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Crystal Fighters



French fashion and music label Kitsuné boasts a lengthy laundry list of electro indie rock giants, among them Boys Noize, Bloc Party, the Whitest Boy Alive, Hot Chip, and many others. So it should come as no surprise that Spain's Crystal Fighters, a folktronic band that cleverly combines Basque folk instruments with drum loops, heavy synths, lilting vocals, and a rocking stage show happily joined their ranks in 2008. Crystal Fighters was formed after enigmatic singer Laure recovered a diary of her deceased reclusive grandfather's while visiting his Basque country home. Inside the insane man's notebook contained the skeleton of an incomplete opera with the future band's name as its title. Intent on completing the work and honoring her grandfather's legacy, she returned to London and enlisted the aid of friends, Gilbert, Graham, Sebastian, and Mimi, and together they researched and worked to finish his opera. Along the way, they became inspired by the dark folksy sounds of Spanish instruments, combined them with London's booming basslines, and the band was born. Their first electro single, "I Love London," became a smash hit and has been heavily remixed and played on the club circuits throughout Europe. Known especially for their dramatic and eclectic artful stage performances, Crystal Fighters promise to play new tracks and remixes at every show, and prove that electro bands can do more than just mess around with GarageBand and derive inspiration from ever-expanding sources. Their next single, Xtatic Truth dropped in May of 2009, cementing the group's place among Kitsuné royalty. -Allmusic 



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