Mole Listening Pearls Artist Yonderboi is choosen for the Soundtrack of the successful “Need for Speed Carbon” Game from EA. The Video Games features the Junkie XL Remix of “ People Always Talk About The Weather“, just released on MCD. For this long-awaited new chapter in the top-selling franchise, EA has created an international soundtrack of 30 diverse cuts that reflect the game’s three distinct car classes; exotics, muscles and tuners. Among Yonderboi, the riff-heavy power of such bands as Kyuss, Eagles of Death Metal, UK’s Metro Riots and Australia’s Wolfmother fuels the Muscle Cars. For the game’s Japanese Tuner Cars, the soundtrack delivers a newly revitalized sub-genre of electronic music known as ‘Electro’ originally pioneered by Gary Numan and personified by such artists as UK’s Ladytron and Goldfrapp, Australia’s The Presets, Japan’s melody. and Canada’s Tiga. “EA Game Soundtrack “Need for Speed Carbon”: 1. Yonderboi – People Always Talk About The Weather (Junkie XL Remix) 2. Dynamite MC – Bounce 3. Dynamite MC – After Party 4. Eagles Of Death Metal – Don’t Speak (I Came to Make A Bang!) 5. Ekstrak feat. Know-1 – Hard Drivers 6. Every Move A Picture – Signs Of Life 7. Gary Numan/Tubeway Army – Are ‘Friends’ Electric 8. Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five – Scorpio 9. Goldfrapp – Ride A White Horse (Serge Santiago Remix) 10. Kyuss – Hurricane 11. Lady Sovereign – Luv Me Or Hate Me 12. Ladytron – Sugar (Jagz Kooner Remix) 13. Ladytron – Fighting In Built Up Areas 14. melody. – Feel The Rush (Junkie XL Remix) 15. Metro Riots – Thee Small Faces 16. Part 2 feat. Fallacy – One Of Dem Days (Remix) 17. Pharrell feat. Lauren – Skateboard P Presents: Show You How To Hustle 18. Priestess – I Am The Night, Colour Me Black 19. Roots Manuva – No Love 20, Spank Rock – What It Look Like 21. Sway – Hype Boys 22. The Bronx – Around The Horn 23. The Presets – Steamworks 24. The Vacation – I’m No Good 25. Tiga – Good As Gold 26. Tigarah – Girl Fight (Mr. D Hyphy Mix) 27. Tomas Andersson – Washing Up (Tiga Remix) 28. Valient Thorr – Heatseeker 29. Vitalic – My Friend Dario 30. Wolfmother – Joker And The Thief

16th September 2006: Babak Shayan of Soda Inc. @ Exile, Belgrade/Yugoslavia, DJ set 16th September 2006: Jon Silva of Soda Inc. @ Klub Jezero, Vrnja?ka Banja/Yugoslavia, DJ set 17th September 2006: Soda Inc. @ VIP party, Belgrade, YU 23rd September 2006: Jon Silva of Soda Inc. @ Zhivot, Kharkov/Ukraine, DJ set 08th October 2006: Soda Inc. @ Glam, Larissa/Greece, Live & DJ set 21st October 2006: Soda Inc. @ Climax, Stuttgart, Live & DJ set

Aquarium is the third album of Naomi from Berlin. And it is their best one – more pop than ever, and as intriguing as it is exciting. Not that the previous albums (Everyone Loves You, 2002, and Pappelallee, 2004) didn’t get their share of jubilant reviews: The Süddeutsche Zeitung, one of Germany’s most respected daylies, described Naomis sound as a “perfect balance between bittersweet harmonies and relaxed rhythms which seemed to be the privilege of Air and the Pet Shop Boys”; the KulturSpiegel enthused about “elegant, dreamy but always modern electro pop”; and the Rolling Stone gave four stars – meaning “fabulous”. But a band who made it onto more than 70 compilations worldwide must have something special, don’t they? So now: Aquarium. As athmospherically engrossing as you’ll expect, but by new means completely. The duo abandon their earlier love of wide soundscapes – hence no predominant samples this time, no echo loops and padded sounds. Instead we get reduced, almost minimal arrangements, guitars and Wurlitzer piano, Mellotron and sparse synthesizers over dry hiphop beats. No instrumentals anymore, not “tracks”, but songs, quite traditonally structured, and they’re all hits, just listen to the first single “Another Bite Of The Apple”. What was hinted at on Pappelallee has now blossomed over the stretch of a whole album: Bernd Lechler and Nico Tobias are fantastic songwriters. With Aquarium they’ve risen from the pigeonhole of Downbeat music for good. And they’re pleasant songs. Striking but deep, chiselled but emotional, and though definitely weird at times, they still seem to sort the world out. Which sounds like a contradiction in terms, but Naomi pull it off with an idiosyncratic mix of luminous melodies and equanimous understatement, big emotion and laconic detail. Add to that lyrics that will get you, song characters you know from your bathroom mirror. The abandonded lover in “Perfect Day In Hell”, writing helplessly to his ex from the emotional desert. The daydreamer in “Personal Big Bang” whose future seems so bright he’ll never get going. Mind you: “Needle On The Record” and “How Many Loves” make it clear that you can dance to confusion.

By the way: “Aqurium” was mixed by Patrik Majer (got the “Echo 2006″ as “best German Producer”, produced “Wir sind Helden ” among others) and Peter Schmidt (Blumfeld, Rosenstolz).

Prelistening: Aquarium