The Hotness: Eight Bit Tiger, Team Me, HandS

The Hotness is your daily look at 3 new songs that are amazing, essential, and are sure to make you horny. Ok, the last part isn’t necessarily true. But if you don’t like at least one of these three songs, you need to check 1) Your testosterone levels 2) Your estrogen levels 3) Your hearing.

Eight Bit Tiger is a Chicago-based dance pop duo consisting of two very attractive Swedish brothers, Erik and Kent Widman. I’ve been near obsessed with their just-released debut album, Parallel Synchronized Randomness, since it found its way into my email box a few weeks back. It’s taken me a while to write about these cats mostly because I’ve had a difficult time figuring out what I was going to say in my piece about them. Well, a  few weeks later and I still have no fucking clue what to say except that Eight Bit Tiger take the best elements of everyone from 80s Lionel Ritchie, Prince and a little Michael Jackson, and blend them into tight new wave-y dance tunes which recall the best production from songs by Roisin Murphy and even The Cardigans. I know that’s a ton of references, but if imagining all of those artists in a room making music doesn’t give you a musical boner, then you’re fucked – and not in a good way. The first single off Parallel Syncronized Randomness is called “Numbers” but I’ve decided to post “Our World” in order to back up my Cardigans reference. Check it out below.

*Eight Bit Tiger’s debut album, Parallel Synchronized Randomness, is out now via The Musik Group.


Eight Bit Tiger “Our World”


Team Me is a great Norwegian band comprised of singer Marius and backed by keyboardist Synne, guitarist Simen, bassist Uno, drummer Bjarne and bassist Simen. 2011 has been a year full of many amazing musical discoveries for me, and Team Me are right up there with one of the best of the year. Their sound is rooted in folk, but full of all sorts of fun instruments, plenty of pop hooks and a nice assortment of clever lyrics – most notably within the chugging pop of their song “Patrick Wolf & Daniel Johns”. Comparison-wise, Team Me reminds me of a more jingly version of New Pornographers if sung by the lead singer of Wheatus. While listening to their excellent debut album “To The Treetops!” I can’t help but imagine Team Me’s music being turned into a Broadway musical one day – what with their perfectly-over-produced tunes (yes, that can be a good thing, too), happy harmonizing and penchant for storytelling. My favorite track on an album of many great ones is called “Show Me” and I’ll be damned if it doesn’t put a smile on your face. Listen to it below.

*Team Me’s new album, To The Treetops!, is out now in Norway via Propeller Recordings. (I’ll keep you posted on a US release)


Team Me “Show Me”

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HandS is a sexy Norwegian duo comprised of Håkon Njøten and Sofie Storaas, who are making their 2nd appearance on The Hotness with their latest jam, “So Surreal”. You may or may not remember that I wrote about HandS a couple of weeks ago when I featured their Abba-meets-Roxette-via New Order-ish debut single “Romance”. Though I liked Romance, I love that they’ve done a 180 with (b-side) “So Surreal” – a midtempo pop song which is truly a collaborative effort between Hakon and Sofie’s vocals. At times the song reminds me of some of my favorite Things-To-Make-And-Do-era Moloko tracks, but much smoother and with far fewer acrobatics than anything Moloko ever did. Clocking in at just under 4 minutes, “So Surreal” is one of those perfect slices of pop music that may not grab you at first, but will certainly reward with repeated listens. Good stuff. Check it out below.

*HandS’s new single, Gold, will be out in a few weeks via Cosmos Music.


HandS “So Surreal”


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