Last week Kraftwerk released a remastered discography of some of their most inspired albums: Autobahn, Radio-Activity, Trans Europe Express, The Man Machine, Computer World, Techno Pop, The Mix, and Tour de France. Beginning in the early ‘70s, Kraftwerk engineered addictive melodies and industrial beats that helped shape the sound of many relevant electronic acts today, including New Order and Hot Chip. Watch a live performance of “Computer Love” from 1981, a song that captures the melancholy of their aural tectonics.
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Nigerian-born, German-based soul artist Nneka is set to release her US debut Concrete Jungle. Nneka derives her sound from the likes of Bob Marley, Nina Simone, and Erykah Badu. In Concrete Jungle, Nneka’s voice is the resounding instrument of hope driving the record, shifting from palpable desire to invigorated fury. Listen to Concrete Jungle‘s first single “The Uncomfortable Truth” and check out her upcoming U.S. tour dates.
The Uncomfortable Truth [MP3]
Astro Boy is the upcoming animated 3D movie based on the popular Japanese manga series by Osamu Tezuka. Freddie Highmore of Finding Neverland and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory gives voice to Astro Boy, a young robot who must save Metro City from the destructive hands of robot gladiators, led by Hamm Egg (Nathan Lane). Other vocal talents include Nicolas Cage, Kristen Bell, and Donald Sutherland. The movie is set to hit theaters October 23rd.
The Temper Trap’s debut release, Conditions, comes out today, October 13th. If the Melbourne band sounds familiar, it may be due to their contribution on the 500 Days Of Summer soundtrack with their single, “Sweet Disposition”. In addition to the release of their first album today, you can also spot the band tonight on Jimmy Kimmel. They are starting a U.S. tour this week, singing their new ten track album along the way. Here’s a single off the new album, “Down River”.
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Down River [MP3]
Phoenix, continuing to make the late night rounds, performed “Girlfriend” off their current record, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson last Friday.
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