Santessa is the UK's best kept secret. Her debut album DELIRIUM, produced by Stuart Matthewman, (Sade, Maxwell, Sweetback) released through Sony UK in 2000, was critically acclaimed across the board. It has gone on to become a highly sought after collectors item worldwide. Born on the Isle of Man, but without a drop of Manx blood; Her mother is half English, half Ghanaian, and her father hails from Ireland.
An easy-listening trip-hopster similar in style and intent to his countrymen Air and Dimitri from Paris, Kid Loco has an even stronger kinship with the long tradition of French pop characterized by Serge Gainsbourg. Otherwise known as Jean-Yves Prieur, he began playing the guitar at the age of 13 and played in several French punk groups during the early '80s. He moved on to production as well by the end of the decade, and moved on to reggae and hip-hop with a band named Mega Reefer Scratch.
Pikelet is a band from Melbourne, initially just the name for solo artist Evelyn Morris (Baseball, True Radical Miracle), who begun playing music in indie and hardcore bands as a drummer and vocalist. After leaving these bands, she started overlapping acoustic guitar, piano accordion, voice and alternative percussion techniques with a looping pedal, and created a handmade demo CD, 'Chair + Lamp', unofficially released in mid-2006, followed by another self-released EP, entitled...
They sound like a swarm of very unhappy bumblebees and a mad old analogue computer having a fight with a drummer. Don't worry, it's just an experiment, and one you can dance to too! The Mushi's machine-gun electronic sound avoids any categorisation, but we'll try anyway: they are the missing link between Client and Devo, between Fugazi and the Chemical Brothers, between Man Or Astroman? and Add N to (X). It really shouldn't work but it does. Go figure.
In 2005 as one half of electro-pop duo Howdi, Meme caught the attentions of Rob Da Bank (Radio One/Sunday Best) who booked the band to play shows at Glastonbury and Bestival that year. Meme then joined Freeform Five (Perspex Recordings), playing synths whilst also performing as a cellist with Phildel. She has collaborated with many more artists including Riton, and features on his latest album, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Modular).
Califone is a critically-acclaimed experimental folk band from Chicago. The band is named after Califone International, a long-standing manufacturer of audio equipment commonly found in schools, libraries and businesses. Califone is the musical project of former Red Red Meat frontman Tim Rutili. Its regular and rotating contributors include many former members of Red Red Meat and some members of other Chicago bands, such as Tortoise.
Tribal Tech is a progressive fusion band, originally formed in 1984 by guitarist Scott Henderson and bass player Gary Willis. The band includes Scott Kinsey on keyboard and Kirk Covington on drums, and has produced nine CDs that stretch the borders between blues, jazz, and rock. The band is widely regarded for the prodigious talents of its individual members and for its importance to the modern fusion music scene, but has informally dissolved following the release of 2000's Rocket Science, with the various members pursuing solo careers.
Death metal band with various influences formed in 2001 in Bressuire, France. Their first album, Through the Absurd, produced by Gojira's Joe Duplantier, was released in 2004. In February 2006 they released their second album, Alchemik Clockwork Of Disorder which is more groovy, jazzy and melodic than their previous debut album. http://www.myspace.com/trepal
There are 6 artists with the name Asura.  Ambient Trance project by Charles Farewell
 Los Angeles based IDM/Hip-Hop producer Ryan York (who also releases under his own name)
 A German black metal band.
 An Indian death/black metal band.
 An Italian symphonic black/gothic metal band.
 An Ukrainian raw black metal/ambient band.  France-based Asura (ambient trance, signed to Ultimae Records):