CMJ 2010 Artist Spotlight: Bikini

Nostalgic for electro-pop bands of the ’80s? Check out Bikini. I first discovered the New York-based duo back in 2008 when I stumbled upon “Tonight” while scrounging around the blogosphere for songs to play on my college radio show. But despite love from Pitchfork, BBC1, and others, the band has released no new material since then. Concerning The Number 7 and Your Love is their only record, and their MySpace page is a tease with just one song streaming. Fortunately, it’s a good one.

If you thought you were sick of Feist’s “1234,” think again. Bikini’s cover reinvents the song with robotic vocals and authentically ’80s synth. Listen below:

Bikini is playing three shows in New York as part of this year’s CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival:

Oct. 19, 1:30PM – The Music Slut CMJ Party @ Pianos
Oct. 20, 8:30PM – Lefse Records / I Guess I’m Floating CMJ @ The Delancey
Oct. 23, 12:30AM – Windish Agency CMJ Showcase @ Santos

They’ve also got an EP scheduled for November 2010 release, so be sure not to miss them. As you might’ve guessed, Bikini doesn’t play a lot of dates.

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Jess G.

Jess is a writer/producer with a knack for audio and online production. She grew up in California and now lives in Washington, DC, where she recently graduated from Georgetown University. Jess' jacket collection is obscenely large, and so is her music library. In her spare time, Jess enjoys riding her bike in the city, blogging, writing songs, and eating good food.

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  1. I wonder where that picture was taken. Perhaps a neat dive spot. The water’s pretty choppy, but if it ever settles down, I bet there’s cool rock walls and drop-offs underwater.

  2. You do not know “tired of 1234” until a 2 year old has made you listen to it at least a hundred times in the span of 4 hours in the car. I wonder if I could get away with playing this version for her for a while. On the other hand, she gets even more excited when I play David Bowie for her so…

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