Liss is a four piece from Denmark with all its members in their teens. They only formed in January of 2015, but by March, they were playing their first show supporting for Jungle and received wide aclaim. In November, Roddy McDonald who produced The xx and King Krule became their producer and released the debut single “Try”. The sound which could be described as Contemporary Soul Pop was influenced by a wide array of music from Bjork and Prince to Motown and Funk, gained the attention of music fans all around the world in a blink of an eye. In May of 2016, they released their debut EP “First EP” from the notable British label, XL Recordings.
Reo is the Electro-Pop duo consisting of 2 girls, Or Edry and Zoe Polanski from Tel-Aviv. Their debut album “Time Machine of the Heart” released in 2015 combines warm analog synth sounds, velvet-soft guitar and beat, and Or Edry and Zoe Polanski’s sweet harmonized vocals to make a retro-psychedelic soft-disco electro dream pop world, and at times described as “MGMT with female vocals” in the media. Stereolab’s Laetitia Sadier guest vocals on the album. They have also opened for Tame Impala.
As Psymun, producer Simon Christensen has stealthily created a sprawling, instrumental dream world. Anchored in unadorned beats and eerie samples, his instrumentation flickers, flows and flips on itself.
Aloa Input is a Munich-based three-piece unit. Described as “Massive guitars from Portland to Düsseldorf, mixed with clattering beats from Berlin to Detroit, with vocal harmonies from NYC to Cape Town on top”, they are addicted to new input from all over the planet earth, and output a genre-smashing ebullient album in 2015, “MARS ETC.”
Palm Pilot is a NYC based alternative rock band that blends the eccentric textures of math rock and psychedelic pop with Beatles-esque songwriting sensibility. Drawing from influences like Bowie, Shugo Tokumaru, and Tame Impala, one can never know what to expect from Palm Pilot’s extrasensory musical experience.
Following in the footsteps of German World Jazz visionary Joachim-Ernst Berendt & his 1960’s “Jazz meets the world” series on the highly collectible Black Forest label SABA records , Niko Schabel (Radio Citizen, Express Brass Band & part time member of the world jazz pioneers Embryo ;Berlin / Munich) and Tom Wieland (7 Samurai, Panoptikum Arkestra etc..; Vienna) travel the world in search of new rhythm and sound inspirations. First Sound Voyage stop: SE Asia, Thailand. Now hear this: Kraut world bass music for the forward thinkers and probably one of the first examples, where traditional SE Asian music meets western underground Electronica . Imagine Kraftwerk jamming in a Thai temple with the locals & Moritz von Oswald on the controls and you’re almost there.
“Good Time Girl” is the lead single off “Sings”, the first EP from Montreal bedroom crooner SENSI. Songs catch quickly, with an in-your-ear intimacy, no strings attached. Romance you can afford. Palo Santo wafts past the pile of pulp novels. Simple, unperformable Radio-Music. Call Anytime.
Lemon Meringue Die is Adam Ziel’s bedroom imagination world about shooting blowdarts in the jungle, catching frogs, looking at rocks, swimming in honey etc. He studies neuroscience via computer engineering in Boston and hopes this music is enjoyed outside while moving fast.
Pat Jordache’s “Steps” springs from three years of labyrinthine sessions, building a state of the art studio, producing artists on his Banko Gotiti imprint and managing a sleazy dance club. Dark, playful, loosely honest, cynical and care-free, the record pulls from Eno, Plastic Soul, and Shep Pettibone. For all of its careful assemblage, Steps is an uncanny, accidental party record.
Dritt Drittel is the unit mainly based on home recordings by Shunsuke Kuroki. In 2003, his remix “another psychedelic point remix” of Cornelius – “Point”, was included in “PM”. This was when he started using the name “Dritt Drittel” and became active as a musician. In 2009, he released his first album “Lektion No.1” from felicity.
Glockabelle is Annabelle Cazes. Her wild and unique sound comes from two tiny Casio VL-Tone calculator keyboards and a glockenspiel which she plays with eight thimbles (a technique she invented). She writes playful dadaist lyrics in both English and French. Glockabelle released her first EP called “Wolf BBQ” in May 2015, which was hailed by SPIN magazine as “anarchic enchantment” and the A.V. Club as “[showcasing] her art-punk, synth-pop provocateur music with gleeful abandon [and] highlighting her exquisite musicianship.” She has toured with the Fiery Furnaces and is featured on The Go! Team’s album “The Scene Between”. She has opened for James Chance, Marnie Stern, The Go! Team, Kaki King and Jack White’s Raconteurs.
Nicolas Paugam is known as a sweet nutter of French song. He is classed as a “Tropicalist singer” since his work largely refers to Brasilian music, namely MPB and Tropicalismo. Both CDs have been well-noticed and supported by French and International media (Telerama, …). His haunting vocals remind us the great Robert Wyatt and his music characterized by a convoluted phrasing such as Michel Legrand did.
Weekend Hymn is a new project by Shinsaku Moriyama, musician who resides in Southern Japan in Miyazaki Prefecture. Simple lyrical melody and club beat come together to make an original acoustic sound that is not Southern, but rather more metropolitan in its feel. He was active as a member of Petset, releasing 3 original albums. The long running hit “The Modern Adventure” which was used in a TV commercial, was made with listening and commercial space floor use in mind. Next new progress is hopeful based on this song.
Salami Rose Joe Louis plays piano, guitar, harmonica, many tiny keyboards, drum machines, sings, and produces. She also goes by Lindsay Olsen and Elle Olsun. She likes things funky, soulful, and a little strange!