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MICHAEL LUKES

London (UK)
Indie alt.folk

Sept 23rd – London : Hoxton Underbelly

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Michael Lukes is a singer / songwriter born in England who lives between London and Rome.
Exposed at an early age to various sounds mainly from the UK scene, he began to cultivate his interest in music, performing in several bands.
In 2014 Michael Lukes collaborated with Neroloz, recording a cover of the hit song Titanium, by the well-known disc jockey David Guetta.
After many years of performing in cover bands, he embarked on a solo career in 2017, releasing a revisited version of ‘The Sound of Silence’ with which he won 2 awards for Original Interpretation and Arrangement.
In 2018 he performed live in several music festivals, recorded a version of Tom Walker’s ‘Leave a Light on’ and began composing his own original songs.
On May 24th, 2019 he released his debut EP titled “I AM’, inspired by his multi-cultural background and experiences, with 4 original songs and 1 bonus track.
“I AM” got good exposure and even some airplays from BBC6 and BBC Introducing plus Radio RAI in Italy.
After the release of the EP he started a UK tour called “I AM TOUR” with over 15 dates mainly in London.
Due to Covid 19 the tour was suspended, but will resume with new dates hopefully at the end of summer ’20. Right now Michael is working on new songs, and his songwriting style is developing into a more minimal and bare indie folk, inspired by bands like The Lumineers and classic British Ballads.

PR: Les Flâneurs

Indie, folk, electronic, trip hop

Le Flâneur is a dynamic figure: he can sit in a bistro observing the world that flows in front of him, but he is also a tireless walker, covering great distances, travelling random routes. A condition that allows him to observe everything that happens around him, without haste. A kind of involuntary hero, who fights against the approval of costumes and reaffirms his personality.
HE JUST WANTS TO SAVE HIMSELF. 

The project: Les Flâneurs is an idea of producer Alessandro Marchetti, who’s also a member of the indie band Il Disordine delle Cose. They released 3 albums (Quite Please, Warner Chapell). The full-lenght “La Giostra” was recorded in Iceland with the sound engineer of Sigur Ros and “In the Right Place” in Scotland in the studio of Mogwai and Belle and Sebastian.

Over those years Alessandro recorded some songs with a different soul, now collected under the name Les Flâneurs, involving collaborations with several artists he met in these years.  The sound ranges between indie, electronic and folk, with a significant use of synths, drum machines and orchestral sections. 
He liked the idea of working with different singers, especially girls.
It’s a sort of collective project, with Alessandro working as “director” as well as producer, in which everyone has brought their talents helping to improve the songs.
The songs feature artists from different countries: from Italian Carlot-ta, to Swedish Hanna Turi, to Brazilian Priscila Ribas. There is also a featuring (clearly unauthorized) by Edith Piaf. 
Les Flâneurs is also a work in progress, with several singles going to be released in the following months, each coming with a video, allowing the full album to be revealed along a road that will hopefully open to more collaborations.

The first single “Dark Souls”, released on all digital stores on December 10th, 2019 and featuring trippy warm vocals by Alice Greco, got praises and coverage worldwide, from the likes of influential websites as Jammerzine (US), The Joy of Violent Movement (US), This Is Chill (US), The Blackout Radio Show (US), The Breakfast King (FR), Book of Lies (UK), Music Traks (IT).
“I was looking for a warm voice for a song with the sound of Bristol in the late 90‘s – says Alessandro – and I thought of Alice, seen live in a club with her tribute to Adele, with whom she played all over Europe. I also knew that she worked a lot abroad as a singer so it seemed like the best choice. That’s how it was! Feeling with Alice was more genuine, her personality is disruptive, but she followed my advises no matter her experience.

BROKEN UP

Bologna / Ferrara (IT), Wave Records
Electronica / Wave

Apr 17 Ferrara (IT) – Teatro Off (release party)
Apr 24 Ferrara (IT) – Acido/Acida

Jun 26 Torino (IT) – Blah Blah

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Where the strobo lights of electro-pop and the darkness of new wave meet, Broken Up were born out of a vision that Dedo Panzera shared immediately with Max Caselli.
The notorious twos were respectively bass player and guitar player for two legendary acts from the Italian 80’s new wave scene (Intelligence Dept. and Go Flamingo!).
In Broken Up the two musicians join forces with the singer Chiara Boldrini and Tom Lampronti on keyboards.
Their countless experiences and different musical influences merge into this exciting new project, whose debut album “Soul Victim” will see the light Feb. 28th, 2020 on Brazilian influential Wave Records.
The single “Long Long Long”, released December 2019, quickly became a favourite of Seattle’s cult station KEXP.