Alex Due

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VIMES are from Cologne. I came across their music about two years ago. Their song “UpStairs” made it onto my portable music player and stayed in the playlists for a long time.

Now they’re about their song “Celestial” on Humming Records/Rough Trade. Release date is September 30. Can’t wait.

The German House/Disco/Electro band recently posted a remix on the SoundCloud page which you can download for free. Just hit the download link in the SoundCloud widget below.

“I’m On Vacation” is a track from their last album “Our Disco Is Louder Than Yours”. There’s a 5 minute mix of all the tracks from the album on SoundCloud. It’s one of my favourite albums at the moment.

I totally love their style. On September 23 CHVRCHES are going to release their debut album The Bones of What You Believe. I can’t wait to hold it in my hands.

Until then, here’s an amazing remix they did for MS MR:

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My last post is more than ten months old and I’ve been pretty busy. Unfortunately not with music primarily although I have started producing a lot of tracks.

At the end of September of last year I moved back from Canada to Braunschweig and it takes – as you can imagine – a lot of time to get settled, arrange the new flat, adapt to the new tasks at work and so on. What’s more, I’ve joined the team of C3S, the Cultural Commons Collecting Society which is currently being founded in Germany. As the name suggests it’s a collecting society whose task it will be to collect royalties for artists. It is supposed to be up-to-date with technology and society. Something you can’t really say about the currently established collecting societies in Germany. So this is going to be an alternative, a new option for artists who are living the new life, who are constantly looking for new possibilities to distribute their work and get compensation.

Pretty soon the C3S is going to start a fund raising to gain the capital needed for the foundation process. The beginning of this process was the release of the C3S Ignition Mix which is a compilation of free tracks from C3S’s supporting artists. The piece I chipped in is “LXDU – Into The Void” which is already more than six years old. Although it hasn’t gather a lot of attention on the internet so far, I thought it might fit into the mix as electronic music was far from dominating the styles.

My favourite track is “ZOE.LEELA – IAMARMX”. I mentioned Zoe.Leela’s EP “Queendome Come” about three years ago when she published it under Creative Commons licenses. Strobotone, who’s debut album “Flashback Forward” was pretty neat, also put two of his songs onto the mix.

Check it out: C3S Ignition Mix

Long time no see …

You have to listen to this. I really like it. Mazemirror is an electro-pop band from Cologne and I love them since I found their song “NGBA” (Never Gonna Back Again) about a year ago on SoundCloud. A few months later they posted a preview of their new song “Elle” and it was so catchy that I couldn’t wait to hear the finished track. Two weeks ago they put “Elle” onto SoundCloud and I’ve been listing to it a lot since then. Their website even says that the debut album will be released in 2012. I can’t wait!

Now, a few hours ago Mazemirror posted the link to the video clip on their Facebook page:

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Another Creative Commons licensed photograph from Flickr which I’m going to use as a cover. This work by Quinn Dombrowski has the same title as my forthcoming piano piece. It is licensed under CC-BY-SA and so is my modification. I just removed some of the writing and changed coloring and contrast a little.

I’m a big fan of Moby. Yesterday he put his new album “Destroyedcompletely to SoundCloud. It will be published on May 16. I really love it, should have a listen.

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The new Lykke Li video is just awesome. You have to watch it! And if you like the song, maybe you’d want to listen to the whole album at SoundCloud. I love her it.

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Lykke Li – Sadness is a Blessing (Director Tarik Saleh) from Lykke Li on Vimeo