Mira Calix, real name Chantal Passamonte, is an artist signed to Warp Records who mixes her intimate vocals with jittering beats and experimental electronic textures. Having previously worked as press officer for Warp Records she quit to concentrate on producing her own material. Her first release on Warp was the "Ilanga" 10" co-produced with Autechre. The "Pin Skeeling" single followed in 1998m notably featuring a Boards of Canada remix.
The Pineapple Thief, a progressive indie rock band from Somerset, United Kingdom, began as the musical vision of Bruce Soord. Soord started the band as an outlet for his music back in 1999. Bruce released the debut Abducting The Unicorn on Cyclops records - this created enough interest to convince Bruce that perhaps The Pineapple Thief was here to stay, quickly establishing a small but fanatical fan base. Bolstered by critical plaudits and support from fans, Bruce returned to the Dining Room studios to work on the second, and to many, the breakthrough Pineapple Thief album 137.
Rainer Veil are Liam Morley and Dan Valentine, two friends who met while studying contemporary music in the north of England. The pair began improvising and making drones in a dark basement before incorporating a broader palette and forming Rainer Veil as an ongoing concern last year. "Struck" is their first EP and debut for Modern Love, following an appearance at the label Boiler Room takeover in August 2012.
Chicago party animals, Mahjongg, originally from Columbia, MO, may be nearing the top of Chicago's 'local band' heap, but if you haven't heard of them yet it's probably because their music has made it quite difficult for locals to nail them down in a 'scene.' Mahjongg's shows are always ragers, which often leads attendees to shove (or drop) the actual musicianship from their memories - a shame since they're onto something pretty damn cool.
UNDERCOLOUR A rock/pop/experimental quintet from Manchester UK
L.A. native Henry Laufer, the 21-year-old producer better known as Shlohmo, is a lo-fi beat junkie and field-recording enthusiast, whose crackling, low-BPM compositions update Boards of Canada's filmstrip-soundtrack wooziness. An LA native, Laufer grew up listening to "stuff like DJ Shadow, Amon Tobin, M83 stuff with some sort of cinematic vision." He started making beats when he was 14, but "didn't really do it with any sort of purpose until I was like 17 or 18. That was also around the time he and his friends, already fans of Flying Lotus, discovered Low End Theory.
Spiderbait are an alternative rock band formed in 1991 in Finley, New South Wales, Australia which consists of Mark "Kram" Maher (drums, lead vocals), Janet English (bass, vocals) and Damien Whitty (guitar). They have had two top ten albums and another three albums reach the Australian top 40. Their song Buy Me A Pony was #1 on the Triple J Hottest 100 for 1996, and the group enjoyed success with their 2004 #1 Australian hit cover of Black Betty.