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Download Cicada "Roulette" MP3 Minimix

Cicada Roulette Art work

U.K. electro-pop band Cicada has returned in Europe with their sophomore album, titled "Roulette." The group first hit the European charts in 2006 with "You Got Me Feeling" and has delivered several hit singles and artist remixes since. The group consists of  Aaron Gilbert (aka Mr. Natural), Alex Payne and Icelandic vocalist Heidrun Anna Björnsdottir (formerly of GusGus).

Compared to the smooth Balearic dancefloor vibe of their 2006 debut album, "Roulette" ups the tempo with a sound that is decidedly more pop. “Pop isn’t a dirty word,” the band says in a press release. “From Saint Etienne to Santogold, it’s possible to do it credibly, we’re not techno DJs from Berlin, we’re just trying to make an album that, if someone finds it on their shelf and plays it in five years time, they can still enjoy the songs.”

"Roulette" springs all manner of surprises on the listener. Heidrun helms most of the vocals, notably on the first single "Metropolis," a gem that comes on like Tiga’s finest electroclash given a sparkling 2009 update. The record also includes guest vocals from emerging singer Bjorn Synneby of Swedish bands Pacific! and The Whyte Seeds. She sings on the contagious "Empire Of The Sun-esque ‘Talking." Download a "Roulette" minimix to get a taste of the album.

Download Cicada "Roulette" (Minimix)

May 29, 2009 in MP3 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Watch Phoenix "Lisztomania" (Brat Pack Mashup)

I've been watching this Phoenix-Breakfast Club mash up over and over again tonight. So much fun to watch. Great tune and lots of nostalgia. Mad awesome.

May 28, 2009 in Phoenix | Permalink

Listen to Avian X "Shake The Disease" (Depeche Mode Cover)


Avian X has taken on "Shake The Disease," one of Depeche Mode's most favorite tunes. The singer is a huge fan of the band and had been thinking about covering one of the band's tracks for while. Avian X adds her distinct Russian-flavored vocals to her punchy interpretation of the flawless original. Avian X will be performing on Superfraiche on June 10. (In related news: Depeche Mode cancelled more of their European tour dates today, while Dave Gahan takes time to recover from his operation. Wishing Dave a speedy recovery!)

May 28, 2009 in ArjanWrites Presents Superfraiche Pop Showcase @ Canal Room | Permalink | Comments (3)

"Nelly Furtado's Favorite Fashionistas"


Superfraiche performers Fritz Helder & The Phantoms are featured in the latest issue of Out Magazine. Can't wait to introduce them and see them play live on June 10. Click here to see the entire article.  (A thank you to Ben for the heads up.)

May 28, 2009 in ArjanWrites Presents Superfraiche Pop Showcase @ Canal Room | Permalink | Comments (0)

Listen to Livvi Franc "Now That I'm Bitch" (Sam Sparro Remix)


Livvi Franc is superfraiche. I first wrote about this Barbados beauty back in April when I posted the excellent Discotech remix of her first single "Now That I'm Bitch." Electro-soul man Sam Sparro has gotten his hands on this hot new jam and has turned itno a buzzing club stomper. Brilliant. (thanks to @musicboxmix for the heads up)

Listen to Livvi Franc "Now That I'm Bitch" (Sam Sparro Remix)

May 27, 2009 in Sam Sparro | Permalink