Following up on 2003's Hocus Pocus, the indie-champions in Enon have returned with Grass Geysers...Carbon Clouds. This time around the trio has brought along a little more angst with it's already noisy rock ways. Between the killer guitar solos and distorted basslines of "Mirror On You," it may be a wise decision to retire your Stooges records because there's a new posse in town.
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Not unlike a majority of the artists on the Modular roster, Melbourne-based electro-popper Muscles has had no trouble turning out 18 and over dance parties around the world. The one-man songwriter's newest singe is all the proof in the world. Featuring Cut Copy-esque synths and "Peace, Love, Ecstacy" vocal chants, "Sweaty" is a surefire cure for the "it's not summer anymore" blues.
Kranky's newest addition to its already powerful roster comes in the form of Minneapolis-based male/female duo To Kill A Petty Bourgeoisie. Like a blood-thirsty Blonde Redhead, these two rebels create textures that haunt and melodies that would make any capitalist pig run for his/her life.
Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary (a.k.a. Modeselektor) have owned the year 2007, what with the release of Happy Birthday!, an exhilarating trip through the world of bass-driven techno, some well-attended tour dates, and, of course, a spot on the cover of XLR8R 112. Keep a watch on these guys in 2008. Their energy, humor, and general zest for music should ensure many fine things are yet to come. Photo by Birgit Kaulfuss.
Not unlike other Ekler'o'shock artists like Danger and datA, Paris-based Léonard De Léonard serves up a special variety of haunted French-touch killers. Featuring tightly woven glitches and plenty of hollering, "Screaming Dance" will have floors in more disarray than a Negative Approach runion.
After three years of triumphant singles and outstanding remixes for labels like Mood Music and Freerange, Dirt Crew has finally served up Raw, its first official long-player. As could be expected, DC's hypnotic-house duo is still as deep and infectious as ever. "Big Bad City" is just a taste of what's to come from this German powerhouse.
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