Django Django – Default

For the last three years, Django Django have been busy doing great things in the East London bedroom slept in by their drummer, producer and de facto leader David Maclean. The result of those great things is a great self-titled debut record which, upon its release at the end of January, was met with the kind of universal critical acclaim that most debut acts can only dream of.

In the months since, they’ve embarked on – and quickly sold-out – a string of live dates both at home and abroad, bringing the record to life in a vibrant fashion that never fails to be met with anything other than roars of approval from packed-out crowds. Festival appearances have been coming thick and fast, with completely over-capacity shows at The Great Escape and Field Day leaving fans battling for entry. 2012 isn’t set to slow down with dates in Europe, Japan, Australia and the UK leading them through to two sold-out Heaven shows in October.

The quartet, who met at art school in Edinburgh, first came to peoples’ attentions after a gradual migration to London a couple of years back. 2009’s double A-side single “Storm”/”Love’s Dart” laid the blueprint for a confident, adventurous and psychedelically-bruised strain of art-rock that melds intangible electronic flourishes to the visceral rub of live instrumentation.

The time since has been spent holed away, expanding upon that blueprint, seeing where they can push it. “Time gives you options, and we had plenty of that,” says Vincent Neff, the singer and guitarist who – along with bassist Jimmy Dixon and synth operator Tommy Grace – completes Django Django.

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Indie Underground Playlist for 12/17/12

Mondays from 9-10pm CST on WRLT/Lightning 100, Nashville’s Independent Radio
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Divine Fits – Would That Not Be Nice (A Thing Called Divine Fits, Merge)
Django Django – Default (Django Django, Ribbon Music)
The Walkmen – Song For Leigh (Heaven, Fat Possum)
My Morning Jacket w/ Brittany Howard – It Makes No Difference (RSD Black Friday EP, ATO)
Jessie Baylin – Holiday (Little Spark, Blonderat/Thirty Tigers)
Kelly Hogan – We Can’t Have Nice Things (I Like To Keep Myself In Pain, Anti-)
Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale – The Train That Carried My Girl From Town (Buddy & Jim, New West)
Jim White – What Rocks Will Never Know (Where It Hits You, YepRoc)
Dr. John – Eleggua (Locked Down, Nonesuch)
Jimmy Cliff – One More (Rebirth, Sunpower/Universal)
Best Coast – The Only Place (The Only Place, Mexican Summer)
Dum Dum Girls – Season In Hell (End Of Daze, Sub Pop)
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Ain’t No Chimneys In The Projects (Funky 45, Daptone Records)
Irma Thomas & Preservation Hall Jazz Band – May Ev’ry Day Be Christmas (Holidays Rule, Hear Music)

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