HELLA COMET - Music Alliance Pact 12/2013

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Once again, we bring to you the most interesting new tracks from around the world in one free digital mixtape called Music Alliance Pact, curated by international music bloggers and publications with an eye on their local scenes. This month, the spotlight is on HELLA COMET.

Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the full 27-track compilation through Ge.tt here.

AUSTRIA: Walzerkönig 
Hella Comet  Tinker Boat (MP3) 
The post-punk sound of four-piece Hella Comet calls for Sonic Youth comparisons, although their freshly-released second album Wild Honey, from which Tinker Boat is taken, is not afraid of pop either. Hella Comet were selected as one of 18 bands to represent this year’s focus country Austria at Europe’s most important music festival/conference Eurosonic.

Listen to our playlist on Spotify or find all tracks after the jump:

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ROBOTRA - Music Alliance Pact 11/2013

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Once again, we bring to you the most interesting new tracks from around the world in one free digital mixtape called Music Alliance Pact, curated by international music bloggers and publications with an eye on their local scenes. This month, the spotlight is on ROBOTRA.

Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the full 27-track compilation through Ge.tt here.

AUSTRIA: Walzerkönig 
Robotra  Morninglight 2 (MP3) 
Don’t let the noisy, distorted lo-fi shell of Robotra songs trick you. This three-piece band from Graz and their pop melodies will catch your attention and make you want to sing along immediately. Morninglight 2 is taken from their full-length debut Tinker, which was mixed and mastered by Wolfgang Möstl (Mile Me Deaf, Sex Jams, Killed By 9V Batteries).

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AMERE MEANDER - Music Alliance Pact 10/2013

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Once again, we bring to you the most interesting new tracks from around the world in one free digital mixtape called Music Alliance Pact, curated by international music bloggers and publications with an eye on their local scenes. This month, the spotlight is on AMERE MEANDER.

Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the full 29-track compilation through Ge.tt here.

AUSTRIA: Walzerkönig 
Amere Meander  Something I Am Not (MP3) 
Three kindergarten friends form a band and make pop music. Viennese Amere Meander appeared out of nowhere with songs that are sometimes dreamy and sweet, sometimes mysterious and noisy, drawing inspiration from anything from shoegaze to Fleetwood Mac. Always catchy but never unpredictable, Something I Am Not is taken from their debut album To Lead Astray.

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BEACH GIRLS AND THE MONSTER - Music Alliance Pact 09/2013

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Once again, we bring to you the most interesting new tracks from around the world in one free digital mixtape called Music Alliance Pact, curated by international music bloggers and publications with an eye on their local scenes. This month, the spotlight is on BEACH GIRLS AND THE MONSTER.

Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the full 29-track compilation through Ge.tt here.

AUSTRIA: Walzerkönig 
Beach Girls And The Monster  I Go Surfing (MP3) 
This band draws their inspiration from American surf rock of the 1960s. Accordingly, their rendition of The Beach Boys’ Kokomo suits them so very well, not only because of the obvious band name correlation, but also because it blends perfectly into their own sounds. The aptly titled I Go Surfing is the first song of their four-track 7” EP of the same name that was released earlier this year.

Listen to our playlist on Spotify or find all tracks, including one by 65daysofstatic, after the jump:

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MAUR DUE & LICHTER - Music Alliance Pact 08/2013

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Once again, we bring to you the most interesting new tracks from around the world in one free digital mixtape called Music Alliance Pact, curated by international music bloggers and publications with an eye on their local scenes. This month, the spotlight is on MAUR DUE & LICHTER.

Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the full 30-track compilation through Ge.tt here.

AUSTRIA: Walzerkönig 
Maur Due & Lichter  Faces (MP3) 
Much like Klangkarussell’s über-hit Sonnentanz, hugely successful in German-speaking countries and the Netherlands, fellow Austrians Maur Due & Lichter produce light, loungy and summery electronic music that works equally well in clubs, hotel pools and urban beach bars. This Night Was Meant To Stay, from which Faces is taken, is a concept album portraying a night out in Vienna.

September 27: DE, Hamburg, Reeperbahn Festival

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DAWA - Music Alliance Pact 07/2013

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Once again, we bring to you the most interesting new tracks from around the world in one free digital mixtape called Music Alliance Pact, curated by international music bloggers and publications with an eye on their local scenes. This month, the spotlight is on DAWA.

Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the full 29-track compilation through Ge.tt here.

AUSTRIA: Walzerkönig 
Dawa  Some Things Are Different (MP3) 
Singer John Dawa and the band that formed around him stand for honest and unpretentious folk music. Two voices, a cello, a cajón and an acoustic guitar are all the ingredients they need. Their frequent live performances with a hippie touch (flower garlands on mic stands, that sort of thing) have earned them a constantly growing fanbase. Some Things Are Different is the opener of their full-length debut This Should Work.

July 20: AT, Greifenstein, Home Is Where The Art Is Festival
July 28: AT, Wien, Popfest
August 19: AT, Wien, B72
August 20: AT, Salzburg, Rockhouse
September 28: DE, Hamburg, Reeperbahnfestival

Listen to our playlist on Spotify or find all tracks after the jump:

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THE UNUSED WORD - Music Alliance Pact 06/2013

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Once again, we bring to you the most interesting new tracks from around the world in one free digital mixtape called Music Alliance Pact, curated by international music bloggers and publications with an eye on their local scenes. This month, the spotlight is on THE UNUSED WORD.

Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the full 34-track compilation through Ge.tt here.

AUSTRIA: Walzerkönig 
The Unused Word  Heaven (Testa Remix) (MP3) 
Much like the recent 4AD signing SOHN, Anna aka The Unused Word is not only working and living in Vienna, but also has her finger on the pulse with her soulful mixture of hip hop and new school electronica. Heaven is taken from her debut EP ∞ (Infinity). The version here is a remix by her labelmate DJ Testa.

June 15: AT, St. Pölten, Sonnenparkfest 2013

Listen to our playlist on Spotify or find all tracks, including Elektra Zagreb, Nouveau Vélo, Playground Noise and Poétique Électronique, after the jump:

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FIJUKA - Music Alliance Pact 05/2013

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Once again, we bring to you the most interesting new tracks from around the world in one free digital mixtape called Music Alliance Pact, curated by international music bloggers and publications with an eye on their local scenes. This month, the spotlight is on FIJUKA.

Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the full 36-track compilation through Ge.tt here.

AUSTRIA: Walzerkönig 
Fijuka  Behave (From Now On) (MP3) 
First a drum machine, then a Billie Jean-style bassline and finally synthscapes that embed the voice of Fijuka’s Ankathie singing one of the weirdest declarations of love we have ever heard. Fijuka stands for DIY pop with an art school touch. Watch the music video for some Rhönrad wheel action.

May 17: AT, St. Pölten, Freiraum (Kling Klang)
May 31: DE, Munich, Strom
June 1: DE, Munich, Milla Live Club
June 18: AT, Vienna, Flex w/ The Veils

Listen to our playlist on Spotify or find all tracks after the jump:

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FRANCIS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - Music Alliance Pact 04/13

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Once again, we bring to you the most interesting new tracks from around the world in one free digital mixtape called Music Alliance Pact, curated by international music bloggers and publications with an eye on their local scenes. This month, we are super excited to be featuring FRANCIS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT!

Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the full 37-track compilation through Ge.tt here.

AUSTRIA: Walzerkönig 
Francis International Airport  The Right Ones (MP3) 
It is no overstatement to say that Francis International Airport are Austria’s most relevant band with an international appeal. With their 2010 album In The Woods, they took the local indie community by storm and made quite an impression at festivals such as Eurosonic and Primavera. Three years later, additional e-drums and synths contribute to the more electronic sound of its equally great successor Cache. 

May 3: CZ, Brno, Kabinet Múz
May 14: AT, Wien, WUK
May 16: AT, 
Graz, PPC
May 
17: AT, Linz, Posthof
May 
22: DE, Leipzig, Werk 2… and many more

This month, we recommend Canada’s Lake Names, Qva Libre from Cuba, Alkaloides from Ecuador, England’s Tiny Dancer, Black Lizard from Finland (does every psychedelic band have the word “black” in their band name?), The Clever Square (is that a Flatland reference?) from Italy, Russia’s On-The-Go, Turkey’s Sami Baha, and Radical Dads from the US. Listen to our MAP playlist on Spotify or find all 37 tracks after the jump:

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KIDCAT LO-FI - Music Alliance Pact 03/2013

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Once again, we bring to you the most interesting new tracks from around the world in one free digital mixtape called Music Alliance Pact, curated by international music bloggers and publications with an eye on their local scenes. For the third edition of 2013, we are featuring KIDCAT LO-FI.

Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the full 40-track compilation through Ge.tt here.

AUSTRIA: Walzerkönig 
Kidcat Lo-Fi  Life Sucks (MP3) 
A singer-songwriter with a feminist tendency, Kidcat Lo-Fi’s songs range from love to hate and from protest to irony. Her self-titled debut album - out in April - is consciously kept raw and will feature songs called I Will Not Marry Or Reproduce and I Want To Be A Cat. Don’t we all?

April 9: AT, Wien, Rhiz (Album Release Show)
May 27: AT, Wien, B72
June 15: AT, Wien, Pop Up Circus im Neruda

This month, we welcome Cuba to the Music Alliance Pact! We especially recommend Canadian singer/songwriter folk for the winter/spring transition season by Eagle Lake Owls and the Ecuadorian Munn (Warpaint meets Smoke City’s Underwater Love). Listen to our selection on Spotify or find all 40 tracks after the jump:

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SEX JAMS - Music Alliance Pact 02/2013

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Once again, we bring to you the most interesting new tracks from around the world in one free digital mixtape called Music Alliance Pact, curated by international music bloggers and publications with an eye on their local scenes. For the second edition of 2013, we are featuring SEX JAMS.

Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the full 39-track compilation through Ge.tt here.

AUSTRIA: Walzerkönig
Sex Jams  Shark vs Apple (MP3)
The alternate girl/boy singing on Shark Vs Apple and its saucy, playful lyrics make it an instant favourite. Basically, the first single from the new Sex Jams album Trouble, Honey is what Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta would have sounded like had Grease been a noise-rock musical. Half of Sex Jams also play in May 2012’s MAP band and this year’s Eurosonic favourites Mile Me Deaf.

March 8: AT, St. Pölten, Cinema Paradiso (+ Mile Me Deaf)
March 15: AT, Wien, Gartenbaukino (Release Party)
March 16: AT, Linz, Kapu (+ Mile Me Deaf)
April 25: DE, Berlin, Schokoladen (+ Mile Me Deaf)
April 30: DE, Dresden, Ost-Pol (+ Mile Me Deaf)

This month, we welcome back India and Estonia to the MAP! Find all 39 tracks after the jump:

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NOWHERE TRAIN - Music Alliance Pact 01/2013

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Once again, we bring to you the most interesting new tracks from around the world in one free digital mixtape called Music Alliance Pact, curated by international music bloggers and publications with an eye on their local scenes. For the first edition of 2013, we are featuring NOWHERE TRAIN (who we interviewed a few weeks ago, WATCH HERE).

Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the full 35-track compilation through Ge.tt here.

AUSTRIA: Walzerkönig
Nowhere TrainAshes (MP3)
Nowhere Train is a project of seven folk musicians from different bands. After a train tour through the country and a documentary about it, the supergroup’s first album, aptly named Station, recently saw the light of day. It was featured on national television and Austria’s most popular website. Ashes, a song about a perfect moment, was written on tour by globetrotter Ian Fisher (Missouri/Berlin).

This month’s other highlights include a Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin side project and other gems. Find all tracks after the jump:

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CLARA LUZIA - Music Alliance Pact 12/2012

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Once again, we bring to you the most interesting new tracks from around the world in one free digital mixtape called Music Alliance Pact, curated by international music bloggers and publications with an eye on their local scenes. For the last edition of 2012, we are featuring CLARA LUZIA.

Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the full 39-track compilation through Ge.tt here.

AUSTRIA: Walzerkönig
Clara LuziaMorning Light (MP3)
Morning Light contains some of my favourite lyrics: “We held hands and cried until the morning light”. Isn’t the idea of sharing one’s sadness with someone else just such a beautiful thought? After four successful records in Austria, singer-songwriter Clara Luzia recently released her international debut album The Range, a compilation of songs from her previous albums.

March 6: AT, Wien, WUK - Album Release Show
March 8: AT, Linz, Posthof
March 9: AT, Klagenfurt, Kamot
March 14: AT, St. Pölten, Cinema Paradiso
March 15: AT, Graz, PPC 

This month’s other highlights include the next anthem for the underage indie disco by Swiss Lips (confusingly, from the UK) and the Sin Fang / Seabear side project Pojke (Iceland). Find all tracks after the jump:

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MAURACHER - Music Alliance Pact 11/2012

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Once again, we bring to you the most interesting new tracks from around the world in one free digital mixtape called Music Alliance Pact, curated by international music bloggers and publications with an eye on their local scenes. For the 50th edition, we and our fellow MAP members bring to you lots of exclusive tracks, including Austria’s MAURACHER.

Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the full 40-track compilation through Ge.tt here.

AUSTRIA: Walzerkönig
MauracherOuter Space Dancer (MP3)
Outer Space Dancer is the first single from the new, fourth Mauracher album Super Seven, out now on Fabrique Records. For this album, Tyrolean electronic musician Hubert Mauracher has teamed up with singer Sonia Sawoff (of Sawoff Shotgun). Together, they create synth-filled dream-pop with ethereal lyrics such as, “When I close my eyes, I stop thinking”.

November 16: AT, Innsbruck, Treibhaus
November 17: AT, Dornbirn, Spielboden
January 18: AT, Wels, Schlachthof
January 19: AT, Salzburg, Arge

This month’s other highlights include an exclusive rework by Germany’s Touchy Mob, Waves Vienna 2012 artist DZA (Russia), and tracks produced by members of The Strokes and Tortoise. Find all tracks below:

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B. FLEISCHMANN - MUSIC ALLIANCE PACT 10/2012

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Once again, we bring to you the most interesting new tracks from around the world in one free digital mixtape called Music Alliance Pact, curated by international music bloggers and publications with an eye on their local scenes, this month with Austria’s electronica veteran B. FLEISCHMANN. 

Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the whole 39-track compilation through Ge.tt here.

AUSTRIA: Walzerkönig
B. FleischmannI’m Not Ready For The Grave Yet (MP3)
Working in a bookshop and on various musical projects as well as composing scores for TV series, electronica veteran Bernhard Fleischmann is a busy bee. On his new album I’m Not Ready For The Grave Yet, he uses his own voice for the first time instead of inviting guest singers. Occasionally he also adds film snippets, such as in the album’s title track.

October 18: DE, Stuttgart, Kimtimjim

This month’s MAP also features Sweden’s Thus:Owls, Kamp! from Poland (which you may have seen play Waves Vienna earlier this month), a hate anthem for the indie disco by France’s Total Warr, and hyperactive Lar Kaye from Ireland. Find all tracks after the jump:

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