Friday, March 16, 2007

INDIE BANDS: Vaux nominated for Shortlist Award; ecodek garners win in Canadian Music Week Awards


The Shortlist Organization recently announced that the VAUX album Beyond Virtue Beyond Vice has been nominated for the highly regarded Shortlist Music Prize. The Shortlist Music Prize is a peer-selected award that recognizes the most creative and adventurous albums of the year.

The nominees were selected by a panel of listmakers including two journalists from Rolling Stone and CMJ, and recording artists: Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol), Ronnie Vannucci (the killers), Wayne Coyne (Flaming Lips), Sufjan Stevens, Franz Ferdinand, Panic! at the Disco, and KT Tunstall. Some of this years other nominees included acts such as: Beck, the Decemberists, TV on the Radio, Tom Waits, Neil Young, Belle and Sebastian, Mute Math, Cat Power, Mates of State, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and The Strokes among others. In all, artists from ten countries were nominated, including five Scandinavian and five English artists. More than 45 record labels, including VAUX’s Denver based label Outlook Music, released the 61 albums nominated for the award. The five previous shortlist winners include: Sigur Ros, N*E*R*D, Damien Rice, TV on The Radio and Sufjan Stevens.

Listmaker Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol calls this year’s Long list “an incredible list that looks like my own ipod.”

eccodek Wins "Best World Music Group Award" At The 2007 Canadian Music Week Awards

rephlektor inkorporated congratulates eccodek (aka the multi-ethnic collective led by Canadian producer Andrew McPherson) on being named "Best World Music Group" at the 2007 Canadian Music Awards ("The Indies.") Other notable winners included Arctic Monkeys, Feist, MSTRKRFT and Wolfmother. For more info visit

eccodek's victory at the The Indies precedes the April 24 US release of their new album Voices Have Eyes - the follow up to 2006's widely acclaimed More Africa In Us. eccodek's Voices Have Eyes continues to explore the crossroads where global groove, dub and electronica converge, expanding on a palate shaped by such innovators as African Head Charge, Bill Laswell, Mad Professor and Kruder & Dorfmeister.

Now in its 25th year, Canadian Music Week is the single longest running and premiere conference focusing on the Canadian Music business. CMW combines informative, intensive conferences, cutting edge trade exposition, award shows & Canada's biggest New Music Festival.

The Indies officially kicked off Rogers Wireless CMW 2007 on Wednesday March 7, 2007 at Toronto's The Docks Entertainment Complex. The show featured performances by Wolfmother and The Stills, among others.

Here's what the press said about eccodek's previous release, More Africa In Us

"One of the most outstanding contemporary dub albums to come out of this country."- eye Magazine (Toronto)

"The overall hypnosis is thoroughly Frederic Galliano accomplished with his 'African Divas'"- Global Rhythm

"Tired of waiting for new work by Massive Attack? Then Andrew McPherson's thrilling creation eccodek may be what you need."-Arkansas Democrat

"...An ethereal, atmospheric, global soundtrack."- Toronto Star

"Hypnotic and near otherworldly offering of tribal beats and sensual grooves."- San Francisco Bay Times

For more information about eccodek please visit:

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