Julia Shammas Holter is a classically-trained keytarist from Echo Park. After infiltrating Human Ear Music headquarters dressed as an intern, she wrote and recorded her own release on the label. Her music is witty, surreal and optimistic. She plays without sarcasm in the terrains that divide sentimentality, passion, and control. Her songs are written instinctively, and treated with an off-kilter fastidiousness, working orchestral variety from minimal instrumentation.
Filthy Dukes are an alternative electronic band from London, UK. Filthy Dukes were originally the duo, Olly Dixon and Tim Lawton. For the past five years they have deejayed around the world and promoted a club night called Kill Em All at fabric in London. Olly and Tim were joined by record producer Mark Ralph in 2005. They started remixing and producing music together, and signed to Fiction records in January 2008.
Aqua is a danish-norwegian dance-pop group, best known for their 1997 breakthrough single Barbie Girl. Initially forming as Joyspeed in 1989, the band was renamed Aqua in 1994 and achieved huge success across the globe in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The group managed to top the UK Singles Chart with their first three singles. The group released two albums: Aquarium in 1997 and Aquarius in 2000, before splitting up in July 2001. The group sold an estimated 33 million albums and singles, making them the most successful Danish band ever and the second most successful Norwegian band.
Swarf is an electronic band from Brighton, Sussex. The lineup is Liz Green (vocals and lyrics), Andrew Stock (synths, programming) and Chris Kiefer (synths, programming). The band was formed in 2001 by Green and Stock, with Kiefer joining later. After a 2004 UK tour with Ultravox veteran John Foxx the band released Art, Science, Exploitation, Swarf's first and only album to date. Several tracks were produced by Marc Heal of Cubanate.
Tesla Boy is a Russian Electro/Pop/New Wave band formed in 2008 in Moscow. During 2009, they will release their first EP. The band members are Anton Sevidov (vocals and keyboards), Dima Midborn (bass and background vocals), and Boris Lifshits (drums). For more information and tour dates, see http://www.myspace.com/teslaboysound and http://teslaboy.ru/
London-born and Vienna-based musician SOHN drops The Wheel EP in November 5th, 2012 via new label Aesop.
S O H N has created a sound that blends his haunting vocal stylings with a backdrop of analogue drum machines and synths, mixing the worlds of old and new together to create a foundation for his tracks. Aside from emphasising the soulfulness of his voice, S O H N's lyrics play upon the space that exists within language, twining his vocals around the gaps between sentences, and reclaiming the importance of words.
the blueskies are Kelwen Cooke, Mike Fawcett, Darius Alexander, Lewis Porter and James Drohan. Based in Brighton, England and formed in late 2006, they make upbeat electro / pop / indie with a modern approach to a classic style.
Jack Beauregard is a two-piece indietronic band from Germany