11 May 2009

New Artist Alert: Vic Was Right

It must've been over a year ago, but one time I was smoking cigarettes with Vic during a party in Jersey and he called it:

"Soon all you're going to need to start an electro band is a relatively attractive chick and a guy who can play synth."

Or something like that.

Well, he was right; not just about the future of electronic music, but even his melancholy regarding it. Here are two bands that prove his point; Cute chicks singing, with invisible guys providing the beats. The tunes aren't really innovative or substantial, but they make for fun, interesting dance music. The songs also double as great remix ammo.

La Roux

I think Vic's comment stemmed from a conversation about Crystal Castles, so its only appropriate that La Roux reminded me of CC, sans the meth. Ben Langmaid creates a similar rough, lo-fi sound, but its much more restrained, more melodic. Also, unlike Alice of CC, Elly Jackson can actually sing. The Twelves took to La Roux's "In for the Kill," but came up a little short of their usual handiwork.

La Roux - Bulletproof (mp3)

La Roux - In for the Kill (mp3)
La Roux - In for the Kill (the Twelves remix)


Alright, maybe I spoke too soon: Turns out Ladyhawke is actually just one chick, who sings and produces the music. Sorry Vic, guess your theory's got a hole in it--unless the guy behind this is really invisible. Anyway, Ladyhawke is a blond from New Zealand churning out electro-pop. It's actually a bit more layered and intricate than La Roux's brand. And if Alex Metric's and Fred Falke's attempts are any indication, its much more conducive to great remixes.

Ladyhawke - Back of the Van (mp3)
Ladyhawke - Back of the Van (Fred Falke remix)

Ladyhawke - Paris is Burning (mp3)
Ladyhawke - Paris is Burning (Alex Metric remix)

P.S. Hundredth post, motherfuckers.


  1. I actually want to know more about that painting behind him.

  2. Congratulations on your hundredth post. I'll buy you a beer. I'm calling it right now, soon you won't need anything other than an easily pirated computer program to start an electro band.

  3. The photo was taken at the Musee de L'erotisme in Paris. That painting was from an exhibit on Japanese erotica.

    NOT WORK/PARENT/FAINT-OF-HEART SAFE: http://www.musee-erotisme.com/fichiers/japon-erotica.php?lang=en&expo=5

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    God dammit Molek, it's our hundredth post. Still, I'll take that beer.

  5. Congrats on your 100th post.

    Crystal Castles are my fave of all these bands though. Their songs don't get old. Crimewave & Untrust Us have been hits for like, 3 years now.

    I deleted my La Roux & Ladyhawke mp3s after 1 month.

  6. ....still looking for the "cute chick"

  7. & not too fond of the wasting beer scenario.. is she an undercover cop?

  8. nvm the comment above, apparently Ladyhawke --better known as Ms. Pip Brown -- suffers from Asperger Syndrome.

    "Individuals with AS can exhibit a variety of characteristics and the disorder can range from mild to severe. Persons with AS show marked deficiencies in social skills, have difficulties with transitions or changes and prefer sameness. They often have obsessive routines and may be preoccupied with a particular subject of interest. They have a great deal of difficulty reading nonverbal cues (body language) and very often the individual with AS has difficulty determining proper body space. Often overly sensitive to sounds, tastes, smells, and sights, the person with AS may prefer soft clothing, certain foods, and be bothered by sounds or lights no one else seems to hear or see. It's important to remember that the person with AS perceives the world very differently. Therefore, many behaviors that seem odd or unusual are due to those neurological differences and not the result of intentional rudeness or bad behavior, and most certainly not the result of 'improper parenting'." - http://www.udel.edu/bkirby/asperger/aswhatisit.html

    No use crying over spilled beer, ey Pip?

  9. Damn, someone's on that Haterade O.D.

  10. how is acknowledging someones publicized [at least via internet since i found it!]psychological disorder and lack of physical appeal hating?
    OKAY, you got me!

    thanks for quenching my thirst for that haterade, arvind ;o)