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.
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.