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sine2SINE is a music project created by Thomas Hauser. Having released two albums, one EP, numerous remixes and being part of several high-class chillout/electronic compilations SINE belongs to the most active and established artists of his genre. Both albums "RUHEPOL" and "TIEFBLAU" reached top positions in various download- and CD charts. Further SINE's music is played in well-known radiostations all over the world that are focussing on chillout and electronic music.

The musical career of Thomas Hauser started in his early childhood. He had several years of accordion lessons and later switched to keyboard. He didn't want to focus on keyboard instruments only though which made him pick up the guitar, learning it all by himself.

He played in many different bands of different styles of music, e.g. pop, indie, punk, grunge and much more. Nevertheless he now and then needed time for himself to calm down and relax all by himself in the studio. That was the first slight hint of his future project SINE.

In 1997 he and his brother Jochen Hauser founded the production company COSMIC SOUND having their own studio and being music publisher. Many CDs of many different genres have been recorded and published there. Thomas Hauser also worked on other chillout projects which have been released on various labels. By now Thomas Hauser can look back on over 300 releases.

Ane_BrunAne Brun is a songwriter, guitarist and vocalist originally from Norway. Since 2000 she has lived in Stockholm, Sweden, where she started her own independent record label DetErMine Records together with The Tiny's leadsinger Ellekari Larsson in 2002.

Her debut album "Spending time with Morgan" was the first to be released on their label, and it got great reviews and was released all over Europe in 2003. It was nominated in the Swedish Independent music awards Manifest 2003.

Her second album "A Temporary Dive" was released in Europe, the US and in Japan. The album got wonderful reviews all over the world, and it gave her a Norwegian Grammy for best Female Artist 2005. She was nominated as best Norwegian Act on European MTV Music Awards 2005, best Norwegian song of the century (Norwegian National Radio) and best Swedish Female Pop Artist at the Grammis.

In November 2005 she released "Duets" which is an album consisting of 10 duets with 10 wonderful artists.

The last few years Ane Brun has been touring all over the world. After a tour with the DMF String Quintet, Staffan Johansson and Nina Kinert around Scandinavia in 2006, she released her first live album "Live in Scandinavia", winter 2007. The album is a collection of the songs from Ane's 3 three albums, but this time dressed up in new arrangements for strings.

Ane's fifth album, and third studio album, "Changing of the Seasons" will be released in 2008. The album is produced by Valgeir Sigurdsson (Bjˆrk, M˙m, Bonnie Prince Billy, Coco Rosie, Maps, and more).

For the pick of the week we were sent a copy of the track "Don't Leave" and it was remixed by Thor who works closely with the artist Afterlife.

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Zero 7 has released their fourth studio album called 'Yeah Ghost'.

From the United Kingdom, the downtempo styled musical duo is comprised of Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker with some new additions to the original lineup and special guest vocalists such as Sia and José González.

Enjoy a taste from Zero 7’s new album, the rhythmic single Everything Up (Zizou) featuring the soulful vocals of Eska Mtungwazi.

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jamescurdJames Curd resides in Chicago and has been Djing and making music for the last 15 years. Touring around the world he has played at some of the most respected clubs and festivals from Fabric in London to ParkLife in Australia.

Songs by Curd have been featured in an array of films and T.V. shows such as the hugely popular Greys Anatomy and C.S.I Miami. To add even more diversity to Curd's resume, Grand Theft Auto IV used his song to feature in the game and in their worldwide advertising campaign.

Of late Curd has remixed and worked with many great artist, most recently The Juan Maclean for DFA . He has also worked his magic on Cymande, PNAU for EMI, and The Dukes of Windsor for Island Records to name a few.

We Just Won't Stop is Curd's first record with DFA. He began his affiliation with DFAwhen he contacted James Murphey via email then sending songs exclusive to Murphey for his selection for the label.  We Just Won't Stop features vocals by talented singer and song writer JDub from Chicago. Over a summer weekend in the DFA studios Curd went to NY to mix and perfect the track with Murphey. The final product being a timeless hip house disco dancefloor jam!

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shine_terry_reidFor their new project, the French band SHINE invites a legendary voice of British rock: Terry Reid. "SHINE featuring Terry Reid" (3 track EP).  Terry Reid became a legend after his electrifying performances at the Isle of Wight (1970) and Glastonbury (1971) festivals. A few lucky fans still remember him playing alongside the Rolling Stones, Cream, Santana, Fleetwood Mac, Alan White, Mick Taylor, Mitch Mitchell...


A night of July 2008, Guillaume Simon comes across the Glastonbury Fayre documentary film. Bewitched by Terry Reid's feats, he sets to search for him and eventually traces him at the frontiers of the Mojave Desert. Once contact is established, the two quickly get along very well. A demo of Mind Dance wins over Terry and persuades him to fly again across the Atlantic.

On June 9, 2009, Terry Reid arrives in Paris. The SHINE welcome him in their studio, a basement in the Menilmontant neighbourhood. Originally scheduled for one week, the recording session with a terrific Reid only takes two days!

On August 26, SHINE and Terry Reid meet again, this time in London for a glowing live première of 'SHINE featuring Terry Reid' at the Pigalle Club.

Shine-feat-TerryReid-EP"A collaboration between French trip-hop band SHINE and 60/70's rock Icon Terry Reid may sound, to some, like pairing oysters with Jack Daniels, but hey, don't knock it until you've tried it we say. An outstanding live performance of the songs on this EP was the highlight of The Winelight Club's summer and the finished article of those songs recorded back in June are simply sublime. Here are two artists who should be massive in their own right, as a team they are mind blowing" – Tony K. of The Winelight Club (UK)

SHINE released their first album The Common Station in 2008. The band attracted attention by their supporting acts for Sia in London and for Morcheeba during their latest European tour. SHINE's music has since gained a worldwide audience (BBC, TV show Ugly Betty, compilations in the USA, in Europe and in Asia). They are currently working on their second LP expected early 2010.

Check out the photo sessions with Shine and Terry Reid.  Photos

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