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Free Download: Formatic "State Of Replay" (Recall MHC Mix)

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Formatic are like a modern-day version of Emma Peel and John Steed, the witty '60s spy duo in the popular The Avengers television series. The emerging British electro pop duo serves up a sound and image that is equally sleek, stylish, a little mysterious and has classic quality to it. All that's missing is Steed's trademark bowler hat.

London-based siblings Kate and Nik Hodges make up Formatic. I alerted you earlier about the group in May and wrote about Kate's frolicky, Blondie-esque vocals and Nik's straight up production work.  Planet Clique will be releasing a limited EP of new Formatic tracks in August, including their new single "State Of Play." Remixes of the song will be shared among a select group of London DJs to drum up support for the group among the club crowd.

Formatic gives Arjan Writes readers an early peak at what's to come by offering a guilt-free download of "State of Replay" that was remixed by the guys from Manhanttan Clique. Yes, the the same clique that also produced Andy Bell's solo album "Electric Blue" and created mixes for Goldfrapp, Mody, Fischerspooner and the B-52's. I really like how Manhattan Clique put their dance floor sensibilities to work to overhaul this tune and turn Kate into a bonafide dance diva. (Much thanks to Nik and Kate for sharing the good stuff.)

Download Formatic "State Of Replay" (Recall MHC Mix) [MP3]

June 27, 2006 in MP3 Exclusives | Permalink | Comments (1)

Dangerous Muse GENRE Playlist

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My honeys of Dangerous Muse spun at GENRE's annual Pride Fest at the Time hotel in New York City last week. After some troubles with the equipment they were able to make it work and please the crowd with a darn fine collection of tunes. See their entire playlist after the jump. Check out more photos of Dangerous Muse at the event on my Flickr page. (Photos by Kevin Tachman)

Dangerous Muse GENRE Pride Fest Play List:

What Have I Done To Deserve This - Pet Shop Boys
Strangelove - Depeche Mode
Make Up Sex - Clear Static
All This time Still Falling Out of Love - Erasure
How High - Madonna
How To Be A Millionaire - ABC
Rippin Kittin - Golden Boy
Controversy - Prince
Brothers - Daf
Headhunter v 1.0 - Front 242
White Horse - Laid Back
Sweet Dreams - Eurythmics
1963 - New Order
Stars Are Blind (Chus and Ceballos Stereo Remix) - Paris Hilton
Change - Tears For Fears
Beat The Clock - Sparks
You Think You're A Man - Divine
Just Can't Get Enough - Depeche Mode
Control, I'm here - Niitzer Ebb
The Walk - The Cure
Two Of Hearts - Stacey Q
Send Me An Angel 89 - Real Life
Memorabilia - Soft Cell
Smalltown Boy - Bronski Beat
Burning Up (12" version) - Madonna
Mind Games - Technova
Le Rock Ol - Vitalic
Space Age Love Song - A Flock of Seagulls
Sex (I'm A...) - Berlin
Sex Dwarf - Soft Cell

June 26, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (7)

Fall Charts Revamp

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It appears that pop radio is going to sound a little different this fall with new album releases by Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson and Jessica Simpson. Let's also not forget a potent new Nelly Furtado single. That means out with James Blunt, Natasha Bedingfield, Fall Out Boy and the Pussycat Dolls.

A few big questions remain. Will Scissor Sisters be able to cut into the mainstream pop charts in the United States with their '70s inspired glittery pop rock on "Ta Da" that is expected to hit stores in September? I think it is possible, but as usual their label needs to make them a priority.

The same can be asked about the Killers' yet-untitled new album that is also expected in September, and will supposedly serve up a grander sound. Rumors indicate that the group's new single is titled "Bling." It is a clever move by the Las Vegas foursome to disguise the song with a title that makes it appear like an urban track and will surely be noticed by mainstream radio programmers who are obsessed with hip hop and rap.

And by the way. What happened to Pink? Did her second single after that first gimmick song just fizzle or what?

June 26, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (6)

New Killers Promo Shots

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New promo shots  of The Killers by Anton Corbijn in anticipation of their new record due out in September. Don't they look killer? [source]

June 26, 2006 in Pictures | Permalink | Comments (5)

Stream New George Michael Single

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After a slurry of stupidity and lots of bad press, '80s pop icon George Michael attempts to return to the musical spotlight with his new single "An Easier Affair." It sounds unexpectedly good. It is a little dated sure, but it has a nice smooth vibe to that reminds me of his work on "Patience." The track is dedicated to his female fans who didn't suspect he was gay until he came out in 1998.

With his autobiographical lyrics he tries to redeem himself from the bad press in recent months. Lyrically, the song deals with his coming out as a gay man "I told myself I was straight , but I shouldn't have worried because my maker had a better plan (. . .) But I'm dancing with the freaks now, and I'm having too much fun."

He also confronts the recent controversies head on by singing, "It's an easier affair not living my life with other people on my mind. No, got nothing to hide from anyone. Yes, I'm walking on new air. Just living my life. I don't have time for the haters."

Whether you're over George Michael or not, I think he deserves kudos for not compromising the way he talks about his sexuality. Many others should follow his lead.

Stream George Michael "An Easier Affair" [real]

June 23, 2006 in Audio Streams | Permalink | Comments (20)