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Introducing: Kate Boy

With their glacial electro-pop sound and enigmatic visuals, Stockholm-based trio Kate Boy are perhaps the most likely contenders to vacate the position left by The Knife’s disbanding last November. In fact, the group’s debut 2012 E.P., Northern Lights, shared such a similar musical DNA to Karin and Olof’s output that rumors began to surface that the now defunct duo were in fact responsible for its weird, warped and wonderful sound. […]


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Pop Rewind: Pet Shop Boys “West End Girls”

Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, collectively known as new wave electro-pop duo Pet Shop Boys, had been generating interest in the club scene for several years before their breakout single “West End Girls” catapulted them to international fame. In fact, the version of the song most of us have heard wasn’t the first time it was released as a single. Tennant and Lowe had previously met noted electro-music producer Bobby […]


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Tove Lo “Queen of the Clouds” – Album Review

Universal (2014)

The latest chanteuse to emerge from the hotbed of electro-pop that is Scandinavia, Tove Lo has managed to stand out from the crowd by positioning herself as the kind of wild child you might be a little reluctant to take home to mum–a reputation which will only continue to grow with her debut album, Queen of the Clouds. The Stockholm singer is currently riding high in the U.S. Top 20 […]


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GusGus “Mexico” – Album Review

Kompakt (2014)

Continuing to tone down the weirdness of their early 4AD days, ever-changing Icelandic collective GusGus are following up 2011’s Arabian Horse with another relatively conventional electro-pop affair, Mexico. Their ninth studio effort still contains the odd unsettling moment – the ghostly pitch-shifted vocal which duets with the beautifully ethereal tones of Urour Hakonardottir on the lush deep house of “Another Life,” the industrial ambience which opens the pulsing “Not The […]


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Frankmusik “By Nicole” – Album Review

Hailed as the great big electro-pop hope towards the end of the last decade, Vincent Frank, aka London one-man pop machine Frankmusik, then lost his way spectacularly with a hopelessly generic second album which saw him jump on the “fun in the club” bandwagon in a bid to crack the US, only to watch it barely crawl past the 2000 sales mark. A recent unexpected collaboration with legendary drag queen […]


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Up-and-Comers: Woman’s Hour

Here’s a band you’re likely to hear a lot more from in the coming months. A four-piece electro-pop act based in London, Woman’s Hour is just now coming on the radar, but they’ve already made best-of lists on publications like BBC6 Music and Line of Best Fit for last year’s tunes “Darkest Place” and “Thunder,” as well as an impressive cover of Leona Lewis’ “Bleeding Love.” Their just-released new single […]


Priscilla Ahn

The MIMO Interview: Priscilla Ahn

Since her early days playing open mics around New York City clubs in the mid-2000s, singer-songwriter Priscilla Ahn has become something of a staple in the indie music scene. Her warm, folksy style has landed her tour slots with the likes of Joshua Radin, Ray LaMontagne, DeVotchKa and even Willie Nelson, and her songs have become regular fare on prime-time shows like Grey’s Anatomy and motion pictures like My Sister’s […]


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Lorde Proves Her Staying Power on Debut “Pure Heroine”

Universal Music NZ, Ltd. (2013)

From outward appearances, the sudden worldwide success of New Zealand teen-songstress Ella Yellich-O’Connor (nee, Lorde) seems like an anomaly. After all, she’s not a Disney child actress-turned-pop-star like Selena Gomez (or a Disney child actress-turned-slut like Miley Cyrus); nor is she a used-up-and-spit-out femme fatale persona like Lana Del Rey. Look at a picture of her; nothing about her says bigger-than-life. She comes across as just about as normal a […]


Capital Cities

The MIMO Interview: Capital Cities

A couple of years ago, few people had ever heard of electro-pop act Capital Cities. They started off as most indie bands do, with an EP, a single, and a lot of hope. As it turned out, that single, “Safe and Sound,” topped the Modern Rock charts in 2011, attracting the attention of Capitol Records, who signed the act in 2012. “Safe and Sound” got another big push with a […]


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Introducing: MØ

Spearheaded by the likes of Robyn, Lykke Li and Annie, the Scandinavian electro-pop scene has so far been almost entirely occupied by the Swedes. But following in the footsteps of Oh Land, Odense-born Karen Marie Ørsted, aka MØ, is the latest starlet to suggest the tide is now turning in Denmark’s favour. Indeed, with her highly intelligent and eclectic mix of avant-garde pop, melodic folk-soul and electro R&B, the 24-year-old […]


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Marnie “Crystal World” – Album Review

Self-released/PledgeMusic (2013)

Co-producing with bandmate Daniel Hunt and featuring several numbers originally written with her day job in mind, Ladytron lead vocalist Helen Marnie doesn’t appear too concerned about making any giant leaps with her solo debut album, Crystal World. Indeed, recorded amongst the beautiful glacial landscapes of Reykjavik, the majority of the album’s ten tracks possess a similarly Arctic quality to the Anglo-Bulgarian quartet’s bewitching brand of austere synth-pop. Lead single […]


The Naked and Famous In Rolling Waves

The Naked and Famous Release “Hearts Like Ours” Single, Video

Sophomore album “In Rolling Waves” due out September 16

I don’t know about you, but I was completely hooked the first time I heard “Young Blood” by The Naked and Famous on the radio. Their unique blend of electro-pop with post-punk revival (combined with Alisa Xayalith’s passionate vocals, especially) just scratched an itch in my psyche. I couldn’t get enough of that song. A lot has happened since this New Zealand act released that single. Their debut album Passive […]


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3OH!3 “Omens” – Album Review

Atlantic (2013)

Renowned for indulging in the kind of hedonistic electro that makes LMFAO appear shy and retiring bookworms, eternal fratboys 3OH!3 recently announced they were going back-to-basics for their fourth studio album, Omens. Apart from the absence of any star names a la Katy Perry and Ke$ha, it’s hard to see exactly what the Colorado duo were referring to as the follow-up to 2010’s Streets Of Gold is just as dumb, […]


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Demi Lovato, “Demi”, and Stories Of Success

Hollywood Records (2013)

These days, it seems the term “serious popstar” is a bit of an oxymoron. In many cases, today’s popstars are either so twee and bubble-gummy that it makes your gums hurt to listen to them, or their personal lives are so filled with self-inflicted drama that it’s impossible to take them seriously. Disney-TV-sweetheart-turned-talent-show-judge Demi Lovato could very easily have found herself in either of these two gutters: groomed for stardom […]


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Coachella Highlights 2013: The Postal Service

Rarely does a band side project gather such a loyal following that their only album gets a 10-year anniversary celebration in conjunction with a reunion tour of said side project. Yet such is the case with The Postal Service, the electro-pop side project of Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard and producer Jimmy Tamborello (of Dntel and Headset), and their celebrated platinum-selling 2003 album Give Up. Due to the […]


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