Montreal funk duo Chromeo is the most popular act on The Hype Machine on August 12, steadily climbing its way up the chart since August 4. Los Angeles indie rock group No Age is both in second place and new to the top ten, while current indie it-band Arcade Fire is in third.
Chromeo, an electronic funk duo made up of childhood friends P-Thugg and Dave 1, was last seen in the blogs in early July after announcing the upcoming release of Business Casual and sharing the tracks "Night by Night " and "Don't Turn the Lights On" from that album. The duo has now specified a release date - September 16 - and accompanied that announcement by a remix of "Don't Turn the Lights On" by Belgian solo project Aeroplane. Business Casual is now available for pre-order at www.chromeo.net.
No Age formed in 2005 and is known for both its DIY ethic and its ties to the Los Angeles underground music scene. The band has made two full-length studios albums, the second of which was released on Sub Pop Records, and a third, Everything in Between, is due out September 28. That album's lead single, "Glitter," is being released on a single alongside "Inflorescence," and both tracks are now making their way around the blogosphere. Weekly Tape Deck (weeklytapedeck.com) writes, "No Age as always has kept us happy with their amazingly dissonant brand of two-instrument-90s-indie rock," while The Line of Best Fit (www.thelineofbestfit.com) says, "'Glitter' sees the band embrace a more rounded, pop-spin on their scuzzy lo-fi heritage."
The 10 most blogged artists on The Hype Machine on August 12 at 10:00 PM GMT:
• Chromeo (+1)
• No Age (new)
• Arcade Fire (-2)
• Robyn (-1)
• Kanye West (re-entry)
• Ducktails (+2)
• Antony & The Johnsons (unchanged)
• How to Dress Well (+1)
• Menomena (+1)
• Andre 3000 (re-entry)
Launched in 2005, The Hype Machine aggregates information from more than 1,000 music blogs worldwide. Known for identifying up-and-coming artists, the site enables music fans to easily find out what music is hot in the blogosphere and to instantly hear and buy mp3s.