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Kiwi quintet The Naked & Famous are set to bring their summery southern hemisphere electro-pop to the wintry shores of Britain in 2011. The group formed as a duo in 2008 when Thom Powers and Alisa Xayalith met at an Auckland music school. The pair grew up listening to Massive Attack, Bjork, PJ Harvey and Tricky, taking their name from one of the Bristol artist's lyrics.

The pair were joined by Aaron Short and found early acclaim in their native New Zealand with EPs This Machine and No Light. It wasn't long before they were making their way across the Pacific, winning over a host of US blogs with impressive performances at Austin's SXSW and New York's CMJ festivals in 2008.

David Beadle and Jesse Wood soon joined the live band to complete the quintet. Often compared to MGMT and Passion Pit, the group found mainstream success in their homeland when the track Young Blood became the first debut single to reach number 1 in New Zealand for 16 years, winning the group the country's Silver Scroll award in the process.

Fiction Records picked the track up for a UK release and it wasn't long before it captured the interest of Radio 1 DJs Fearne Cotton and Nick Grimshaw. The forthcoming re-working of their self-produced album Passive Me, Aggressive You is sure to cement their place in the hearts of a horde of new UK fans.

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1/Young Blood
Scrobbles 3463 - Listeners 882
2/Punching In A Dream
Scrobbles 1918 - Listeners 336
3/Young Blood (Strange Talk Remix)
Scrobbles 653 - Listeners 254
4/All Of This
Scrobbles 320 - Listeners 109
5/Girls Like You
Scrobbles 521 - Listeners 107

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