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Monday, Apr 27, 2009

The French duo of Miss Kittin and the Hacker first got together in back in 2001 for the album First Album and turned out the lewd, but catchy “Frank Sinatra”. I won’t recount those lyrics here, but you can listen on Lala.com. Our very own Terry Sawyer said of the duo, “they created decadent club music for people too arch and smart for typical white label fare.”


They haven’t worked together since then and Miss Kittin went on to record I Com, while the Hacker went off on his own as a DJ and remixer working with the likes of Air and Laurent Garnier. The two began writing together again back in 2006 and hit the stage in 2007. Now they are releasing their first full-length since 2001 on May 19th with TWO. They’re a bit less outrageous this go-around and a tad more sophisticated to boot. Sample their new approach here with the online premiere of “Electronic City”.


Miss Kittin & The Hacker
“Electronic City” [MP3]
     


Miss Kittin & The HackerTWO—(Nobody’s Bizzness,19 May)



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Friday, Apr 24, 2009

British hip-hopper Dizzee Rascal returns to the music world on 18 May with the release of the “Bonkers” single. The sound is a bit different for him and he raps over banding, straight-ahead electronic beats from Armand Van Helden that evokes the Chemical Brothers school of big beat. Dizzee offering up a new full-length Tongue ‘n’ Cheek later in the year as well.



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Friday, Apr 24, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Quentin Huff said of Prince’s new album, “LotusFlow3r, conceptually and in musical diversity, operates as a cross between Stevie Wonder’s Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants and Me’shell Ndegeocello’s The World Has Made Me the Man of My Dreams. Like The Secret Life of Plants, the songs on this set explore, in some way, various aspect of the lotus flower mystique. “Love Like Jazz” and “77 Beverly Park” might even fit the mood and music of Plants.” Here’s the video for “Crimson and Clover” from that release.



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Friday, Apr 24, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Brooklyn’s indie art rockers Pterodactyl released their new album Worldwild this week. Look for an upcoming PopMatters review, but in the meantime sample a song and video from the new effort.


Pterodactyl
“First Daze” [MP3]
     


 



TOUR DATES
04/25/09 Brooklyn, NY - Secret Project Robot - Record Release Show
05/02/09 Cambridge, MA - Senior House - MIT
05/16/09 Hanover, NH -  w/ FIASCO


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Friday, Apr 24, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Britain’s the Horrors release their second album of shoegazey garage rock on 5 May via XL. Here’s the new video from Primary Colours and a couple of upcoming U.S. concert dates.



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