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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.
D.C.-based noise-rockers Apes already have an outstanding history recording for the French Kiss and Birdman imprints, in addition to touring with bands like Liars and Klaxons. Taken from the band's forthcoming Gypsy Eyes LP, "Beat of the Double" will have new schoolers and art-rock enthusiasts all riled up.
Brooklyn-based James Towning (a.k.a Realistic) deserves his place next to Girl Talk on the Illegal Art roster. Incorporating a myriad of samples from rock to self-help records, Realistic has set a new template for eerie downtempo. If sound collages that bump had a poster boy, it would be this advanced producer.
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