Dezeen Music Project

Dezeen Music Project: Smile Machine
by Giga Herbs

Today's glorious May weather has been soundtracked by Smile Machine, a groovy, lo-fi track by Giga Herbs, a four-piece from Staten Island, New York.

The song is taken from their debut album Mad Weird, which they've just self-released on Bandcamp.

Listen to more lo-fi tracks we've featured on Dezeen Music Project here.

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Dezeen Music Project: Fracture by Max Cooper
and Nicolas Bougaïeff

This richly textured techno track is a collaboration between British electronic producer Max Cooper and software developer Nicolas Bougaïeff, who built the controllers for techno legend Richie Hawtin's 2010 live show.

Fracture is taken from their joint EP Movements, which is Cooper's twelfth release on Cologne techno label Traum Schallplaten.

Listen to more techno tracks we've featured on Dezeen Music Project here.

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Dezeen Music Project: Where Are Your People?
by We Have Band

Here's another track by British trio We Have Band, who we discovered at the MINI Paceman Garage in Milan this year. Where Are Your People? is taken from the band's most recent album, Ternion, released last year on French label Naïve Records.

You can watch the music video for the song here.

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Dezeen Music Project: Divisive
by We Have Band

We Have Band is a UK-based electronic indie band, who played on Friday last week at the MINI Paceman Garage in Milan. Divisive is an up-beat, disco-infused song, which we used as the soundtrack for our latest video report from Milan.

The song is taken from We Have Band's debut album, WHB, which was released in 2010 on French label Naïve Records.

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Dezeen Music Project: Oyaki Panba Te
by Daniele Baldelli

Time-honoured Italian disco DJ Daniele Baldelli is on the decks tonight at the MINI Paceman Garage in Milan. If you can't make it down, this funky afro track will give you a taste of what he's all about.

We've set up our Dezeen and MINI World Tour Studio at the space. You can watch our first video report, a tour around the city with Italian architect and designer Fabio Novembre here.

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Dezeen Music Project: Old Black Madonna
by Floyd Lavine

Here's another chilled-out track by South African DJ Floyd Lavine, who we discovered at the Design Indaba Music Circuit in Cape Town.

We are using the track on the intro to the video interviews we did at the Design Indaba conference, as part of our Dezeen and MINI World Tour, including last week's interview with Richard Perez, World Design Capital programme director for Cape Town in 2014.

Listen to another great track by Lavine that we featured on Dezeen Music Project recently here.

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Dezeen Music Project: Marks of a Tear (remix)
by BLKrKRT

This is a remix of a track by Japanese artist Yu-Chi, which we featured on Dezeen Music Project back in August last year. The original track is both weird and beautiful, a quality that BLKrKRT's remix retains, while introducing a darker, more brooding intensity.

You can listen to the original track here.

The track was submitted to Dezeen Music Project by online record label Curious Absurdities. You can listen to other tracks we've featured from them here.

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Dezeen Music Project: Brides and Bees
by Floyd Lavine

Brides and Bees by South African DJ Floyd Lavine blends techno rhythms with the sounds of soul music to create a track that's smooth, laid-back and danceable all at the same time.

We used the track on our latest movie from our Dezeen and MINI World Tour, which you can watch here.

We discovered Lavine at the inaugural Design Indaba Music Circuit in Cape Town last week.

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Dezeen Music Project: Options
by Gazelle

Gazelle is another South African group that we discovered at the Design Indaba Music Circuit in Cape Town last week. As this track called Options demonstrates, Gazelle fuse traditional African music with elements from the electro, disco and synth-pop genres to create an eclectic sound that they call Lim Pop.

Make sure that you also check out the excellent track Ear Salad by South African artist DJ Kimon, which we featured in the first movie from Cape Town as part of our Dezeen and MINI World Tour.

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Dezeen Music Project: Ear Salad
by DJ Kimon

This is the track that we featured in our first movie from Design Indaba in Cape Town. It's by a young South African DJ and producer called Kimon, who played a set here in Cape Town as part of the Design Indaba Music Circuit.

You can watch the movie here.

Make sure you also check out the track we featured on Wednesday by the great Spoek Mathambo.

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Dezeen Music Project: Control
by Spoek Mathambo

Dezeen is at Design Indaba in Cape Town all this week, for the first stop on our Dezeen and MINI World Tour. For the first year at Design Indaba, there is a music festival running alongside the main conference, which is showcasing a range of exciting South African musical talents, and we'll be choosing some of our favourites to feature on Dezeen Music Project.

Spoek Mathambo will be closing the conference on Friday, which gives us the perfect excuse to feature his excellent 'township tech' cover of Joy Division's She's Lost Control.

Make sure you also check out the excellent music video for the track.

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Dezeen Music Project: Toothpaste
by Floella Grace

This is a session recorded by young British singer-songwriter Floella Grace and features nothing but a stripped-back acoustic guitar and Grace's stunning voice. The track was sent to Dezeen Music Project by Choosic, a newly formed organisation promoting music by unsigned bands and musicians.

You can listen to a studio recording of the track here, but we prefer the raw tenderness of this session version.

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Dezeen Music Project: Byrds in Heaven
by Human Machine

This track by Human Machine is a tribute to the late, great trumpet player Donald Byrd, who passed away last week. Byrds in Heaven is a gentle electronica track, which features a mournful sample of Byrd's playing.

The track was sent to us by Love Our Records, a UK-based online record label that releases a free download each week. Check them out here.

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