Kyle Andrews x Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr Remix Unleashed, LP Out Now

Kyle Andrews is the maestro of crafting deliciously catchy albums built to make you smile. A pulsating, fun-inducing album, his new full-length album, Brighter Than The Sun is out now via Elephant Lady Records via iTunes and other prominent digital retailers.

Brighter Than The Sun album cut “Crystal Ball” glistens with shimmering synth and an infectious, dance-worthy beat that’s sure to lift your spirits- perfect for a sunny summer day! Detroit indie-poppers put their distinctive touch on the single. The “Crystal Ball” (Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Remix) premiered with PureVolume and you can check it out HERE .

Drawing inspiration from society’s inclination towards the technological, Kyle is no stranger to the innovative- he uses everything from built-in laptop mics to top-of-the line studio set ups to compose and record his tunes. Kyle Andrews is perhaps best known for his 2010 hit “You Always Make Me Smile,” which was featured in a worldwide ad campaign and had a videothat was shot during an attempt to make the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest water balloon fight.

Stay tuned for more innovative, infectious tunes & news coming soon!

CSS Releases “Hangover” RAC Remix + “Hangover + Remixes” Bundle Out July 23rd

“Hangover + Remixes” Bundle To Be Released July 23rd

Anyone who drinks has done it before: You have a few too many cocktails, go to bed and wake up the next day with a headache or worse. And yet the next time Saturday night comes around we go searching yet again for the next cool bar, fun song and tasty drink.

It is in this once-is-never-enough spirit that CSS has released a remix by RAC of “Hangover”, the track from their newest album Planta. This remix will be included in a bundle, to be released July 23rd, titled Hangover + Remixes. The bundle will also include a Dre Skull remix of “Hangover” as well as the original track.

Produced by TV On The Radio’s David Sitek (The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Santigold), Planta’s infectious tones show a unique combination of pop, dance, punk and reggae that make for the perfect summer soundtrack. Listen to the remix HERE.

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The-Drum remixes Bird Call’s seductive single “Phantom Limbs” for forthcoming EP

Phantom Limbs remix EP out 6/3


“Phantom Limbs” (The-Drum remix)

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FACT Mag premieres the slinking new remix from beloved Chicago production duo The-Drum of Bird Call’s kinetic second single “Phantom Limbs” taking the R&B tinged pop track to spookier open spaces. The remix kicks off the forthcoming Phantom Limbs EP out June 3rd on UK-based Zap Records which will also include the single, an additional remix by My Great Ghost and a new original Bird Call track entitled “When The Fires Roam”.

“Phantom Limbs” (original)
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Bird Call is the New York-based project of songwriter and vocalist Chiara Angelicola and producer Bryan Senti. Early last year Angelicola teamed up with Senti (who had previously worked with artists like Mark Ronson and Rufus Wainwright) and together embarked on a transformation in soundscapes and collaboration. Following the EP release, the project’s forthcoming debut LP under the new sound Will We Get To Mars? will drop later this year and showcases over a year’s worth of songwriting and production experimentation for the duo. Much of the record’s lyrical content explores a particularly turbulent past relationship for Angelicola, lending a particular efficacy to the new collection of tracks.

Phantom Limbs EP Tracklist 
1. Phantom Limbs
2. Phantom Limbs (The-Drum remix)
3. Phantom Limbs (My Great Ghost remix)
4. When The Fires Roam

“…a dangerous, romantic quality to it, Angelicola emoting over a bed of cinema-worthy synths like Grimes on downers” – Under The Radar

“Chiara Angelicola has gone electro….It’s a change that suits Angelicola’s direct, impassioned voice well. Collaborator Bryan Senti has kept the spirit behind Bird Call’s earlier material, with its ethereal backing arrangements and focus on Angelicola.” – WNYC

“Conclusion: Bird Call is a lady to keep an eye on, and not just because she’s very pretty.” – Disco Naivete 

 

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Listen To Sensual Harassment’s Disco Remix Of Dead Leaf Echo ‘ Kingmaker’ Remix

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Listen to Sensual Harassment’s ‘Kingmaker’ Remix Here!!!

 

Brooklyn disco pop duo Sensual Harassment have turned Dead Leaf Echo’s ‘Kingmaker’ into a 80’s disco banger!

Dead Leaf Echo just returned from the West Coast playing with Beach Fossils and The Telescopes atThe Echo. They’ll continue touring the West along with LA gazers Tennis System and have recently headlined the 20th anniversary of the indie gatheringBeautiful Noise Festival held in the desert of Arizona, along with Captured Tracks band Half String.

They also just completed an east coast tour withSlumberland band Lorelei and played SXSWsupporting The Ocean Blue and The Warlocks. They will also be playing The Ocean Blue’s sold out NY show in June. Furthermore, DLE are also scoring an Off Broadway production of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo Juliet’, you can buy tickets here.

Brooklyn’s Dead Leaf Echo is an art collective that is releasing their debut LP “Thought and Language” this Spring. The album has clear4AD influences as it was mixed by John Fryer(Lush, NIN, Depeche Mode) with artwork by the label’s legendary designer V23’s Vaughan Oliver(Pixies, Bauhaus).

They are currently topping the CMJ Top 20 indie charts. They played live on KEXP’s John in the Morning and were recently featured as ‘Song Of The Day’ and are on regular rotation on KEXP as well as on Nic Harcourt’s Morning Becomes Electric on KCSN.

Previous tours and SXSW bills included The Wedding Present, A Place to Bury Strangers &And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead.They festivaled in 2011 with The Psychedelic Fursas well as played sold out shows in 2010 opening for the reunited Chapterhouse and Ulrich Schnauss.

DLE incorporate elements of ambient,baroque, dream-pop, shoegaze, new wave, and goth, and craft every aspect of their sound and vision, with high-art as concept. Chiming guitars in twin stereo reverbs with shimmering vocals and silky basslines. Dead Leaf Echo runs the gamut of what is now possible within the contemporary underground and stands out on the NYC indie music scene.

Tour Dates:

May 09 – Brooklyn, NY – Shea Stadium #+
May 10 – Brooklyn, NY – Union Pool #!
Jun 1 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
July 11 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s %
July 12 – New York, NY – The Cake Shop %

# w/ The Tennis System
+ w/ Nightmare Air
% w/ Highspire
! w/ Heaven
@ w/ The Ocean Blue

Praise for Dead Leaf Echo:

““The band creates a blossoming world where Cocteau Twins and My Blood Valentine influences swirl and mix with Vladimir Nabokov and Ernest Hemingway love letters.” — The Deli Magazine

“Some of the best live music in the city” —Time Out NY

“Sandwiched between Ride and The Jesus & Mary Chain on the soundtrack to one of Gregg Araki’s Teenage Apocalypse films”–Philphy Mag

“Resonates like a glass of old school Absinthe”–The Huffington Post

“A post-Romantic approach to music, fashion, even New York City itself….. is the kind of wisdom Robert Smith masterfully conjured in his prime”– Andrew Frisicano

“I bet Phil Spector in all his deranged glory never imagined a wall of sound quite as massive and tidal as the one that these guys construct.”–Jasper Coolidge (Jenyk)

 

Factory Floor Remix Vondelpark’s “California Analog Dream”

FACTORY FLOOR REMIX VONDELPARK’S “CALIFORNIA ANALOG DREAM”

 

VONDELPARK’S SEABED OUT NOW ON R&S RECORDS

  

British trio Vondelpark released their debut album, Seabedlast week on R&S Records. It’s a bold and intuitive debut that patiently builds on their previously released “Sauna” and “nyc stuff and nyc bags”EPs. Still intensely inward-looking, the songs here are looser with a more collaborative feel to the rhythms and playing. A submerged atmosphere comes across and pillowy textures and lush, romantic sounds run throughout.

 

After sharing album track “California Analog Dream,” today, Vondelpark release the Factory Floor remixof this track,”keeping the lost and searching quality intact but wedding it to a furiously blippy dancefloor banger,” as described by StereogumBoth single and Factory Floor remix, plus the previously releasedBullion remix are now available in a bundle via iTunes.

 

LISTEN TO/SHARE “CALIFORNIA ANALOG DREAM” (FACTORY FLOOR REMIX) –

https://soundcloud.com/vondelparkmusic/california-analog-dream-1/

Watch & Listen:

“California Analog Dream” video – http://youtu.be/j9r3MxMYlyE

“California Analog Dream” – http://snd.sc/XWQidI

“California Analog Dream” (Bullion Remix) – http://snd.sc/Z0bPCH

“Dracula” video – http://youtu.be/sRS0vQATI_Q

“Rainsbury, Bailey, and Law showed long ago that they could draw a crowd with a bold gesture, but Seabed’s appeal after multiple listens is in its details.”

— Pitchfork

“In broad strokes, the album is more robust, sexier, and moodier than Vondelpark’s past efforts . . . Guitars echo and synths hoot, pulsing and fluttering like swimming jellyfish.”

— XLR8R

 

“The Bullion remix furthers the hazy, laid-back-but-secretly-troubled vibe of the original, with the producer creating a stony backdrop of digital funk, hiccuping acoustic guitar and off-kilter synth washes. . . ” — The FADER

 

“‘California Analog Dream,’ with its gently wistful vocals and subtle intricacies, showed just what the three piece from London could achieve, and the rest of this album of graceful electronic pop reaches similar heights.” — Pigeons and Planes

 

Vondelpark “California Analog Dream” single purchase link – http://bit.ly/Y9oXKF

Vondelpark Seabed purchase link – http://amzn.to/Ybd0TC

Vondelpark Online:

http://vondelparkmusic.com/

http://www.facebook.com/OfficialVondelpark

https://soundcloud.com/vondelparkmusic

https://twitter.com/Vondelparkmusic

http://www.randsrecords.com/

http://pitchperfectpr.com/a_von.html

 

Moduloktopus Gives PMM: MIXTOPUS – UNRELEASED Originals/Remixes

MIXTOPUS is a new DJ mix series composed of All original + remixes. It takes a special sneak peak into many unreleased productions and journeys through the various genres that make the Moduloktopus sound unique in its own way. It also includes artwork by Venezuelan artist Edgar Menendez

Exclusively from PMM…FREE DOWNLOAD:  db.tt/iINte2xZ

You may not already be aware of Boston’s Moduloktopus, but you should start paying attention because this bass-heavy Electronic Music Chameleon is making waves in 2013.

The Dominican producer living in Boston has been creating a buzz amongst various blogs (Earmilk, Gotta Dance Dirty, Run The Trap, Wicked, Klubb Ace etc…). The artist is solely in love with the creative process and the capacity to express emotions and movements through music in such a way that people can identify some link between how they feel and how they felt during other moments in life. His style is a hypnotic combination of EDM genres, experimental sounds, multi-dimensional melodies, soaring build ups, and climatic Sub Bass body motions.

With the release of numerous genre hybrids, there is no limit to what the artist has in store for the world every week.

Moduloktopus    
Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/Modulok
Facebook: http://facebook.com/Moduloktopus
Twitter: http://twitter.com/Moduloktopus

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Suit & Tie – Justin Timberlake (Moduloktopus Remix)

Official Music Video for Moduloktopus’ remix of the silky smooth new song Suit & Tie by Justin Timberlake. If you want to dance hard and grind slow back to back this is the track for you.
And if that wasn’t enough, it’s the 50th Anniversary of the James Bond films in this great year of 2013 so watch the video and enjoy all the glory that comes with a sly martini drinking fox in a tuxedo.
Check it out:

Suit & Tie – Justin Timberlake (Moduloktopus Remix) Video

Suit & Tie – Justin Timberlake (Moduloktopus Remix) Audio

The Macklemore ReTwerk

Moduloktopus and Madd Martigann visit and reflip Macklemore’s Thrift Shop to keep Dance Floors warm, featuring a Michael Gold video to make you go DAYUM!

Macklemore – Thrift Shop (Moduloktopus x Madd Martigann ReTwerk)

Macklemore – Thrift Shop (Moduloktopus x Madd Martigann Retwerk) from Michael Gold on Vimeo.

Bear In Heaven Premiere Two New Remixes, Announce Winter Tour Dates: Pittsburgh 1/15/13 Brillobox

Bear In Heaven are back with tour dates in 2013, two new remixes of their standout track, “World Of Freakout” by Dave Harrington, and a special show at The National-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties in December.

Ad Hoc premiered Dave Harrington’s Lonely Dreams Dub remix, writing, “the harrowing arrangement of the off-kilter original is re-interpreted as a spacious, jazzy exploration that begs for closed eyes, hallucinatory reflections, and deep thoughts.” You can catch his Original Audio version on Brooklyn Vegan, who are also featuring an exclusive ticket giveaway for the band’s New York show next week with Small Black and ERAAS. The show, taking place December 5th at Music Hall of Williamsburg, will give $1 of every ticket to Smallwater, a relief agency for Hurricane Sandy victims, as well as 10% of their proceeds at the after party, to be held at Public Assembly with DJ sets from Bear In Heaven, Dave Harrington and Small Black.

The new year will see the band playing select shows in North America, including a stop at Chicago’s Tomorrow Never Knows Festival. Check out their exclusive FADER mixtape and ease into the sweet sounds of Bear In Heaven.

Upcoming Tour Dates /

12.01.12 – Bay Brewed Festival – San Francisco, CA #
12.05.12 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – New York, NY *
12.07-12.09 – All Tomorrow’s Parties By The National – Camber Sands Holiday Camp, UK
01.13.13 – Black Cat Backstage – Washington, DC !
01.15.13 – Brillobox – Pittsburgh, PA %
01.16.12 – Schubas (Tomorrow Never Knows Festival) – Chicago, IL @
01.17.12 – Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH &

# with Sonny & The Sunsets, Born Gold
* with Small Black, ERAAS
! with Hooray for Earth
% with Snowmine
@ with Mister Lies, Supreme Cuts, Hooray For Earth
& with Aurora del Sole, Hooray for Earth

Jim O’Rourke Remixes Neneh Cherry & The Thing; The Cherry Thing Remixes

Neneh Cherry & The Thing’s The Cherry Thing was released this past June via Smalltown Supersound. In addition to their own compositions, the album features the music of such diverse artists as Ornette Coleman, Suicide, Don Cherry, Martina Topley-Bird, The Stooges, and MF Doom. Next week on November 13th, Smalltown Supersound will be releasing The Cherry Thing Remixes, an album of Neneh Cherry & The Thing remixes by a range of artists, including Jim O’Rourke, Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas, Merzbow, Four Tet, Kim Hiorthøy and more.

LISTEN TO/SHARE JIM O’ROURKE REMIX NOW

To purchase The Cherry Thing Remixes click here

“Halo 4” Announces Soundtrack Remix Contest

Drop Your Track Now in the “Halo 4” Soundtrack Remix Contest

Join the ranks of world renowned electronica producers by submitting your own remix for a chance at global recognition and epic prizes

The Halo Nation is one of the most dedicated fan bases in all of gaming. Comprised of millions of fans around the world, Microsoft and 343 Industries, in conjunction with soundtrack partner 7Hz Productions, are recognizing the passion of these fans with the “Halo 4” Soundtrack Remix Contest.

Musicians and “Halo” gamers alike will have the ability to put their own spin on the “Halo 4” Soundtrack working with exclusive original stems from famed composer/producer Neil Davidge, competing for a shot at global recognition.

The competition starts Oct. 3 and will run through Oct. 29, with prizes awarded to the most original and creative tracks. Fans will have access to samples of Awakening, To Galaxy, and Nemesis from the “Halo 4” Soundtrack, allowing for a wide range of potential remix styles and musical genres. For full contest submission guidelines and rules, visit: Halo4Remix.com.

Entries will be judged by composer Neil Davidge of Massive Attack, “Halo 4” audio director Sotaro Tojima, and electronic musicians Sander Van Doorn and CASPA based on originality, creativity, and musicality. Winners will be announced on Nov. 16.

Prizes for the “Halo 4” Fan Remix Contest will vary per region, subject to change:

USA

Grand Prize
• Samsung Series 7 Laptop
• “Halo 4” Limited Edition Xbox 360 320GB Console
• “Halo 4” Trigger Stereo Headset
• Complete Collection of Official Halo Soundtracks

First Prize
• “Halo 4” Limited Edition Xbox 360 320GB Console
• “Halo 4” Trigger Stereo Headset
• Complete Collection of Official Halo Soundtracks

Second Prize
• “Halo 4” Trigger Stereo Headset
• “Halo 4” Official Soundtrack

Canada

Grand Prize
• “Halo 4” Limited Edition Xbox 360 320GB Console
• “Halo 4” Trigger Stereo Headset
• Complete Collection of Official “Halo” Soundtracks
• 12+1 Month “Halo 4” Xbox LIVE Gold Membership

First Prize
• “Halo 4” Limited Edition Xbox 360 320GB Console
• 12+1 Month “Halo 4” Xbox LIVE Gold Membership

Second Prize
• Xbox 360 “Halo 4” Limited Edition Wireless Controller
• “Halo 4” Game

For more information, please visit www.Halo4Remix.com for an introductory video on the “Halo 4” Fan Remix Contest.

Please note the “Halo 4” Official Soundtrack: Special Limited Edition release date has been moved to Nov.6 due to an exclusive content reveal.

The “Halo 4” Official Soundtrack: Special Limited Edition includes:

• “Halo 4” Original Soundtrack
• “Halo 4” 14-track remix album
• Exclusive “Making of ‘Halo 4’ Music” DVD titled ‘Composing A Universe’ and containing over 70 minutes of unique behind the scenes footage, interviews and recording sessions from Abbey Road
• Exclusive hardcover book on the “Making of ‘Halo 4’ Music” featuring production and composition notes from Neil Davidge plus exclusive behind-the-scenes photos and exclusive artwork images
• Exclusive 12” Neil Davidge signed art print
• Exclusive 180g heavy weight 12” Vinyl Full color Picture Disk of Master Chief and Cortana in a uniquely designed Sleeve bag
• Avatar T-Shirt download (Male & Female)
• The first 5000 orders will all be individually numbered in a limited series

www.halo4soundtrack.com

St. Lucia’s ‘September’ Remix EP Out Now

Click Here To Stream Alex Metric’s Remix of “September”

Click Here To Download Punks Jump Up Remix of “September”

Click Here To Purchase September EP On iTunes

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“The songs debuted thus far are all pop cunts, plain and simple. What St. Lucia brings to the table is immediacy tempered with texture, depth and variety. That artistry only adds to the appeal of these catchy songs.”- Complex Magazine

“The six tracks collected on its self-titled release are the idealized soundtrack to a fantasy Club Med beach party, pulling from warm Balearic house and tropical, mid-tempo disco.” The New Yorker

“St. Lucia’s timeless songwriting sense is right up front, with Grobler’s dewdrop vocals leading the charge. This all-killer-no-filler debut swings effortlessly from balmy Balearic disco on opener “We Got It Wrong” to the pulsing, piano-driven banger “Before The Dive.” – Noisey / Vice

“…futuristic synths, a booming chorus, a sax solo, and shimmery electro beats that send shivers up our spines.” – NYLON

“The album in its entirety is a fantastic burst of sunshine” – Off The Radar

“From the glistening echoes to calypso rhythms, its top priority is fun, dealt with care and precision whilst conveying its creator’s international background”- Abeano

“This debut is a mix of upbeat rhythms, swoony synth sounds and a subtle but infectious Eighties undercurrent” – Music Week

“We’d continue to gush on and on about what great musicians and people St. Lucia’s members are, but there isn’t enough room on this blog to contain our adoration.” – All Things Go

our Dates With Two Door Cinema Club

10/18 – Commadore – Vancouver, BC

10/19 – Vogue Theatre – Vancouver, BC

10/20 – Showbox SODO (City Art’s Fest) – Seattle, WA

10/21 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR

10/23 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA

10/25 – Palladium – Los Angelos, CA

BIO

Even in the urban wilds of Brooklyn, there may be no one else like Jean-Philip Grobler, otherwise known as St. Lucia.

Originally from Johannesberg, South Africa, Jean grew up performing with the Drakensberg Boys Choir School. When the choir wasn’t traveling—St. Lucia toured Japan, Australia, Europe, the US and more—they stayed in an enclave tucked in the South African mountains, learning everything from Bach and minimalist opera to African War Songs and Celine Dion.

A young musician could hardly find better training, but as a young teenager, he started to feel that he’d had his fill of classical music, and it felt like an epiphany when he discovered the music of Radiohead. “In South Africa, we used to be quite limited in what we were exposed to in terms of experimental music, and so hearing OK Computer for the first time was like experiencing a completely new Universe. I think it was also my own little form of rebellion against the rigidity of choir life’, he laughs. Eventually, he left the creative “small pond” of South Africa for England, where he spent three years studying music in Liverpool.

St. Lucia’s journey thus far ended—as many do—in New York City, where he started working on the tracks that would turn into his debut EP, to be released in the spring. The St. Lucia EP will mark the first full-length release on Neon Gold Records, the formerly singles-only label that first released Passion Pit, Ellie Goulding and The Naked & Famous.

The atmospheric quality of St. Lucia’s electronic pop is powerful, with the musician’s global travels and history of exotic hideaways effortlessly passed onto the audience through his dreamy, shimmering synths, and multi-layered arrangements. The listener is transfixed and transported into some collective memory of childhood summer.

St. Lucia was born out of a moment in early 2010 when Jean-Philip looked to the past for inspiration. Growing frustrated with a rock project that was starting to feel forced, he delved back into the music that had first inspired him: early Madonna, Fleetwood Mac, Peter Gabriel and other songs from his youth. ‘I became obsessed with a certain wave of nostalgic pop music, mainly from the 80’s, that to me represents some of the best pop music ever made. The music from that era has this unabashed, completely over-the-top quality to it, and that seemed fresh to me.’ He also rediscovered African music. ‘Growing up in South Africa, African music was always there, and so it was easy to ignore. But after being away from home for a few years, I began to discover just how amazing it actually is.’

Setting up shop in a small Williamsburg studio, Jean began to record and experiment, and eventually these new influences began to surface in his music. After a year of hibernation, Jean began to open the lid on his new project.“I’d show some stuff to my friends and I could see that they didn’t quite get it,” he says. He soon began to getin contact with people, with the idea of setting up a live band. Teaming up with his friend Nick and girlfriend Patricia—now St. Lucia’s drummer and keyboard players respectively—, the three of them “decided to play the demo’s for people in a context where we wouldn’t say anything about it. We’d just play it.”

It was then that the music got the attention of the Knocks, and St. Lucia was soon signed to HeavyRoc Music. His first single, “The Old House is Gone,” was released in spring 2011, fueling online intrigue. After two explosive shows at CMJ, the hype escalated to match. Neon Gold described St. Lucia as a “well-traveled mysterioso… physically incapable of producing anything less than extraordinary.” Bloggers posted St. Lucia’s second single, “All Eyes On You,” accompanied by proclamations: “This is an anthem,” or, “Beware, your hand will get tired from having to push replay over and over.”

“All Eyes On You,” like the rest of the St. Lucia EP, distills the best qualities of eighties pop—drawing out melodic bravado and euphoric energy and discarding any trace of the saccharine or heavy—and adds arresting, fresh elements of contrast. The EP is luminous and hazy, a tropical electronic dream. It has a notable, singular effect on the audience. “In a way that’s been my ambition, to give people a feeling similar to what the music from my youth gives me.” says St. Lucia.

He certainly delivers. “All Eyes On You” conjures up unlikely juxtapositions: an ecstatic nostalgia, a melancholy radiance, a mix of personal immediacy and the wanton urge to get lost in a crowd.

As an artist, St. Lucia has played into this element of anonymity. He has remained mysterious until this point, allowing a few facts about his unusual background to guide the response to his music. He’s starting to lift the veil: “As an artist, you always have lingering doubts. Are people going to get this? Are they going to think it’s cheesy?”

Ultimately, he sets these concerns aside. “What’s of real value to me is just sitting in the studio, working,” he says. “Or that moment when I’m walking along the street and hear something in my head, and let that idea work itself into an arrangement and then see that come to fruition.’

“Of course, it makes you feel good when your stuff starts taking off,” he adds. “It’s nice that people are writing about it, and that bigger things are coming in terms of remixes and record companies. But really, all I ever want to be doing is making music.”

St. Lucia’s ‘September’ Remix EP Out Now

St. Lucia’s ‘September’ Remix EP Out Now On Neon Gold / Columbia Records
Release Alex Metric + Punks Jump Up Remixes, EP Features Remixes By Alex Metric, Punks Jump Up, and Leo Zero

Click Here To Stream Alex Metric’s Remix of “September”

Click Here To Download Punks Jump Up Remix of “September”

Click Here To Purchase September EP On iTunes

Tour Dates With Two Door Cinema Club

10/18 – Commadore – Vancouver, BC

10/19 – Vogue Theatre – Vancouver, BC

10/20 – Showbox SODO (City Art’s Fest) – Seattle, WA

10/21 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR

10/23 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA

10/25 – Palladium – Los Angeles, CA

BIO

Even in the urban wilds of Brooklyn, there may be no one else like Jean-Philip Grobler, otherwise known as St. Lucia.

Originally from Johannesberg, South Africa, Jean grew up performing with the Drakensberg Boys Choir School. When the choir wasn’t traveling—St. Lucia toured Japan, Australia, Europe, the US and more—they stayed in an enclave tucked in the South African mountains, learning everything from Bach and minimalist opera to African War Songs and Celine Dion.

A young musician could hardly find better training, but as a young teenager, he started to feel that he’d had his fill of classical music, and it felt like an epiphany when he discovered the music of Radiohead. “In South Africa, we used to be quite limited in what we were exposed to in terms of experimental music, and so hearing OK Computer for the first time was like experiencing a completely new Universe. I think it was also my own little form of rebellion against the rigidity of choir life’, he laughs. Eventually, he left the creative “small pond” of South Africa for England, where he spent three years studying music in Liverpool.

St. Lucia’s journey thus far ended—as many do—in New York City, where he started working on the tracks that would turn into his debut EP, to be released in the spring. The St. Lucia EP will mark the first full-length release on Neon Gold Records, the formerly singles-only label that first released Passion Pit, Ellie Goulding and The Naked & Famous.

The atmospheric quality of St. Lucia’s electronic pop is powerful, with the musician’s global travels and history of exotic hideaways effortlessly passed onto the audience through his dreamy, shimmering synths, and multi-layered arrangements. The listener is transfixed and transported into some collective memory of childhood summer.

St. Lucia was born out of a moment in early 2010 when Jean-Philip looked to the past for inspiration. Growing frustrated with a rock project that was starting to feel forced, he delved back into the music that had first inspired him: early Madonna, Fleetwood Mac, Peter Gabriel and other songs from his youth. ‘I became obsessed with a certain wave of nostalgic pop music, mainly from the 80’s, that to me represents some of the best pop music ever made. The music from that era has this unabashed, completely over-the-top quality to it, and that seemed fresh to me.’ He also rediscovered African music. ‘Growing up in South Africa, African music was always there, and so it was easy to ignore. But after being away from home for a few years, I began to discover just how amazing it actually is.’

Setting up shop in a small Williamsburg studio, Jean began to record and experiment, and eventually these new influences began to surface in his music. After a year of hibernation, Jean began to open the lid on his new project.“I’d show some stuff to my friends and I could see that they didn’t quite get it,” he says. He soon began to getin contact with people, with the idea of setting up a live band. Teaming up with his friend Nick and girlfriend Patricia—now St. Lucia’s drummer and keyboard players respectively—, the three of them “decided to play the demo’s for people in a context where we wouldn’t say anything about it. We’d just play it.”

It was then that the music got the attention of the Knocks, and St. Lucia was soon signed to HeavyRoc Music. His first single, “The Old House is Gone,” was released in spring 2011, fueling online intrigue. After two explosive shows at CMJ, the hype escalated to match. Neon Gold described St. Lucia as a “well-traveled mysterioso… physically incapable of producing anything less than extraordinary.” Bloggers posted St. Lucia’s second single, “All Eyes On You,” accompanied by proclamations: “This is an anthem,” or, “Beware, your hand will get tired from having to push replay over and over.”

“All Eyes On You,” like the rest of the St. Lucia EP, distills the best qualities of eighties pop—drawing out melodic bravado and euphoric energy and discarding any trace of the saccharine or heavy—and adds arresting, fresh elements of contrast. The EP is luminous and hazy, a tropical electronic dream. It has a notable, singular effect on the audience. “In a way that’s been my ambition, to give people a feeling similar to what the music from my youth gives me.” says St. Lucia.

He certainly delivers. “All Eyes On You” conjures up unlikely juxtapositions: an ecstatic nostalgia, a melancholy radiance, a mix of personal immediacy and the wanton urge to get lost in a crowd.

As an artist, St. Lucia has played into this element of anonymity. He has remained mysterious until this point, allowing a few facts about his unusual background to guide the response to his music. He’s starting to lift the veil: “As an artist, you always have lingering doubts. Are people going to get this? Are they going to think it’s cheesy?”

Ultimately, he sets these concerns aside. “What’s of real value to me is just sitting in the studio, working,” he says. “Or that moment when I’m walking along the street and hear something in my head, and let that idea work itself into an arrangement and then see that come to fruition.’

“Of course, it makes you feel good when your stuff starts taking off,” he adds. “It’s nice that people are writing about it, and that bigger things are coming in terms of remixes and record companies. But really, all I ever want to be doing is making music.”