Friday, July 11, 2008

Next Big Thing Alert: Onili

Out of Tel Aviv by way of Paris comes the multi-talented Onili. Citing seemingly random artists, she describes her influences to include Prince, Bjork, Outkast, and Henry Rollins. Imagine Lily Allen meets Brazilian Girls, produced by Justice. In addition to producing and deejaying, Onili also fronts her band of the same name, and actually opened some European gigs for Allen last year. Now they are finishing up work on the debut LP, First Kiss.

The first single, "Games", is instantly catchy funk-pop that begs you to dance along. It has been floating around awhile, and its EP includes three remixes from Israeli producers Sabbo, KUTIMAN, and NDV, as well as an a cappella version. You can listen to samples and purchase the mp3s here on CD Baby.

Here is live video as they perform the original (did we mention Onili also happens to be quite nice to look at?):

The song on repeat in mC offices today, though, is the sultry "Sentimental". Is it me, or does she vocally riff like Anthony Kiedis circa Blood Sugar Sex Magik for a bit in this:

So we're hooked. If you want to hear more, both the band's website and myspace page are streaming more tracks. But with no release date announced we'll have to wait a bit longer for our First Kiss.


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