The Swiss – Bubble Bath

There are a few reasons I wanted to write about this band.

The Swiss - Bubble Bath EP (2010)

1. The Song – It’s an electro-disco party track, with a great title

2. The Nationality – They’re Australian. I love Australia. And Australians.

3. The Photo – I think it’s a great photo. I didn’t take it, Sarah did.

4. The Keyboard player – The band DJ’d at the Tonic party mid-June and the dude sat on the couch in front of the decks, hitting his board every now and then to produce the crazy electronics you hear below.

I think that’s enough reasons.

The Swiss – Bubble Bath

The band are signed to Modular, are from Adelaide, Australia (where every new character on Neighbours was from back in the day. As opposed to Perth, which is where they went to after a stint on Ramsey Street), and their Bubble Bath EP was released in February.

Simian Mobile Disco – Cruel Intentions

This track just has an infectious eighties disco feel that makes me smile over and over again – I’ve known about Audacity of Huge for a while, but only came across this one earlier this year on mflow.

Simian Mobile Disco – Cruel Intentions

Simian Mobile Disco - Temporary Pleasure (2009)

It’s got a great synth hook, a release-inducing chorus with the lyrics “Finally! The weight is off my shoulders…” and…definitely a summer party track – but this time some electro-disco to balance out the recent bout of hip-hop.

The song was on the 2009 album, Temporary Pleasure, which was followed up with Extra Temporary (not Extra Pleasure as it says on the last.fm page!) in March of this year, I think only as an mp3 download album over here.

A bit disappointed when I found out I just missed them supporting Hot Chip at Brixton Academy – was there the night before when it was Casio Kids…

Maybe Field Day

Lindstrom and Christabelle – Lovesick

The song came up on my iTunes the other day – dropped in from the Poptarts Suck Toasted blog – and I’m loving the swagger.

In my head it’s a lazy Hustle track, a song that’s fully deserving of a slow-step choreographed dance routine – oversized indoor shades, flares and open-collar shirts with a couple of buttons open from the top an absolute must.

Lindstrom & Christabelle - Real Life Is No Cool

Lindstrøm and Christabelle – Lovesick

The duo are Norwegian disco-funk creator Hans-Peter Lindstrøm and vocalist Christabelle “Solale” Sandoo and the track is from their album Real Life Is No Cool released on Smalltown Supersound last month.

It’s definitely another “Yes – I am the s**t” track – cf Nextmen – but less of an “I just did something cool”, more of an “I’m cool because I am” … and you can hear it in the vibe.

The difference is possibly subtle, but still a difference… :)

The Phenomenal Handclap Band – Testimony

I had intended to make this an American teen high-school rock week but forgot and posted about The Nextmen on Monday and then came across this when I was looking at TPHB’s MySpace to see if they’re coming back over here any time soon (they aren’t) so it’ll have to wait.

The Phenomenal Handclap Band x2

The Phenomenal Handclap Band x2

The Phenomenal Handclap Band – Testimony

I’d always thought this band was electro party music…and sometimes they are – 15 to 20, You’ll Disappear, very catchy electro disco-pop – but they also have a more soulful side. This track, along with Baby, is a perfect example.

Low-fi, atmospheric, spaced out and a little bit retro – sixties-style psychedelic guitar riffs slowed to a down-tempo stroll.

The track is featured on their self-titled 2009 release, The Phenomenal Handclap Band, which is available to stream in full on we7.

Feist – Inside and Out

Feist - Let It Die (Import)

Feist - Let It Die (Import)

Bit cheeky of me as I only heard this for the first time yesterday but I’ve listened to it a few times on the trot and can see it featuring high up in my iPod ‘most played’ list if we look at it in a couple of months…

Feist – Inside and Out

Recommendation from a mate who shall at this point remain nameless. I know I’ve already posted a couple of Leslie Feist creations/collaborations (see here and here – although the second one, I wasn’t aware it was her until aforementioned mate pointed it out) but I can’t get over her voice. It’s velvety but also sultry and soulful and the crack in it at times makes it all the more appealing – perfection from imperfection.

I think it’s a cover of an old BeeGees 70s Disco track – ‘Love You Inside Out’ – it’s available on spotify but wasn’t able to find an online stream.

The track features on the 2005 release, ‘Let It Die’ along with ‘Mushaboom’, which is gong on my amazon wishlist.