2009 Music A-Z: C For Camera Obscura

The C of 2008 tastes like more Glaswegian chamber pop. Camera Obscura have been signed by 4AD and, judging by the heralding title track of their fourth album, “My Maudlin Career”, it could be one of the pop sensations of they year.

KID CUDI- Day N Night (Crookers remix)

Several remixers turn recording artists will have a share in putting the C of 2008. Italian electro hipsters Crookers, fresh from producing Kid Cudi’s smash “Day N Night” and releasing the “Mad Skillzs EP” are giving the finishing touches to their debut album. So hip that they have even been called to inject some life into the flaccid new single by U2, “Get On Your Boots”. The Count & Sinden, after several dance smashes and the “Hardcore Girls EP” will return with more sonic ammunition, for the moment being the duo is on a mixtape giveaway spree on their myspace page (including remixes by Lil Wayne, Bloc Party, Skream, Chase & Status, Tinchy Stryder….).

CFCF-Crystal Mines

In the US, electromeisters CFCF are consolidating their name as a producing power force, recently giving a slick touch to the forthcoming “Official Girl” single by Cassie feat. the ubiquitous Lil Wayne. UK DJ Counterpart Calvin Harris will return to conquer the summer dance floors. His trace-ish first single “I’m not alone” will hit the airwaves in April.


The Hip-Hop world counts with a promising new voice, Charles Hamilton. On his website there’s also plenty of free mixtape downloads for you to check on his skills. Veterans such as Clipse will be delivering new odes to the white stuff later on the year and in the most leftfield grounds of the genre, Cage is returning to test his indie-rap with his new album “Depart from me.”


The UK indie world will bring the first work by female act Cockandbullkid, showing a healthy mix of trendy influences. Whereas the US mourns the loss of Touch N Go records, their latest discovery, progsters Crystal Antlers, will close their catalogue in April with the release of “Tentacles.” And veterans Jason Lowenstein from Sebadoh and Fiery Furnace Bob D’Amico will join forces in their new adventure Circle Of Buzzards.


And talking about up and coming genres Cumbia fever is back with a vengeance, as one of the sources of the much maligned reggaeton and derivative styles, merged with dancehall and electro. In Europe Samin’s club anthem “Hater” last summer was the first transatlantic sample of the new trend, generated in Buenos Aires and Oakland by the label Bersa Discos and its Daleduro and Oro 11 DJ’s, igniting what looks like the next big thing, with the ears of Brooklyn’s trend-setters currently wide open. Daleduro was responsible for the club classic “Bombon Asesino” downloadable here. A few more mixtapes and blogs are helping its expansive wave.

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