Barcelona-based duo The Pinker Tones make delightfully upbeat electronic pop songs that sport international influences and popularity. Their lyrics jump across language lines, using a spread of English, French, German, and Spanish for catchy hooks and verses. They've performed in what seems like every major city it's possible to get a direct flight to, and their latest album, Wild Animals, is already available in Spain, Japan, and Argentina, though it will be released in more than 40 countries this summer. "Working Bees" features a Kraftwerl-influenced hook, but simmers with with a mix of Latin rhythms and horns. Wyatt Williams
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Ben Watt's Buzzin' Fly imprint celebrates its fifth birthday this year, and for the occasion, the U.K. based DJ and producer has combed through the label's catalog and pulled up a grip of tracks for Buzzin' Fly - 5 Golden Years in the Wilderness. The three discs on this release take the listener through the earliest days of the label all the way up to 2008 and some brand new music, all ready made for the dancefloor. The housey number "Bottoms Up" comes from an unreleased 2005 demo by S.F.-based producer Justin Martin. Photo by Mozhgan Shariat.
All Good Funk Alliance has been making funk flavored uptempo hip-hop for about a decade. Hailing from Alexandria, VA, the group works it the old fashioned way, putting out its own records and touring up and down the East coast to play for a loyal following. The band will soon release its latest album, Slingshot Boogie, on Funk Weapons. Check out the throw back spirit and basslines on the title track. Wyatt Williams
How hard is it to keep up with Jay Haze? Well, if he's not releasing minimal bangers as Fuckpony for BPitch Control and Get Physical, then he's working on some sick dubstep with Michael Ho and Paul St. Hilaire as Sub Version. Then again, he might be calling the shots as label boss of TuningSpork or fighting the "guerrilla war against mediocrity" that was recently declared on MySpace. And if he's not busy with any of the above, Mr. Haze just might be making music under his own name–like the hypnotic Love & Beyond album that he just released. Can't keep up? Just check out the track. Wyatt Williams
Sega Genesis and 8-bit sounds inform the work of 24-year old Benny Boeldt, a recent transplant to Baltimore who records as Adventure and just signed to Carpark Records to release his self-titled debut album. A dancefloor homage to the early days videogaming, the tracks on Adventure really do call to mind pixelated figures running around imaginary worlds invented long before the birth of CGI, with some synth melodies and disco flavors added for an extra layer of fun.
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