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<3 Miike Snow

Who is Miike Snow? There are so many remixes of them by big names such as Crookers and DJ Mehdi and, them remixing the likes of Vampire Weekend and Peter, Bjorn & John. But who is this Miike Snow that appeared out of nowhere. He is not a singular person but a trio of pop music gurus, Swedish musicians Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg formed Miike Snow with American Andrew Wyatt in 2007. Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg who also go by the moniker “Bloodshy & Avant” a Grammy award winning duo most notable for a little tune they wrote for a Miss Britney Spears called “Toxic” as well as working with Kylie Minogue and Jennifer Lopez. Andrew Wyatt is the in house producer at Downtown Records also the front man of Fires of Rome. In my opinion Miike Snow is a more polished and perfected version of Passion Pit, I mean look at their resume as songwriters, they are quite the seasoned musical veterans. I love the album and it definitely will be part of my Summer ’09 Soundtrack.

I love the Crookers remix of this track but this version of “Animal” is part Paul Simon and Peter Gabriel with some indietastic elements of Vampire Weekend. A chilled out summer tune.
Miike Snow – Animal

I fell in love with this tune after first listen, “Silvia” is a sentimental tearjerker of a tune, perfectly constructed and engineered to move your heart. Miike Snow understands that every great band has to have a song with a girl’s name in it. A salute to “Roxanne”, “Alison”, “Michelle”, and “Peg”.
Miike Snow – Silvia

Tour Dates after the jump!
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Cazals in NYC

Photo by Faith Ann Young

Cazals made their 2nd US appearance this past Thursday 11.6.08 in NYC at Hiro Ballroom with their label mates Fires of Rome. The:Hours Showcase was fantastic. Fires of Rome opened up the night and had the crowd going. Cazals came on and were super tight and left quite an impression on the crowd even though they were missing their keyboardist, once again. I was most impressed with how bombastically badass Warren the drummer is in keeping the band together. The entire rhythm section was super tight and are able to stop on a dime. Highlights of the set were “Both Sides” and “New Boy In Town”.

I hung out with boys after the show and headed to the Beatrice Inn where Luca spun a fantastic Italo Disco set. He dropped tracks like Azoto’s “San Salvador”, New Order’s “Blue Monday”, Chic’s “I Want Your Love” and of course Rick James’ “Super Freak” along with other amazing tracks from circa ’77 to ’81.
Azoto – San Salvador

Friday night Luca spun a heavy techno/fidget house set at The Annex where he apparently killed it.

Saturday night I met up with the guys and took Daniel and Luca around downtown NYC. I then met up with the rest of the guys at Le Poisson Rouge where Luca spun a great set including Federico Franchi’s “Cream” and SebastiAn’s “Motor”. We all then headed over to The Annex where Luca stepped up to the decks once again to close out the night with some electro bangers. He opened with Soulwax’s remix of Phantom Pt II which got the crowds attention. He dropped tracks like Boys Noize remix of Cuy Copy, Tiga’s remix of The Human League, Lifelike’s remix of “Somebody, Somewhere” and once again the amazing “Super Freak” by Rick James.

All the guys in Cazals and The:Hours, along with all their friends are super down to earth, chill people who all genuinely love music. They are all musical encyclopedias. Thanks to everyone at The:Hours, The Annex and the gentlemen in Cazals for showing me an awesome time. Expect a lot of great stuff from The:Hours and Cazals in the near future. Cheers 🙂

Nicky Digital x Cazals

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The:Hours Showcase – 11.6.2008

The:Hours Showcase – Facebook Invite

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The:Hours Present Cazals & Fires Of Rome Live in NYC – 11.6.2008

Different and interesting remix by M83, very minimalist and of course very 80s. Checkout other remixes of Fires of Rome by Don Rimini, Dada Life & others on their myspace.
Fires Of Rome – Set in Stone (M83 Remix)
The:Hours – Music Is Luxury

Cazals make their return to America to take part of the The:Hours showcase at Hiro Ballroom. I shall be there cheering on my British mates 🙂

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