Saturday, July 17, 2010

Introducing Wonky Pop

Take Depeche Mode, Squeeze, Human League, Animotion and throw them all into a blender and let a new batch of artists sample the delicious shake created by the mix and what you will get is a new crop of Pop Artists creating amazing music heavily influenced by the greats of the 1980s.

You may be familiar with Lady Gaga, Blake Lewis, the Scissor Sister, or The Ting Tings so I won't waste your time reintroducing you to them. This post is to show you some new artists you may not be familiar with.

Alphabeat - A Danish duo made up of Stine Bramsen and Anders SG,that have released two albums; This is Alphabeat and The Beat is.... They have an extremely similar sound to Animotion and are on the much poppier end of the spectrum. Here's their video for the single DJ (I'd rather be dancing)

Victoria Christina Hesketh or Little Boots as she's known on stage has released one major studio release and is starting to work on her second major outing. A multi-talented artist, Little Boots sings and plays the piano, keyboards, synthesizer, Stylophone and a Japanese electronic instrument called Tenori-on. Check out her album Hands for a Flock of Seagulls vibe that won't disappoint. Here she is showing off her many talents on the Jools Holland show.

With their debut single, Better than Love, Manchester based Hurts brings a solid Pet Shop Boys vibe to the table that leaves you wanting more. Since they are a pretty new group that is really only releasing in the UK, it's hard to get solid information on them in the States. Here is Better Than Love

Last but not least is Empire of the Sun, an Australian electronic music duo which formed in 2006. Comprised of Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore both of other bands that came together to form something larger than the two parts. This is their first video Walking on a Dream

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