morceau du jour: DNKL – Battles

by poule on September 1, 2014

dnklSeptember is here! And this week, from Wednesday 3rd to Friday 5th, the lovely love birds of Nordic by Nature and Our/Berlin play host to their very own Our/Berlin Music Week as part of Berlin Music Week. Three days, filled with cold beverages, excellent catering, and of course loads of musical cherries waiting to be picked. One of the more than fifteen bands that are going to play are Göteborg's DNKL - dark electronic sort spheric pop. Intense.

DNKL are playing Thursday at 8, just after old vagabond Dinner. Also look forward to Adna, Sandra Kolstad, Henrik José and really only the finest of what Scandinavia has to offer. Our/Berlin Music Week starts Wednesday at 3 at Oberhafenkantine.

Connect on facebook, listen to the entire line-up here.

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suddenly_sameblodSwedish ensemble Sameblod spent the summer in the nature of the North, lounging, levitating, reaching out to some of the finest names on both sides of the Atlantic for their upcoming remix EP. Team Poule now is proud to premiere this one: Suddenly getting the treatment by British prof rockers Is Tropical - a multi-layered synth dream ride, a clash of the swoony titans . With remixes it's always astonishing that you can hear the distinct Sameblod sound right through, while at the same time also clearly having the Is Tropical vibes. Like a best of both worlds. Great remix.

And there are more! The Suddenly Remixes EP will be out 29 August on Stockholm Sommarhjärta label, with remixes by About Girls, Summer Heart, Teeel and Brothertiger. Snag it.

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MS Dockville 2014 – The Debrief

by poule on August 20, 2014

Dockville_1Dockville - you were really cold this year. And rainy. And yet, and YET with arguably one of the deepest line-ups in years, you were absolutely amazing. The little Hamburgers of this city have rocked the rain away, and you know that you gotta twist a move to shake that crawling cold off. The atmosphere really has been especially great this year.

MS Dockville marks the end of an art-packed month around the festival area on the island Wilhelmsburg, only a few minutes from the city centre. During the month leading up to the festival from mid-July, all forms of art are equally celebrated during MS Artville, Lüttville, Kunstcamp, Butterland Open Air and Vogelball: there a sculptures, paintings, photos, handicrafts and everything you can imagine really. A lot of electronic music under the starry skies too. From a travelling point of view, this is the time to visit this fair city of Hamburg.

And this is precisely what makes MS Dockville so fun. The nature of the festival area - with trees and crickets at night on one side and the Elbe river and harbour industry on the other - and the traces of the numerous art installations of the weeks before. And then there is the music. No less that eight stages and oh my, this year saw SOHN, Flume, Jagwar Ma, Cashmere Cat, Kaytranada (attached above), Dream Koala and oh so many more great artists playing wonderful sets despite the not very festival like meteorological conditions. [Who cares though..]

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MS Dockville 2014: Glass Animals

by poule on August 13, 2014

glass_animalsEeeek - MS Dockville is almost here! One definitely NOT to miss is British team Glass Animals. The lads might be already quite exciting on a record - but give them a stage to perform their recordings on and oh my it's on a whole other level. For sure one you should put down in your little calendars, they are playing Maschinenraum on Saturday, 17h40.

Attached below is Gooey off their latest EP. Their debut album is out too! Woohoo!

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Way Out West 2014 – The Debrief

by poule on August 12, 2014

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Team Poule spent the past weekend in Sweden, enjoying some of the finest music under the sunny Göteborg skies: buckets of roses, disgusted audiences and Swedes losing control - Way Out West had it all. And really, if you ever look for an excuse to make a trip up the Western Swedish coast line, this is the time to do it. Göteborg is a very nice city, second biggest after Stockholm, and the countryside - oh my: beaches like the Mediterranean and I even saw some proper palm trees. No shit. The festival itself however is held in the Slottskogen park in the heart of the city of Göteborg and even includes a small zoo with very polite penguins and seals. This year's head liners included some rather big names like Röyksopp & Robyn, Outkast, Mos Def slash Yasiin Bey, The National and Swedish legend Veronica Maggio.

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MS Dockville 2014: Jungle

by poule on August 11, 2014

Probably one of the most-hyped names this year: Jungle. The ensemble built up quite a bit of online buzz and followed up with a rather great album. Now they are off playing as many festivals as is humanly possible this summer and correctly they chose to play Hamburg on their way. Not only that, they will also be back in Germany in November playing on four dates - so get the taste at Dockville and reminisce about that feeling in a hot night club in fresh November. They will be playing Großschot on Friday 17.20

Attached above is - following their tradition of awesome videos - their latest offering Time. Also to be found on their debut album Jungle which is out on XL. They will be playing Hamburg 15 Nov at Grünspan, Berlin's Postbahnhof 17 Nov, and finishing off in Munich and Düsseldorf.

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MS Dockville 2014: Dream Koala

by poule on August 10, 2014

dream koalaIt's that time of the year again. The loving green island of Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg is playing host to one of the finest reasons to pay this great city a visit: MS Dockville opens it doors 15-17 August. And this year a whole range of planets seem to be in line, not only has this summer been absolutely hot and sizzling and fingers crossed it can carry on a bit more, no this year's line-up is packeddd with very exciting names. While sort of lacking the uber-big head liner, it feels like this year, Dockville has one of the deepest line-ups ever: Flume, Sohn, Ry X, Cashmere Cat, Breton, Sun Glitters.. Mac De Marco, Kakkamaddafakka, Mø, Milky Chance, Chet Faker, it really is a brilliant range of exciting names on this years timetable.

Also on the rather long list of great things waiting to happen is Dream Koala, french dream pop legend and self-proclaimed post j-pop artist. He will be playing one of the last gigs at Klüse stage on Sunday night 23.15 - with a stellar view on the harbour. Attached below is the great track Earth of his new EP.

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Way Out West 2014: Zhala

by poule on August 6, 2014

zhala_1Way Out West is drawing closer and one of the many great and talented Swedish names on the line-up is Stockholm's Zhala. Heavy electronic beats, driving hooks and the typical lightness of Swedish pop music. Cosmic pop. Ice cold. She will be one not to miss in Göteborg this week. Attached below is the intense single Prophet off her debut EP which is out on Konichiwa Recordings - Robyn's label. Hit that.

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