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Jan
16th
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Berlin is rainy and cold and we are praying for better days to come. Thanks Mighty Oaks for providing us an escape from everyday life. This is “Brother”, the first single of their upcoming album.

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2014 will probably be her year: Banks! Her poppy R&B is much more than “Warm Water”. Actually her music is boiling hot. Tune into the Banks Artist Station.

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Jan
8th
Wed
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New app design for iOs and Android phones

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Prominent album artwork and enhanced usability features

For the latest release of our iOS and Android mobile app, we decided to emphasize visual design with a prominent album cover and larger  “love” and “ban”  buttons. We implemented a simpler, but at the same time stronger visual design language in order to make the user interface more intuitive and easier to recognize.

More than 150 curated music stations for a rich music journey

The improved usability of the app provides easier access to the stations - arranged by genre, featured station, featured artist and mood. With more than 150 curated stations from all genres and time periods, we offer a diverse catalogue and thus a rich musical journey. Let’s start this New Year with the Best of 2013.

Personal music safe and comfortable inside the car

Our music apps can also be easily connected to in-car entertainment systems of Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Mini and others. Access your favorite stations by simply clicking the play button to enjoy music without distractions. 

The new AUPEO! app can now be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play Store.

Device art generated by Android Asset Studio and licensed under CC BY 3.0

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Sep
26th
Thu
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Fighting for the A’s

This month sees a heavyweight champions match for the charts throne. Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga return with the respective singles “Roar”, “Wrecking Ball” and “Applause” to a music market that is set to move into post-summer hit territory after months of “Blurred lines” and getting lucky. The queen bees of Pop enter the classroom fighting for the definite A. All three, Cyrus, Gaga and Perry have their promotion lasers set on “kill” - and they are aiming at all of us.

From a queen bee you’d expect to be self-assured enough to be turning heads anyways. A queen bee doesn’t have to do anything to have an entourage of admirers following her every move.  That’s why it always feels a little bizarre when big players in music biz start jumping for your attention. But then again, when it comes to Pop stars, we’re used to this schizophrenic behavior. You’d expect Lady Gaga to run around naked in a pointless video that is unrelated to her new album, sooner or later. Sooner, in this case, only means right on time to make some buzz about naked Gaga and then we can talk about the upcoming album. You’d expect Miley Cyrus to do everything to point out that she’s a grown up woman now (almost) and can buy her own beer at the gas station – even if it takes a giant rubber foam index finger and Robin Thicke’s crotch for all the pointing out. And maybe you’d even expect Katy Perry to get rid of all the iconic wigs and bras she sported last time around. All this just adds to the big narrative their careers are.

As an artist you always have to retell the story so far when the new album comes out – what happened between then and now to justify why your hair is green, your face tattooed or your shoes on fire. And each one of the queen bees has a different story to tell. Here’s a little recap of what we understood so far:

 

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Lady Gaga turned into a serious artist giving her work a solid theoretic foundation. She’s closer to Warhol than to Stock, Aitken & Waterman now.  She knows words like post-modern.

Miley Cyrus is grown up now (please repeat) – she wants people to see that she has a butt. That’s why she has to wear only bikinis. Hannah Montana is definitely dead.

Katy Perry is a real artist now. Don’t mistake serious and real. Katy Perry will definitely wear over the top costumes on her next tour. But “Prism” will be her self-reflection record – maybe she will not wear make up in the video to the big ballad from “Prism”.

So, who do you think will win the fight for number one?

We can only guess but expect the artist that has the most consistent story to tell to get the A grades. Will it be Lady Gaga? Maybe this whole ARTPOP concept is a little too pretentious for the average listener, but still it’s Pop circus big time. As long as she doesn’t talk too much about art history, there’s a good chance. At least all the crotch touching, laser-pointing Pop-iconography looks pretty natural on her, whereas this all seems to be rather a matter of training for Miley Cyrus. Since her story seems to lack a little substance behind the statement that she reinvented herself because she’s grown up now (just to clarify this once again). Because all her “wild” and “shocking” behavior always seems overly calculated we think she’s  the least likely to make it to the top of the charts. And then there’s Katy Perry, adopting certain parts of the “it’s just me, a mic and my heartache”-strategy that helped Adele to become a major star. And we’re pretty sure that in combination with some flashy outfits and a “Party all night”-Single it will work again this time.

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Sep
23rd
Mon
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Get your pens and pads, it’s time for school

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Hip-Hop has always been filled with references to school. Now that it has grown old, we are finally witnessing a generation gap. In their everlasting quest for keeping it real, some of the old guard of artists have been on a mission to “school” the younger generation, but sadly this has often taken bitterly comical turns.

Teaching left and right how hip-hop is no more fun, clever, conscious and a million other things is getting embarrassing.  Those of us old enough to still be holding on to our proud memories of growing up with the culture, feeling frustrated by today’s mainstream; we just need to dig deeper. Rock fans were forced to start doing that in the 70s. It’s time some older heads let themselves be schooled by the new generation who have accepted the realities. They grew up having to find the best, by ignoring the rest.

We are currently witnessing a flood of MCs and producers, all students of the 90’s, steadily coming up, sounding fresh while showing due respect to old-school values and aesthetics.  All they do is bring their skills to the battle the old fashioned way. Only a few will make it big, but that’s ok, isn’t it? Hip-Hop is no different from any other art form and immune to the hygienic mainstream. For those in desperate need of a dose of contemporary “real” Hip-Hop, be schooled by the Underground Hip-Hop station. For those in need of reminding that Hip-Hop is a culture, more than just DJs and MCs, listen to the Electro Funk station, get on the floor station and try to do the windmill. 

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Jun
17th
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Five albums we cannot wait to hear

Believe it or not, it isn’t only the broken air conditioning in the office making us sweat these days. There’s also some music in the pipeline we’re eager to get our hands on, or - ahm - ears on. Here’s five albums of the next few weeks that we’re desperately waiting for:

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Austra - Olympia

Katie Stelmanis’ voice is probably not everybody’s cup of tea. Austra's singer has that kind of timbre that signifies emotional depth for some - and reminds others of a sad buzz saw. Nevertheless, we expect a lot from Austra's sophomore effort “Olympia” as the contrast between cold electronic beats and emotional singing is pretty fascinating.

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Smith Westerns - Soft Will

Our Indie Rock editors are still listening to Smith Western’s 2011 single “Weekend” to such an extent that it makes us think the twentysomethings from Chicago found an highly addictive secret chord on their guitar necks. But maybe their new album “Soft Will” will be the antidote? We doubt it, since Smith Westerns are getting better and better with each album. 

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Thundercat - Apocalypse

If you are looking for musical diversity personified, Thundercat is the best place to turn. Stephen Bruner - that’s Thundercat’s real name - combines family rooted Jazz talents, a Suicidal Tendencies infected Hardcore past and a Flying Lotus-produced contemporary electronic music craze. And that’s definitely something we can’t wait to hear on his second album “Apocalypse”.

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David Lynch - The Big Dream

Another one that might not appeal to everyone and for some will probably fall under the category “artsy-fartsy pretentious noise”. But first: what do you expect from someone who has made films like “Lost Highway”? Naive Bubblegum Pop? And second: “I’m Waiting Here” - the advance single, featuring Lykke Li on vocals, almost sounded like conservative songwriting and would fit perfectly onto every soundtrack to a David Lynch movie. And we always liked the soundtracks, even if we thought the movies were artsy-fartsy pretentious…

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Mayer Hawthorne - Where Does This Door Go  

Our favorite Neo-Soulster Mayer Hawthorne has spent two years between his last longplayer “How Do You Do” and his upcoming album “Where Does This Door Go”. He seems to have been especially concerned with working on his funkiness - at least that’s what we take from listening to Tuxedo Funk’s E.P., a project that is rumoured to consist of Hawthorne and producer Jake One. And if the rumours are true, you can expect Mr. Hawthorne to take Neo-Soul into the future by dusting it off and adding some new layers for the bootyshakers out there.  

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May
16th
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Win 2 x 2 tickets for the BeLaSound festival

BeLaSound is much more than merely a festival, it is an event that aims to build bridges between Germany and Latin countries in America and Europe. The richness of those cultures is conveyed through a mix of the different disciplines such as music, dance, literature, sport, gastronomy etc. Whatever your tastes or age, this festival has something for everybody.

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The festival will be presenting the best of the Latin-American and Latin-European artists: Alex Cuba, Monsieur Periné, Nouvelle Vague, Los Van Van - just to name a few. We are giving away 2 x 2 tickets for you to be part of this unmissable event. Just write an email to community@aupeo.com with the subject “BeLaSound Festival” giving us your name, as well as the name of the person who you want to bring along with you and your favorite BeLaSound artist.

Deadline: 5th June. Good luck!

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Apr
16th
Tue
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James Blake - Overgrown Album Review

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When his phenomenal debut album was released, James Blake more than lived up to the hype that surrounded him. His introverted pop songs, steeped in Dubstep, certainly justified the furore. Perhaps if more people had sat up and taken notice of his earlier EPs, James Blake’s debut would have propelled him rapidly into the spotlight. His cover of Feist’s Limit To Your Love had already showed how much feeling the former music student could convey with his distinctive singing style.

The debut which followed in 2011 underlined his visionary concept of pop music, a phenomenon that still holds weight today. Overgrown is definitely not just another James Blake remake, but in fact clearly shows a musical development of Blake’s trademark sound. Again, his fragility is his strength.

Furthermore, in contrast to Overgrown, tracks such as the house-tinged Voyeur show an unusually strong side to the British musician and producer. With Overgrown, Blake demonstrates for the second time that he is one step ahead of the rest of the music world.

 

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