A Hamilton, Ontario-based electronic pop group, Junior Boys began as a duo with its duties split between Jeremy Greenspan and Johnny Dark. Influenced by a number of music sectors %u2014 including arty synth pop, minimal techno, U.K. garage, and contemporary hip-hop %u2014 they made a demo with no positive results. Dark opted to leave the group, but former Warp employee Nick Kilroy eventually heard the songs and became interested enough to begin his KIN label with Junior Boys as its first artist. Engineer Matt Didemus joined Greenspan, and together they recorded enough material for a full-length. Prior to the 2004 release of the resulting album, titled Last Exit, a pair of 12" singles were released %u2014 one included a remix from Fennesz, while the other featured a remix from Manitoba (now Caribou). Three months after Last Exit's initial U.K. release, Domino picked up the album for distribution in the U.S. The Domino version added a bonus disc with B-sides and remixes from the 12" releases. The relatively slick So This Is Goodbye followed in 2006. The single "In The Morning" was featured in an iTunes commercial in 2007. On July 10, 2007, Junior Boys second album was revealed as being on the shortlist for the 2007 Polaris Music Prize. They did not ultimately win the prize. In September 2008, Morgan Geist's album "Double Night Time" was released with five songs performed by Jeremy Greenspan. On April 7, 2009, the duo released their third full length album, Begone Dull Care on Domino records.
thun/der/heist (th%u0259n\d%u0259r\h%u012Bst): The act of stealing another's thunder, to trump another with something far more superior Tag team Thunderheist - front woman Isis and soundsmith Grahm Zilla - drop from the top rope and hit the stage, over and over again. Sinuous swagger seeps from Zilla's ominous basslines, while digi-horns blast the senses like homecoming marching bands and Moroder bears witness. Clutching the mic like a sceptre, African daughter Isis laces joints with lyrical angel dust, rich vocal foreplay brimming with braggadocio forte. You could be among thousands in a stadium, or intimate at your local bar... either way, if you're in the front row, expect to get wet. Thunderheist sweats Belvedere and Red Bull, and sprays more hooks than a heavyweight championship bout. Who knew that an accidental MP3 upload would have birthed a phenomenon. Never having met in person, but electronically connected through common musical friends, Grahm and Isis began Thunderheist as a project to throw a wrench into static hip hop conventions and explore their love for the dancefloor. The results have become their narrative of contemporary music, doubtlessly drawing on established musical codes, but also venturing into uncharted waters. Thunderheist are far more than an electrorap act grounded in hip hop, bass, and electro, but are also entrenched in disco, funk and R&B, altogether crafting a new definition of future pop music. A frequent flyer of the blogosphere with a rabid fanbase and increasing press steam, Thunderheist is gaining worldwide viral popularity. The band has toured regularly since their Eurythmics-inspired 'Suenos Dulces' hit the blogs in early 2007 and catapulted them into the underground club music limelight. Thunderheist have shared stages with Crystal Castles, The Black Ghosts, Plastic Little, Boy 8 Bit, XXXchange, and more, headlining three VICE tours (Sweden, US and Germany), playing major music festivals in Canada & US (SXSW, CMJ 07, VFest, Pop Montreal, Hillside) and performing regularly across North America & Europe. The epic ballad, "Jerk It" came to life in a 'cocktease' of a top quality video directed by Seattle-based ThatGo, winners of a fan-video contest that's garnered attention from dozens of blogs, tons of press mentions, NME.com coining them 'Toronto's shit-hot electro duo" and Pitchfork & Spin.com picks in Top Music Videos of 2008 lists. With the debut album ready to drop on Big Dada in Spring 09, it's going to get even more hectic. Thunderheist is gaining speed and bandwidth, one byte / second, and heading straight for tera status. Get ready for it.
Filthy Dukes are an 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. They have been influenced by contemporaries such as Hot Chip, Simian Mobile Disco, Soulwax, and by older bands such as Can, Tangerine Dream and Roxy Music. Filthy Dukes produce all their music on the mixing desk originally built by the producer and Krautrock legend Conny Plank. They released their debut single Tupac Robot Club Rock in November 2008. The track features rappers Plastic Little and remixes by Oliver $, L-VIS 1990, and Plastic Little. The Filthy Dukes debut album is entitled 'Nonsense In The Dark' and was released on the 16th March 2009. It was preceded by the single This Rhythm on the 9th March 2009. The album showcases Filthy Dukes%u2019 unique, analogue electro-indie-kraut-pop. A host of great artists also lend guest vocals to the album including Samuel Dust (Late of the Pier), Orlando Weeks (The Maccabees), Brandon Curtis (Secret Machines), Tommy Sparks, frYars, Plastic Little, Foreign Islands, To My Boy, and Mauro Remiddi (Sunny Day Sets Fire). Filthy Dukes are in-demand remixers with recent commissions for Late Of The Pier, Bloc Party, White Lies, Kevin Rudolf, Operahouse, Heloise & The Savoir Faire, The Rakes, Temper Trap and Vagabond. Full details of their live shows and for further information please go to, [url=http://www.filthydukes.com nofollow=yes]www.filthydukes.com[/url]
Some welcome news in a season that could certainly use some: Circlesquare is back. Circlesquare is Vancouver, British Columbia's Jeremy Shaw, now living in Berlin. Don't be surprised, though, if he doesn't sound like any of his citymates: for the length of his career, Circlesquare has never sounded quite like anyone but Circlesquare. Last heard from over two years ago, Circlesquare set hearts racing with a set of records released between 1999 and 2006 on Trevor Jackson's Output label, home to a diverse roster of electronic outsiders like Black Strobe, DK7, and Colder. His 2003 album Pre-Earthquake Anthem came as a revelation: rather than the fluo-funk of his better known labelmates, or the digitized minimalism of the day, Circlesquare came on like a molasses drip laced with Codeine, roping in such unlikely references as Tones on Tail, Leonard Cohen, Pole, Angelo Badalamenti, and even Cat Stevens. Boomkat called it "dense, considered stuff mixing up a brooding and pounding melancholy, bass-fuelled sensory exploration, and purest minimal electronic meltdown." 2006's Fight Sounds EP was even stranger. It moved like snails set on fire, dousing steel guitar in acid sequences and warped keyboard riffing, all overlaid with Jeremy's intimate, ominous voice.