Hometown: Atlanta / Athens, GA / Asheville, NC
Why They Matter: Their playful electro-pop channels MGMT's debut-album psychedelic-yet-ready-for-the-masses sheen, and their rambunctious antics recall the Black Lips' punk bravado.
You Should Know: Producer Ben Allen, who made Gnarls Barkley go "Crazy," and who helped Matt & Kim find their inner R&B stars on last year's Sidewalks, has similarly influenced Reptar, making their tweaky jams more accessible.
LISTEN: Reptar, "Stuck in My ID"
In 1978, Kraftwerk released The Man-Machine, an album that openly explored the intersection of humanity and technology. Nearly 40 years later, that examination is still underway, and the electronic-music community can’t seem to decide whether or not humanity’s ever-increasing dependence on technology is a good thing. Matrixxman a.k.a. Charles McCloud Duff is the latest artist… More »