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Best of NYC 2015, Open Submission Results for ELECTRO: CAFUNÉ, Teenage Love, Born Cages

The churning out of local artists qualifying for our Best of NYC  Emerging Artist 2015 Poll continues with the ELECTRONIC category. In case you missed the previous announcements, we've already published results for Indie, Hip Hop + Other, and Rootsy Pop/Songwriters. This is a rather exciting category, considering the exponential growth of the electronic NYC scene in recent years.

Total submissions in this category: 18

Jurors: Jonathan Goodwill (The Deli DC), Quang Tran (The Deli Philly), PDG (The Deli NYC).

Artists qualified to the next stage (i.e. the Readers' Poll, starting around 01.25):

1. CAFUNÉ - (7.66 out of 10)

Sedona Schat and Noah Yoo's music exists in a perpetual spring (as in the season), so 2015, with its mild summer and incredibly warm winter, might have as well been their year. Sedona's breezy melodies are complemented by Noah's peppy, dancy electronic arrangements. Their single "Warm Body" found lots of love on the internet, and so did their 2015 debut EP "Originals." 

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2. BORN CAGES (7.6)

With their anthemic songs and polished but edgy production, NYC's Born Cages make music that belongs in arenas - in particular their first single "Rolling Down the Hill." Their stand out track "I Just Want the Truth, Baby" (streaming) blends electronic quirkyness with sophisticated crooning a la' Bryan Ferry, showcasing a versitile and talented band with more than one trick up its sleeve. The trio had an exciting 2015, culminated in a fall US tour supporting The Lighthouse and the Whaler and Family Force 5.

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3. Teenage Love (7.5)

Bicontinental duo Katy Gunn (Brooklyn) and Anna Lidell (Copenhagen) charmed us right away with their band Teenage Love's debut EP "Gold." Their tracks balance elegant, jazz informed melodies with an unconventional approach partly reminiscent of some of the most approachable material by NYC electronic experimenteur Laurie Anderson. Hopefully in 2016,  to cultivate this promising project, the two ladies will find themselves on the same side of the ocean more often than not.

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HONORABLE MENTIONS - (Score above 7):

St. LenoxNola WrenLoving YouNEW MYTHSSyviaSecret Weapons.

See you soon with another category!

The Deli Folks





NYC indie rockers Born Cages debut new music video

NYC rockers Born Cages just premiered a new music video (streaming below) for the single "I Just Want the Truth, Baby," off of their recently released debut album, "I'm Glad I'm Not Me." Shot in slow motion black-and-white, and partially inside of a church's confessional booth,  the video emenates a mysterious and sexy vibe. The song itself is 3-minutes of sex-laden lyrics laid over dark, electro-rock instrumentation and an infectious melody that deviates from the traditional indie-rock formula in just the right places. The trio's anthemic rock songs and unique fusion of electro- and indie-rock elements has garnered them a lot of attention in the last few months. Following the end of their first headlining US tour, Born Cages has signed on as a part of this summer's Vans Warped Tour, but unfortunately it won't be bringing them back to New York. The album is available for purchase or streaming, check out also the videos for the songs "Caiti" and "Don't Look Back."

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The Danbees play Pianos tomorrow (05.08)

When a band is labeled by a magazine "The coolest young rock band in Brooklyn" (in this case, the band is The Danbees and the magazine VNDL) you've gotta give them a listen - although the term "cool" applied to "band" sounds a little vague. Last year The Danbees released a full length entitled "I'm in Control" of rather energetic alt rock ranging from the Strokes influenced to the bluesy, which gives us the impression of a band with potential but still in search of a defined identity. Our favorite track is vaguely R.E.M.-esque "Love is on the Rise," streaming below. They will be playing live at Pianos tomorrow (May 8).

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Born Cages announce LP "I’m Glad I’m Not Me" + play SXSW

New York anthemic pop-rockers Born Cages are releasing their debut album, "I’m Glad I’m Not Me," on June 2nd, just in time for your summer mix tape! If you’re a weather optimist (stuck in a hopeless NYC winter) and are already compiling those rooftop jams, you'll find some noteworthy candidates in their debut EP "The Sidelines," featuring five mostly upbeat, soaring, and heavily melodic tracks - which will also appear in the full length. Born Cages is one of the first bands to join new NYC label Washington Square, joining The Hold Steady and former The Virgins singer Donald Cumming. They will co-headline with Dreamers on a full US tour beginning on March 4th heading to Austin for SXSW, and tour again this summer with the 2015 Vans Warped Tour. - Leora Mandel

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Born Cages unveil video for "Rolling Down the Hill"

Born Cages serve their boombastic, anthemic electronic rock-pop with a side of indie attitude. The NYC band is getting a fair amount of attention, and you can certainly blame that on their music's extreme catchciness. Listening to "Rolling Down the Hill" (the video, streaming below, just premiered on Yahoo Music), generates sudden thoughts of arenas packed with delirious fans, strobe lights and even... fireworks! - it almost sounds as if this song was avtually recorded in a packed arena! Only time will tell if Born Cages will get to play the most capacious of music venues , for now you can catch them at NYC's Rockwood Music Hall's Stage 2 on December 2.

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