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If I was having a “chillwave” day, I’d wake up to a little Washed Out, spend the afternoon with Toro y Moi, and then head out for a night of no expectations, but endless possibilities with MillionYoung.

I’ve totally jumped on this “chillwave” bandwagon.  So when MillionYoung was brought to my attention, I wasn’t surprised that I took an immediate liking to the faraway, synthy sounds.

MillionYoung is one-man act Mike Diaz, who debuted his first and appropriately-titled Sunndreamm EP this past September, which you can download for free here.  And in just a few days, on January 19th to be exact, you’ll be able to get your hands on the Be So True EP.

Like Washed Out – which has become the band that every other “chillwave” act is measured against – MillionYoung is balmy and atmospheric.  However, more fitting comparisons can be drawn to the likes of Toro y Moi – not only because MillionYoung is sprinkled with electro-pop goodness, but also because both feature just one brave soul exploding into colorful sound.

MillionYoung makes me feel like I am right there hanging out with Diaz, but in this super-enhanced sensory experience.  Transparent Blog captured this feeling best when writing about the song “Soft Denial” — ” a new bubbling underwater delirium-disco partypopper… the drowsy, tidal melancholy of its opening reverb-splashed guitar strains eventually opening out into a pulsating juggernaut of humid electro-house like it was no big thing at all.” (For the record, I love everything Jack Shankly writes on this site.)

MillionYoung will be in New York at Glasslands on March 11th and Piano’s on March 12th.  Meanwhile, check out two of my favorite tracks…

MillionYoung – Cynthia

MillionYoung – Sunndreamm

Also, Transparent has the song “Soft Denial” (which I love) from the forthcoming EP here.



The reason I knew I liked this band right away is that despite their cover of Chris Isaac’s “Wicked Game,” I still wanted to listen to them.

Formed in 2008, exlovers is a 5-piece band from London, whose dreamy pop songs carry an overall innocence. Their EP out now will be followed by a debut album in 2010.

One of the more popular tracks “Photobooth” is certainly worth listening to, but my favorites are “New Years Day,” “In the Woods with the Werewolves” and “You Forget So Easily.”

Selling out shows across the UK from now through March, before making their U.S. mark at SXSW, there’s no doubt in my mind that they will likely follow in fellow UK act The xx‘s steps and become the next new UK darlings to hit the scene and cast a similar infectious spell.

exlovers – New Years Day

exlovers – You Forget So Easily

all that glitters is gold


A pretty damn good bartender at Public Assembly once told us about this band Monogold.  To be fair, he is in the band, so of course he had good things to say.  But what a nice little treat last night at the Hooray For Earth album release party at Piano’s, when Monogold opened.  One song in, we were digging it.  But when the band played second song “Dead Sea Minerals,” we were hooked.

Recently voted The Deli Magazine’s band of 2009 for the avant indie/shoegazer/noise rock category, three-man act Monogold is Keith Kelly (Vocals, Guitar), Mike Falotico (Bass) and Jared Apuzzo (Drums, Percussion).  Having self-recorded, produced and released two EPs since forming in 2006 – Waves (2007) and We Animals (2009), Monogold is well on its way.  As Untitled Records wrote: “Dear Monogold, if I were a record label I would sign you…”

First hearing a band live and falling in love, so much so that when you get their songs on your headphones it’s all you can play for days, is my favorite music experience.  We Animals is a dynamic seven song record, ranging from simple to complex compositions and catchy beats and baselines to ethereal, airy sounds.  Each song is a standout, and while Monogold offers a sense of familiarity, few other bands recently have captivated us so quickly.

Here’s our favorite track.  We’re sure you’ll be hooked as well…

Monogold – Dead Sea Minerals

p.s. KK, those drinks were vodka, cranberry, splash of pineapple.

Sincerely Yours, The Tough Alliance

The Tough Alliance

When you go to this website, all it says is “Be Still.”  Pretty ironic, since it’s the home page, and only page on the official site for The Tough Alliance.  Not only does this electro pop duo make you want to get up out of your seat and party, but they are also responsible for introducing you to many more artists and tunes that require dance floor dedication via their label Sincerely Yours, which boasts acts including Air France, jj and Memory Tapes, among others.

Henning Fürst and Eric Berglund, friends since childhood, formed The Tough Alliance in Sweden in 2003, debuting the first of four EPs in 2004 and their most recent of three proper albums in 2007.

The upbeat tracks make for a provocative live performance, and the duo have become known for outlandish onstage antics, inviting the crowd to participate in their show and, at times, swinging baseball bats on stage, something that caused the Swedish media to recognize the band as violent.

Regarding a SXSW 2008 show, The Fader wrote: They stand at the front of the stage looking maniacally over your head or pose in front of the video projection, letting its waves crash over their heads. This whole time they are shouting their songs at a volume barely audible over the backing tracks. But, if you shout along, it makes more sense. The lyrical volume catches up. And the next thing you know, The Tough Alliance is standing next to you on the floor and you are singing together, not singing into a mic for a second when they let you but you are part of the group.

That sounds pretty awesome.  Sweden is too sensitive.  But they have produced some damn good music the past couple of years.

Two of my favorite The Tough Alliance tracks are “A New Chance” and “Neo Violence.”  But TTA recently put out a remix album titled Prison Break, featuring remixes by El Guincho, jj, Shazam, Laidback Luke and Woolfy.  I love the originals, but check out the remixes here…

The Tough Alliance – A New Chance (The Juan MacLean Remix)

The Tough Alliance – Neo Violence (Shazam Remix)

L’incroyable Vérité + Sebastien Tellier’s Sexuality

sebastien tellier

I first heard Sebastien Tellier when I discovered the track “La Ritournelle,” which debuted in 2005.  The title translates into “the only love song” and the song, featuring only eight little lines, hooked me from the start.  It’s one of the most beautiful dance tracks:

Oh nothing’s going to change my love for you
I wanna spend my life with you
So we make love on the grass under the moon
No one call tell, damned if I do
Forever journey on golden avenues
I drift in your eyes since I love you
I got that beat in my veins for only rule
Love is to share, mine is for you

(Mr. Dan’s remix is my favorite version of the track…)

Tellier’s third album, Sexuality, released in 2008, was produced by Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo (Daft Punk), and it’s, well, pretty sexy in a fantastic way only the french can pull off.  Mr. Tellier sings in French, English and Italian (what a sex pot).  Favorites on the album include:

Roche (listen to the Breakbot remix)
Sebastien Tellier – Roche (Breakbot Remix)

Kilometer (check out A-Trak’s remix)
Sebastien Tellier – Kilometer (A-Trak Remix)

Divine (auditory pleasure = Danger remix)
Sebastien Tellier – Divine (Danger Remix)

Le Miel du Mois: Janvier


It’s the first of the month, and Le Miel du Mois: Janvier is up on Et Musique Pour Tous!  Click on the tape to listen in full and download the mixtape for *free*

Le Miel du Mois: Janvier Track List

1. Vega – No Reasons
2. Ladyhawke – Paris Is Burning
3. Tanlines – Saw
4. Florence + The Machine – Dog Days Are Over
5. Soulwax – Krack
6. Walter Sobcek – Traci’s Party
7. The Go Find – Everybody Knows It’s Gonna Happen, Only Not Tonight
8. Sebastien Tellier – Kilometer 1001010101001 remix
9. The Temper Trap – Science of Fear
10. Klaxons – Its Not Over Yet (Brodinski Remix)
11. Treasure Fingers – Cross The Dancefloor (Lifelike Remix)
12. Chromeo – Night By Night
13. Lookbook – True to Form (Gigamesh Remix)
14. Bodi Bill – Tip Toe Walk (Siriusmo Remix)
15. Toro Y Moi – Blessa
16. WhoMadeWho – I Lost My Voice (Moulinex Remix)

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