Monday 1 November 2010

Champagne Riot - New Waves @ Breaking More Waves

Sexy electro-pop. We love it. Especially if there’s something a little bit camp and bubblegum in its construction. And this is exactly what Danish duo Champagne Riot do. They make mocha sweet but ever so slightly downbeat sugar rich songs from the same stall as The Sound of Arrows and The Pet Shop Boys “from a damp basement in the violent concrete ghetto of Copenhagen.” Not that their sound is at all damp, violent or anyway as tough as concrete. In fact when we first heard their music we envisaged Caspar Bock and Anders Reuter - who are Champagne Riot - in a neon lit studio lined from wall to wall with computers, cotton wool and scantily clad beauties in gold underwear.

But enough of our sordid fantasies, instead here’s some hard facts. Champagne Riot will be releasing a four track EP in the UK very soon, and it’s rather lovely if you like shimmering gold dust electronica. They are also due to play as part of the Nordic Music Export gig in London on 18th November alongside the equally excellent Niki & The Dove from Sweden and Lara Runars from Iceland. It happens at the Lexington, a venue we always enjoy attending when we head away from our cosy south coast abode. Some other facts are that Champagne Riot used just to be a solo project but is now very much a duo, all of their Top 8 friends on Myspace are called Ingrid and that they would actually rather come from Sweden or Iceland than Denmark. Let’s just hope that they know really it’s not about where you’re from, but where you’re at.

Here are three of the songs from the EP for your streaming pleasure – Moonstruck, Heart Stab and Goldrush.

01 Moonstruck by Champagne Riot

02 Heart Stab by Champagne Riot

03 Goldrush by Champagne Riot

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