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Yes indeed, it is less than a week until the Leeds and Reading Festivals kick off. The New Sound. will be attending the Leeds Festival and we cannot wait! From Friday to Sunday, hundreds of good bands will be playing the festival, including a handful of really awesome ones like Rage Against The Machine, Bloc Party and Queens of the Stone Age, to name a few.

Of course, for Leeds attendees, the music starts a day early with a handful of bands from the superb Leeds-based record label Dance To The Radio playing, including the brilliant Grammatics. Last year Dance To The Radio brought the likes of now-defunct Shut Your Eyes And You’ll Burst Into Flames, Sky Larkin and Grammatics to support ¡Forward, Russia! and they were all superb (except The Wallbirds who were really boring).

If you’re going to Leeds (or Reading), have a great time! I know we will!

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“One Day As A Lion is both a warning delivered and a promise kept.”

If you haven’t already heard, One Day As A Lion is Zach de la Rocha of Rage Against The Machine‘s side project, accompanied by former The Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore. The terribly-talented twosome recently posted their first track on MySpace. Wild International sees trademark de la Rocha vocals over Theodore’s drums and some brutal-sounding synths laid down by de la Rocha. It’s damn good and there’s an EP on the way! Rumours of an album from de la Rocha under a different guise have been around since the last millenium, but finally we might have something a bit better than the stuff he did with DJ Shadow. Then maybe a new Rage album?

The New Sound. Dance Special! Oh Em Gee kids! Let’s get the glitter-ball rolling with…

Danger

Like fellow Frenchmen Justice, Danger have a very dark, frenetic sound to their music, but occasionally complement it with lovely happy-sounding vocals to give it an extra layer of interest. Their EP simply titled 09/14/2007 is the best dance record I’ve heard since the earlier mentioned Justice brought out the album that had a cross symbol for a name, that I will not take the effort to recreate here.

Keeping with the symplistic theme, the track names on 09/14/2007 are all times, like 11h30 and 14h54 for example. You can also find their remix of Estelle‘s American Boy on their myspace.

Funnily enough, 09/14/2007 was released in 2007 and can be found on iTunes.

MP3: Danger – 11h30

SebastiAn

Looks like France is where it’s at for dance music right now. SebastiAn is another french maestro and single Ross Ross Ross is impossible to ignore. Also on iTunes, the Ross Ross Ross EP also features the equally impressive track Walkman. Just to demonstrate how amazing this guy is, Daft Punk (also French dontcha know) picked him to support them on the Alive 2007 Tour, and those helmet-wearing chaps know a bit about dance music. He’s signed to Ed Banger Records (Justice, Mr Oizo, Dj Mehdi) and has also dipped his dipper into the world of remixes, remixing the likes of Daft Punk, Bloc Party, Editors, Klaxons and Rage Against The Machine. I dare say this man has some mad skillz.

MP3: SebastiAn – Ross Ross Ross

MP3: Bloc Party – I Still Remember (SebastiAn Remix)

MP3: Rage Against The Machine – Killing In The Name (SebastiAn Remix)

Crystal Castles

Another remix-friendly dance outfit are Toronto, Canada’s Crystal Castles, they’ve remixed Bloc Party (the most remixed band in the world?) Klaxons and GoodBooks amongst others and their own music ain’t bad either. Imagine if your iPod mated with your old Gameboy. Those 8-bit musical children would be Crystal Castles. Head over to their myspace here to see what I mean. Ten points for anyone who recognises the Death From Above 1979 sample in Untrust Us.

autoKratz

These guys are on Kitsune Records – good sign. They have toured with Does It Offend You, Yeah? – good sign. They’re another two-person setup, like Crystal Castles, but they have a very different style. Less like the soundtrack to Pokemon Red, more like the soundtrack to a night out in London’s dirtiest electro clubs, which is probably where you’re most likely to find them. Pardon Garcon was on the 5th Kitune Compilation, and it’s not to be missed.

MP3: autoKratz – Pardon Garcon

MSTRKRFT

More cerial remixers here. Former Death From Above 1979 bassist Jesse F. Keller’s side-project-now-full-time-project with former DFA1979 producer Al-P, MSTRKRFT have not only remixed everyone from Death From Above 1979 themselves to Bloc Party (twice, surpise surprise) Wolfmother, Metric, The Gossip, Juliette and The Licks, The Kills, Justice, New Young Pony Club, All Saints (yes…) and even Kylie Minogue, all with amazing results, but their debut albumThe Looks was brilliant too. These guys have to be heard to be believed. Truly awesome, especially when you factor in that they like a bit of cow bell too…

That about wraps up our dance special, but don’t forget to pick up an empeethree partybag on your way out.

MP3: MSTRKRFT – Paris vs. Music Sounds Better With You (Live)

MP3: Bloc Party – Two More Years (MSTRKRFT Remix)

MP3: Justice – D.A.N.C.E. (MSTRKRFT Remix)

MP3: Kylie Minogue – Wow (MSTRKRFT Remix)

Enjoy. Dance. The New Sound. x