Bandplanet Awards 2012

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We couldn’t wave goodbye to 2012 without acknowledging the huge reservoir of talent that we have on Bandplanet. So welcome to the inaugural edition of the Bandplanet Awards, dedicated to highlighting the best and brightest of the Bandplanet community. It was a tough call to choose just a few of the many, many brilliant Bandplanet artists and musicians, but after much blood, sweat and tears we’ve finally come up with a list we feel proud of. See the complete list of winners after the jump: Continue reading

Band of the Month: illeist collective

Miro, Silas, and René of illeist collective.

Swiss/Swedish group illeist collective (Silas Bieri, Miro Rutscho, and René Flückiger) has defied genre expectations since their first album Electrees, an inventive mix of jazz, electronica, chill-out and drum’n’bass, was released in 2010. Now with their current album, Monkey Dope, they have unleashed a dark and gritty piece of atmospheric electro trip-rock, complete with an inspired visual concept that elevates the album into the realm of genuine art. Musical purists at heart, Monkey Dope is chock full of lovingly produced, vintage analogue sounds, which is a perfect reflection of the trio’s attitude and ethos toward their music and the band itself.

We recently sat down with Miro and René over beers, bratwurst and iced tea to talk about Kuschelrock, free downloads, their secret pop sympathies, and digital vs. analogue recording.

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