Caught in the Net: This is hardcore from Discodeine

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Near the end of last year, the French electro duo Discodeine (see what they did there?) knocked out a slinky track pairing Jarvis Cocker's vocals – in breathy/desperate/sleazy mode – with some minimal beats and addictive synth hooks.

The song, "Synchronize", was released on the DFA label in December. Last week, a video for the song arrived: it's a seedy affair that looks strikingly like a spin-off from the John Currin/Peter Saville artwork for Pulp's post-Britpop comedown album This Is Hardcore. See it at, though watching it in the workplace might depend on how liberal your office is.

They're not ideal wedding singers

Sex Beet sounds a bit like the name of a racy wedding band, but this London based trio is rather more trashy than cheesy, and might not be all that welcome at your average wedding. The garage-rock

group are currently working on their debut album. Last week, posted a fine cover the band has recorded of Sonic Youth's "Dirty Boots", with drawled vocals and suitably trashy and lo-fi surf guitars – they're all the rage at the moment. Hear it at giWSHH. There's more of their music to be found at myspace. com/sexbeet and sexbeet. It's a little derivative, perhaps, but there are some good sounds in there.

Time to welcome Lower Dens

For a large part of last year, I ignored Baltimore art-rockers Lower Dens for the shallow reasons that I didn't like their name or the artwork for their July released LP, Twin-Hand Movement. I was wrong. The record is great; full of interesting textures, beautiful guitar noises and understated vocals from Jana Hunter. I atone now by flagging up a new 7" single release coming from the band next week. It features two tracks, "Batman" and "Dear Betty Baby", and can be downloaded at from 18 January. The songs, which emerged from the same sessions as last year's album, are also streaming on Soundcloud at

Hot off the wire

Those fine experimental folks at The Wire magazine have alerted me to some mysterious music from a UK group going by the catchy name Pye Corner Audio. On the magazine's website they posted two tracks by the group at; one of which, "Electronic Rhythm Number Three", is particularly majestic – a pulsing yet spare burst of ambient electro. The group have an album out – featuring the aforementioned tracks – called Black Mill Tapes Volume 1: Avant Shards, which can be found on their Bandcamp page,, and downloaded for the princely sum of £4.99.