States and all three reaching #1 in the United Kingdom, as well as another internationally known single called “Memories” featuring Kid Cudiwhich became a top five hit in many countries. Guetta has sold over three million albums and 15 million singles worldwide. He is currently one of the most sought-after music producers. As at 2012 David Guetta is the world’s most popular DJ, claiming the #1 poll position of the DJ Mag 100 popularity poll.
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Dada Life are a prominent Swedish electro house duo, consisting of Olle Corneer and Stefan Engblom. In 2010, Dada Life was voted #89 in DJ Magazine’s annual Top 100 list of the most popular DJ’s. Dada Life’s popularity escalated significantly over the next year and in October 2011, they were voted #38 in DJ Mag’s Top 100. Some of Dada’s biggest hits to date include “Kick Out The Epic Motherf*cker”, “Unleash the Fucking Dada”, “White Noise / Red Meat”, and their remixes of “Kaskade feat. Haley - Dynasty” and “Big Bad Wolf - Duck Sauce” . Dada Life frequently headlines at North America’s two largest electronic dance festivals, at the Electric Daisy Carnival and Ultra Music Festival.
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Company Flow is an American underground hip hop group from Brooklyn, New York City at one time associated with the independent record label Rawkus Records. Rapper/producer El-P andDJ/producer Mr. Len founded the group in 1992 inQueens, New York and rapper/producer Bigg Juslater joined.
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Donald McKinley Glover is an American actor, writer, comedian, and musician. Glover first came to attention for his work in the sketch group Derrick Comedy, and is best known for his role as community college student Troy Barnes on the NBC comedy series Community. In 2011, Glover signed to Glassnote Records under the stage name Childish Gambino; his first studio album, Camp, was released on November 15, 2011.
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Calvin Harris is a Scottish DJ, singer, songwriter, and record producer. His gold-selling debut album, I Created Disco, was released in 2007 and contained the top ten singles “Acceptable in the 80s” and “The Girls”. His second studio album, Ready for the Weekend(2009), reached number one in the UK Album Chart and includes the chart-topper “I’m Not Alone”, the UK top five hit “Ready for the Weekend”, and the singles “Flashback” and “You Used to Hold Me”.
Buzzcocks are an English punk rock band formed in Bolton in 1976, led by singer–songwriter–guitarist Pete Shelley.
They are regarded as an important influence on the Manchester music scene, the independent record label movement, punk rock, power pop,pop punk and indie rock. They achieved commercial success with singles that fused pop craftsmanship with rapid-fire punk energy. These singles were collected on Singles Going Steady, described by criticNed Raggett as a “punk masterpiece”. The widely covered “Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)” remains one of their best-known songs.