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Check ‘Em Out: The Adversary

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Listen: The Adversary – “Ritual Dream”

Together with the electronic mastermind of Bill Laswell (Blur, DJ Spooky, Pet Shop Boys) and beats maker Q of XOQ (Afrika Bambaataa, Erasure), The Adversary releases Chapter Two: Ritual Dream on June 24.
Developed in 2012 by Andre Mistier (formerly of Ism) and producer Angelo Montrone (Matisyahu, Los Lonely Boys), The Adversary is a conglomeration of the sound and pulse of tech house music with the emotional intensity, connection of live musicians, and well crafted songs.

Mixing live, organic performances with modern digital production and technology, The Adversary creates electronic dance/pop that can’t be delivered by a DJ behind turntables. The combination of lights, costumes, special effects and interactivity has become a consistent theme and mind-blowing experience for audience members. The Adversary’s visual effects are striking, featuring LED wings and costumes which interact with the music.

Since The Adversary’s live debut at Burning Man 2013, the band has seen crowds grow from 100 people to nearly a thousand. These fans eagerly anticipates for The Adversary’s Chapter Two: Ritual Dream, out in June!

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Newest Love: The Japanese Popstars

New album Controlling Your Allegiance out June 21

The Japanese Popstars – Gary Curran, Declan ‘Decky Hedrock’ McLaughlin and Gareth Donoghue – may have been together for just four years, but they’ve carved out a reputation to rival the biggest names in dance music as a must-see live act and purveyor of raucous, foot-stomping, energetic electronic dance music. In the two years since their debut album We Just Are dropped on Gung-Ho! (UK), they have played major market dates in the U.S. including Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Electric Daisy Carnival in LA, played in Australia, across Europe and, of course Japan – a place that’s especially taken them to their hearts.

The band has also made a name for themselves as sought after remixers, having notched up their own inimitable re-rubs for luminaries such as Beyonce, Depeche Mode, Gorillaz and Kylie Minogue. In keeping with this proud tradition, The Japanese Popstars were also featured in the Tron Remix album, Tron: Legacy Reconfigured with their take on Daft Punk‘s Arena.

But it’s Controlling Your Allegiance, that’s the real leap forward as this is The Japanese Popstars first use of vocalists on an album.  And they didn’t pick just any old session singers either…  Wonder why the track “Take Forever” sounds like The Cure? That’s because the trio has enlisted collaborations from top notch artists such as Robert Smith (The Cure), Lisa Hannigan, Jon Spencer (of Blues Explosion), Tom Smith (The Editors), Green Velvet,  Morgan Kibby, M83 and Ireland’s James Vincent McMorrow.

I’m not sure what this video is really about…and I’m not sure what that creature is. All I know is that I felt bad for it while watching…it sort of made me sad. Quite an odd video.

Anyhow, you’ll like them if you’re a fan of Depeche Mode and Gorillaz.

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