My friend Dirk De Ruyck (owns Smile, a management company who represents Belgian artists like Aeroplane and Villa) and former A&R of Eskimo Recordings in Gent, Belgium - (my motherland) sent me over The Aikiu. Dirk said they are one to watch out for and by the sound of this track, I can see why!
The Aikiu is Alex Aikiu and was born in Paris when Alex teamed up with his friends Julien Vichnievsky and Cedric Pilooski. Nile Rodgers (legendary disco innovator with his band Chic) once called Alex, "Madonna with a dick…and with Simon Le Bon’s voice". Legendary photographer Jean-Paul Goude has been working with Alex for the last 3 years and his music is influenced by Roxy Music, David Bowie, and a hint of Chic. The Aikiu's first EP, "Just Can't Sleep" was just released, June 14th on Abracada Records from France.
The song is about Alex’s love for late-’70s/early-’80s New York: “A time when the city was in a terrible mess, but at the same alive with an air of decadent glamour and freedom. It’s about the freedom of dancing”, he says. The EP contains 8 tracks, one being the original and 7 other remixes. Am loving the graphics of this video directed and edited by Alex Giomo!
MP3: Just Can't Sleep (Original) - The Aikiu