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The charming and legendary Summer Heart dropped a new album 101 last month and with it the banging single Follow. The new video then picks up the songs story of expectations and following your dreams, wrapped in warm riffs and balearic beats. It also neatly serves as a reminder that team Summer Heart is taking the album to the US this week, with shows scheduled for New York on Wednesday 18th, and Los Angeles on Monday 23rd. Team Poule says, get behind that.

Berlin-based duo Bonnie Li returns with a brand new video for their handily titled single We Should Go To Sleep As The Birds Are Singing that came out earlier this year, a hypnotic twist of dark industrial electronic music. The single is out now on Sweden's great Icons Creating Evil Art, with Bonnie Li currently finalizing the work on Plane-Crash, their 5-track EP, which will be out in early November with a debut album penciled for 2018.

The story of the track itself dates back to their days in Paris, and long walks back home after nights in the studio, as Bonnie puts it: "I walked back home and I was dazed by the tranquility of the morning, and birds started singing. It is a love song."

The new visuals then, tell the story of parasitizing ghosts of the past, the ghost of "trying to make things right for everyone all the time. When I was composing this song, it became clear to me that I had to stop staying attached to all those things that were in the end out of my reach, and poisoning my life.", says Bonnie, and "I think that madness can be something beautiful in which you can find inner peace.” There you have it, a mad track really, and a Poule d'Or exclusive. Team Poule says, smooth.

Team photo above by Kiril Bikov.

The majority of the former power station Bille site is currently unused, decommissioned architecture, and in an transformation process. Music and art festival Hallo Festspiele are part of the process, from October 4-7 and 13-14. More than 40 artists will be invited to develop concerts, performances, DJ sets, sound installations and audio-visuals with a focus on the audible perception of the imposing premises. Among others, Booty Carrell, David Helbich & Konrad Sprenger, Gabriel Ferrandini, Perera Elsewhere, Kara-Lis Coverdale, Puce Mary, and many others are scheduled.

Highlights include Ellen Fullman. [click to continue…]

Hamburg's Reeperbahn Festival claimed back its territory for the past four days, Sept 20-23. The historic Reeperbahn road with its clubs and stages has long become not much more than a facade to entertain groups of tourists - preferably on Segways - but during Reeperbahn Festival the music (industry) takes back the streets, where the Beatles played first. [click to continue…]

Hamburg's own Love-Songs dropped a dark ball of Kraut electronic delight last week in the form of a new album, id. Coming in at 7 songs and a runtime of 47 minutes, the album elegantly dives in between vast electronic spheres, mechanic drums, and distant words and vocals, creating an industrial, almost binary rhythm of back and forth. Still, underneath it all lies a bright beam of light, a white rope of optimism cutting the darkness in half. 47 minutes of almost hypnotic beauty, words, drums and synth in perfect poetry.

Thursday, Sep 28th, will see them take the stages at Hamburg's Frappant in celebration of their new album. Team Poule says, round and round they go.

Reeperbahn Festival 2017: Agar Agar

Reeperbahn Festival takes over Hamburg's district of St. Pauli this week for four days of music, art, workshops and panels. More than 1.000 events are scheduled for September 20 - 23, and among the over 500 concerts a whole platoon of gems have hidden themselves.

Among them is French duo Agar Agar, who really know what they're doing, playing an energetic spin of electro pop that has an irresistible 80s vibe going on and the air of the streets of Paris written all over it. The two of them will be playing Häkken on Thursday at 22h20. Their Cardon EP is out now on Cracki Records and the brilliant Prettiest Virgin - which sports almost half a million plays by now - is attached below, Team Poule says, right on the spot.