Temposhark – Don’t Mess With Me

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This particular track reminds me of Frou-Frou meets a really pissed off EMO Martin Gore from Depeche Mode. And funny enough, which I didn’t even realize until I started to listen to the entire album from Temposhark is that non other than Frou Frou front women Imogen Heap lends guest vocals on a track called, “Not That Big”. This track is taken from the forth coming debut album “The Invisible Line” which will be released in March 2008.

From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temposhark

Temposhark are an English electronic rock band, formed in London by singer and songwriter Robert Diament with programmer Luke Busby. Temposhark are best known for their songs Joy, It’s Better To Have Loved and Not That Big, a duet with singer Imogen Heap, which feature on their 2008 debut album The Invisible Line. Other notable artist collaborations include Guy Sigsworth, Sean McGhee, Youth (aka Martin Glover from Killing Joke), Kate Havnevik and the virtuoso violinist Sophie Solomon.

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Au4 – Hit and Miss

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Au4 are from Vancouver and made up three brothers (Ben, Aaron, and Nathan Wylie) and friend Jason Nickel.

They mix elements such as shoegaze, electronica, dreampop, and ambient. Their entire album is quite solid and at times remind me of early Duran Duran, well… at the least the mellow tunes from early Duran Duran.

Here’s a short bio from cdbaby:

Ben Wylie (vocals, guitars, keyboards), Aaron Wylie (keyboards, vocals), Nathan Wylie (drums, percussion) and Jason Nickel (bass, vocals, keyboards) grew up on music, each starting Royal Conservatory training at a young age. In high school, the boys formed the requisite alternative rock bands, while continuing their musical study and touring in jazz, choir and theatrical productions. Jason and Nathan attended Capilano College’s Jazz Studies program, while Ben and Aaron began experimenting with the electronic loops and beats which would later morph into Au4.

Inspired in part by the electronica explosion, and landmark albums by Underworld, Massive Attack, Bjork, and Nine Inch Nails, Ben and Aaron (who was also DJing in Vancouver clubs) started writing with new tools, layering and shaping sounds late into the night. In 2003, Jason Nickel heard their demos and brought them to producer/engineer Richard Dolmat. The group Au4 was officially formed along with Nathan Wylie, their brother.

On Audio was produced by Au4 and Richard Dolmat at Digital Sound Magic studios in Vancouver and is released on their own label, Torn Open Records. The nine tracks draw from trip-hop, ambient and dreampop styles, featuring the breathy, haunting vocals of Ben Wylie, who also scripted the fantastical stories of love and life.

A melancholic tone weaves throughout On Audio, but the mood is of contemplative optimism: The acoustic-guitar laced love song “Hit and Miss” undulates like a watery embrace. The bass-driven “A Mile From Here” is an up-tempo track ready for clubs. Even the epic “An Ocean’s Measure of Sorrow” rocks, a fresh take on the piano ballad. “Everything’s Always Moving” sums up the album’s hypnotic qualities and themes of hope.

“‘Everything Always Moving’ came in a state of amazement as one reflects upon one’s own existence, and how we are always affecting, always being affected, always changing each other’s lives,” says Ben. “There are moments when this truth becomes more apparent and it always seems to be on the heels of either great hurt or extreme joy, moments where life feels like some heavenly poem or surreal nightmare. Regardless, as we continue to pour into one another, there is a fruit that grows. Such is the beauty of life.”

The result of a lifetime of love and study of music, five years of songwriting and two years of studio refinement, On Audio represents the beginning of Au4’s journey. The group plans to perform live in 2006 and is working on second album of remixes from On Audio. They are also working on an innovative website, a collaboration between Ben Wylie’s visual FX background, Aaron Wylie’s DigiCoyote Software company and Juno Award-winning designer Vincent Marcone. The multi-media and live aspects of Au4 complement and reinforce the band’s musical message.

“We just want to connect with people,” says Aaron. “At the end of the day, there’s much more satisfaction of being when you realize that, yes, there is bad and good in life, but that is our common ground. We should all try to look beyond ourselves and share the time we have. That’s what, for us, music is about.”

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Listen to the full album at www.au4-audio.com. Hit the “listen” link.

DJ Hasebe – Dumb Old Nick (Super Elephant Fly Mix)

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This track is taken from a collection of breakbeat remixes of Disney Songs called, “Breaks & Beats Disney”.   This compilation includes remixes from Japanese artists and the compilation itself was only released in Japan in 2005

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Mahjongg – Problems

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From their forth coming sophomore album, “Kontpab” which will be released this February 22nd 2008 comes their single “Problems”. Mixing elements of Industrial, Indie Rock, and Electronica and influences such as PIL, CAN, and Gang of Four can be heard. The entire album can be previewed here.

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