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Even in the urban wilds of Brooklyn, there may be no one else like Jean-Philip Grobler, aka St. Lucia. Originally from Johannesberg, St. Lucia grew up performing with the Drakensberg Boys Choir School. When the choir wasn't traveling - they toured Japan, Australia, Europe and more - they stayed in an enclave tucked in the South African mountains, learning everything from Bach to minimalist opera. A young musician could hardly find better training. But musically, St Lucia's heart lay elsewhere, and South Africa was full of other rhythms. "My mom says I used to sing along to Michael Jackson," he says - an ordinary anecdote, until he adds, "when I was an infant." As a young teenager, he started to feel that he'd had his fill of classical, and it felt like an epiphany when he discovered the direct emotionality of pop. Eventually, he left the creative "small pond" of South Africa for England, where he spent three years studying music in Liverpool. St. Lucia's journey ended - as so many journeys do - in New York City, where he started working on the tracks that would ultimately turn into his self titled debut release on Neon Gold. The atmospheric quality of St. Lucia's electronic pop is powerful, with the musician's global travels and history of secret hideaways effortlessly passed onto the audience through his dreamy, shimmering synths. Neon Gold will release St Lucia's debut album later this year. Formerly a singles-only label that launched releases Passion Pit, Ellie Goulding, The Naked & Famous and helped launch the careers of countless others.
French/Finnish duo The Dø – aka Olivia Merilahti and Dan Levy. New album 'Both Ways Open Jaws' out now. After spending two years honing their craft, the band released debut album ‘A Mouthful’ in 2008, which saw them land the prized no.1 album spot in France. Hot on the heels of this celebrated release, French born, half-Finnish Olivia and French born Dan embarked on an international tour, filling venues in cities from LA to Istanbul, Australia to Paris and gaining an impenetrable cult following in the process. Shortly after, they holed up alone in their Paris studio and began work on second album, ‘Both Ways Open Jaws’, which is to be released in the UK on November 14th. Inspiration for this album was pooled from an array of disparate sources; minimalist trailblazer Steve Reich, The Dead Weather and surrealist Japanese cinema all had a profound effect on the record’s genesis and long, contemplative walks in the woods helped the pair to gain clarity and perspective.
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