Zowie — Broken Machine

Vocodered or Autotuned vocals from Zowie, remixed by Pete Wiggs from Saint Etienne. Her flat delivery style works well in this song, which made me think of Kraftwerk, the Ting Tings, Depeche Mode, and any number of J-Pop singers. Zowie is from my hometown of Auckland, New Zealand, and I like her accent in this… Read more »

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Zoe Keating — Zinc

Cellist Zoe Keating’s strings-based “remix” of Terry Riley’s classic “In C” is fantastic. The Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble invited a number of artists to remix their performance of this minimalist piece. They released the results on a CD called In C Remixed. In the case of this track, I don’t know how… Read more »

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Halcali — Roman Hiko

Wow. A sweetly melodic ska(!) song from Halcali. Their voices are upfront, with no trace of autotune, and they suit the peppy backing track nicely.

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pal@pop — Zipper & Yasashii Kimochi

pal@pop’s Zipper is a lovely lightweight synth pop texture, sprinkled with piano, chugging along under a gentle female vocal. The singing is by Makino Yui, who uses the classic J-pop nasal little-girl voice. The verses have a fast two-note melody and the chorus is lovely and simple. Quietly uplifting. Yasashii Kimochi is very slightly tougher,… Read more »

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